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A Teacher’s Summer Guide to PD at Crystal Bridges

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Teachers, we salute you.

It’s not easy being an educator. Even during the summer—that blissful time between grading tests and parent-teacher conferences—there are things that need to be done. Licenses need renewing, materials need to be made, and professional development (PD) hours need earning.

It’s your dedication that makes it happen. So, to make your life a little easier, we’ve put together a roundup of all the opportunities for PD at Crystal Bridges this summer. 

With workshops and presentations for every area from art to AP History and commitments ranging from an hour to a week, we’ve got something for everyone. So grab your planner and find the program that works for you!

For the art teacher who needs to recharge

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Summer Studio Intensive: Finding the Self in Self-Expression
Thursday, June 24 and Friday, June 25, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Art educators need self-care too! 

It’s easy to let the busyness of the school year overwhelm the creative spirit that makes you, well, you.

In this two-day, hands-on studio workshop for art educators, we’ll slow down and seek inspiration and renewal for our creativity through facilitated dialogue and writing in the galleries. Then, we’ll explore through materials just who we are and how we bring ourselves into our individual artmaking practice. 

$65 ($54 for members). 12 hours of PD credit are available for participants.

Learn more and sign up here!

For the teacher looking for a new perspective

Northern Trust Virtual Educator Speaker Series: In Conversation with Ronald Jackson and Scott Lunsford
Thursday, July 22, 5:30 to 7 pm *Note: This date has been postponed – TBA*

Stories matter. The stories we tell about our history matter even more.

Our three-part speaker series looks at this American moment through discussions between thought-leaders and artists, centered on works of art, and includes suggestions for classroom activities to engage students in discussion.

Our first thought-leader, Ronald Jackson’s work reflects the past and experiences the stories of African Americans. These stories of laughter, love, dreams, and desires establish the humanity of individuals in the African American community showing the beautiful existence of life beyond the struggle. 

In conversation with Jackson, Scott Lunsford of the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History will discuss the importance of collecting these stories and will offer educators tools to do so in their classroom curriculum. 

$10 ($8 for members). 1.5 hours of educator PD credit available.

Register for this virtual presentation and find out more here.

For the teacher who wants to add something new

Being Present in the Moment Curriculum Boot Camp
July 19-20, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

You can’t just leave current events at the classroom door—your students are affected by the news, too. But for the prepared educator, this can be an opportunity, not an obstacle. 

If that sounds like you, or you’d like it to, then we invite you to join us for a Curriculum Boot Camp focused on current events and the arts.  

In this two-day, on-site workshop, you’ll learn how to better facilitate rich discussions rooted in current events and how to encounter these issues through art. You’ll draw inspiration from guided viewing sessions in the galleries and take time with a curriculum expert and museum educators to develop lesson and unit plans for teaching current events through works of art. 

$20 ($16 for members). 12 hours of PD credit available.

Find out more and save your seat here.

Modern and contemporary art in Crystal Bridges Gallery 6

The African American Experience Curriculum Bootcamp
July 26-27, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

What voices are being heard in your classroom?

If you’re an educator looking to make room for the African American experience in your curriculum, if you’re ready to encounter Black voices and perspectives through art in your classroom, then this is the Bootcamp for you.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to better facilitate discussions rooted in African American lived experience and how to encounter that perspective through art. We’ll cover strategies to help you navigate discussions in your own classroom, as well as how to incorporate works from the Crystal Bridges permanent collection into your lessons. 

Like our other bootcamps, you’ll also have access to a curriculum expert to help you craft lesson and unit plans, and we’ll spend time in the galleries to help inspire you to new heights.

$20 ($16 for members). 12 hours of PD credit available.

Learn more and register here!

For those ready to dive a little deeper

Early American Gallery with We the People by Nari Ward

Summer Teacher Institute: Being Present in the Moment
Monday to Friday, July 12-16, 10 am to 4 pm

Students want to be able to talk about the world they live in. As teachers, it’s our job to help that happen.

Open to teachers of all subject areas, this interactive virtual PD session will show you how to incorporate art and current events into your existing curriculum. 

Over the course of the week, you’ll learn strategies and methodologies from a series of experts that will help you facilitate rich discussions and get the most from your classroom conversations. 

Worried about the pace? Dedicated practice time with your fellow participants, light homework, and daily office hours will ensure that you walk away from every session with confidence and skills you can apply in your next lesson.

$50 materials fee due at registration. 30 hours of PD credit available.

Don’t make your students leave the world behind when they come to class.

Find out more and register for a spot here.

Summer Teacher Institute: The African American Experience
Monday to Friday, July 19-23, 10 am to 4 pm

Whose stories do you tell when you teach? It’s all too easy to crowd out marginalized perspectives, to relegate Black voices to grim and grainy photographs. 

If you’re an educator looking to make room for the African American experience in your curriculum, then this Summer Institute is for you.

Open to teachers of all subject areas, this week-long, virtual PD session will dive deep into strategies for building conversations rooted in African American lived experience and how to encounter that perspective in your curriculum through art. 

You’ll engage with the work of Black artists and scholars like W.E.B. Du Bois and learn strategies and methodologies that will help you facilitate rich discussions and get the most from your classroom conversations. 

Worried about the pace? Dedicated practice time with your fellow participants, light homework, and daily office hours will ensure that you walk away from every session with confidence and skills you can apply in your next lesson.

$50 materials fee due at registration. 30 hours of PD credit available.

Don’t let your lessons limit the story of the African American Experience. Learn more and sign up today.