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Certified in both Social Studies and Art, Elaine Avinoam has over thirty years of teaching experience in public schools, universities and museums in the USA, Brazil, Germany and England. 

Her deep love of children, art and adventure fueled her pioneering use of visual content in the classroom to catalyze literacy.  In 2018 Elaine left the classroom to establish her own business, Elaine Avinoam Consultant, Inc.  Currently, she serves public, charter and parochial schools in the greater New York area and elsewhere as a Mentor, Instructional Coach, Professional Learning Consultant and Curriculum Designer. 


Elaine’s expertise as an educational consultant has proved an invaluable support to her school leaders, teachers and learners since 2018.  She is a trusted problem-solver, expert at observing, identifying, assessing and solving instructional, academic and behavioral problems in the classroom.  An innovative thinker, Elaine has a proven record in implementing strategies that strength reading and writing across the content areas with measurable results.  Elaine also provided technology guidance to her clients, and was instrumental in shepherding schools online during the COVID-19 pandemic; she continues to pilot meaningful technology integration infused with content.  A creative presenter, she has facilitated workshops throughout the USA on topics that range from “Poetry Cracks Open the World: How and Why Writing Poetry Strengthens Student Writing, Fluency, Stamina and Comprehension”, “Increasing Content Comprehension with Visual Literacy”“Writing Across the Content Areas”,  to “Assessing Students’ Needs in Real Time”, “Using Film and Video in the Classroom” and “Presentation Skills for Students”.  Elaine is proficient in Project Based Learning integration, successfully building equity in the classroom through PBL and differentiation.  Elaine's current clients include the New York City Department of Education, Educate LLC and Discovery Education.  As a teacher,  Elaine taught Social Studies and Digital Arts in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY for over a decade, after several years teaching high school in the Bronx.  Prior to that she had a long career as a professor and researcher at universities in Europe, Brazil and the USA.   Her background also includes work as a museum professional at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and as Cultural Programmer at the Carl Schurz Haus in Freiburg, Germany.  

Elaine holds a BA in Art History from Oberlin College, and an MA and PhD(abd) in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of the University of London.  She also holds a Cambridge CELTA diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.  Elaine has also been the recipient of several awards including A National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship, a Gilder Lehrman Institute Master Teacher Fellowship, the New York City Region 2 Art Medal for outstanding teaching, and special honors from Scholastic Writers and Artists.   Her work has been featured in a Carnegie Corporation documentary film (Small Steps), in The New York Times, The Daily News, on various television programs, and in Brazilian and German newspapers.  

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