Professional Development fo K12 teachers at the Penn Museum..

Increase content knowledge, discover new resources, and swap stories when you attend professional development opportunities at Penn Museum.

Past Professional Development Opportunities

Special Education Programs at the Penn Museum

Sponsored in part by PECO

August 26, 2015
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Penn Museum
3260 South St.,
Philadelphia, PA 19104

All School District of Philadelphia 4th-12th grade Autistic Support, Life Skills Support, and Multiple Disability Support teachers* are invited to come to the Penn Museum on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM to preview our new educational offerings for students with disabilities.

Supplement the Low Incidence Curriculum with any one of our interactive and multisensory programs, which include gallery tours, Museum workshops, classroom outreach lessons, distance learning, and our Loan Box program. Our programs build upon your classroom studies of functional academics, social and interpersonal communication skills, and domestic maintenance.

Participate in our Special Education Programs Preview to see what we offer, meet our educators, and learn how you and your students can get involved!

Teachers who attend will receive:

  • five ACT48 credits (SDP teachers only)
  • light breakfast and catered lunch
  • FREE one year dual-adult family membership to the Penn Museum
  • FREE parking
  • priority in booking Unpacking the Past programs
  • ideas for how to integrate a Museum visit with curriculum standards

* 6th-8th grade AS, LSS, and MDS teachers qualify for participation in the Unpacking the Past program, which provides an outreach lesson, Museum workshop and tour, busing, and family membership to your students at no cost.

Inquiry and the Ancients: A Mini Teacher Institute

Presented by the Penn Museum and the University City Science Center

July 13 - July 14, 2015
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

This FREE two-day mini institute, sponsored in part by PECO, is offered to all middle school (6th-8th grade) teachers in the School District of Philadelphia, KIPP, and Mastery Charter schools.  Teachers from these schools are also eligible for the Penn Museum’s Unpacking the Past program, which provides free outreach lessons and museum visits (including buses) for all of their 7th grade classes.

The educational value of a class visit to the Penn Museum can be greatly enhanced by what happens before and after the trip.  Participants in this FREE Mini Institute will learn from leading experts in the field of archaeology, receive behind the scenes tours of the Penn Museum’s world-class collections, and be given time and space to work collaboratively with other teachers to create extension lessons for their classrooms using inquiry-driven approaches. Parking, breakfast, and lunch are included on both days of the Institute and teachers will receive ACT 48 credits for attending.  Those teachers who complete their pre- and post-visit lessons will receive a $100 stipend. 

Native American Peoples: Past and Present Teacher Institute

Calling high school teachers of all disciplines! The Penn Museum will host a Teacher Institute in collaboration with the Yale Peabody Museum. Sessions will highlight the Penn Museum’s incredible collection of Native American objects and knowledgeable curators and professors. The Institute will assist and inspire teachers to create a curriculum that highlights Native American culture of past and present.

Through this extraordinary opportunity, teachers will receive:

  • Object and primary source workshops with Penn Museum curatorial staff
  • Guided discussion with Teacher Specialists to create pre- and post-museum visit lesson plans
  • An expansion of content knowledge, classroom resources, and ways to inspire students to critically think

As participants of the Teacher Institute, teachers that complete pre- and post-visit extension lessons will receive $100 stipends. Participating High School teachers of all disciplines will receive discounted student admission to the Penn Museum and free materials to take back to the classroom.

Indigenous Peoples: Past and Present will directly integrate Common Core and Pennsylvania State Standards into content and sessions for easy adaptation to any classroom.


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