Saturday Professional Development Workshops

Day-long programs emphasizing object-based learning strategies for multiple disciplines and grade-levels. Pre-registration required; space is limited. Lunch and breaks provided.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519, Italian), Codex Leicester, c.1506-10 (detail). Ink on paper. Each double sheet 11 ¾” x 17 5/8”

Daylong Workshop for Educators: Thinking in Pictures

Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester and the Power of Observation

Saturday, February 21st, 2015 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Our brains are wired to rapidly make sense of and remember visual input. Visualizations in the form of diagrams, charts, drawings, pictures, and a variety of other ways can help students understand complex information. A well-designed visual image can yield a much more powerful and memorable learning experience than a verbal or textual description.

Today, “applied visual thinking” (aka "doodling") is recognized as an important skill. Studies have shown that doodling can free up short- and long-term memory, improve content retention and increase attention span. It can also produce creative insight and develop critical thinking skills.

This day-long program will emphasize learning strategies for multiple disciplines and grade-levels.

Registration fee includes: resource materials, certificate of attendance, and lunch.
Pre-registration required; space is limited.  $35 general/ $30 museum member.
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Arts Integration & Appetizers

A FREE Wednesday evening professional development series for educators

Programs run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and will include light refreshments. Join fellow educators as we explore ways to use art objects as primary source materials for learning across the curriculum. Participants receive free teaching resources, and will enjoy hands-on activities, gallery tours, and opportunities to discover Museum resources. 

What Objects Mean - November 5, 2014

Art-Powered Time Machine - December 3, 2014

Reading Portraits: Integrating Portraits into the Social Studies and Language Arts Curriculum - January 7, 2015

The Power of Observation - February 4, 2015

Everyone's a Critic: Developing and Defending an Informed Opinion - March 4, 2015

Incorporating Contemporary Art into Your Classroom Curriculum - April 1, 2015

On Your Schedule

Museum Education Staff will conduct customized professional development sessions upon request for your school community, at your site or ours. Subject to staff availability; fees may apply. Contact the Museum at with your request.

Clock Hours

Formal professional development sessions include documentation of clock hours toward recertification.