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Virtual Summer Workshop Series for K-12 Educators

Artifact-Based Thinking

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Jul. 8 - 12, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET


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K–12 educators: Join us online this July for a five-day series of virtual workshops designed to inspire passion through teaching with the Penn Museum’s collections and educational resources. Recommended for instructors of grades 6–12, but all K–12 educators are welcome.

Scholarships Available

A limited number of scholarships for teachers representing Title I schools are available thanks to the generous contributions of the Penn South Asia Center.


The theme for the series is Artifact-Based Thinking. Through interactive programs with Penn Museum instructors and experts in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, conservation, and education, educators will:

  • Develop techniques for encouraging close looking and critical thinking through artifact-based learning.
  • Identify strategies to encourage learners to effectively ask questions and embrace uncertainty as a part of the learning process.
  • Learn how to pair thinking routines with artifacts to create engaging and meaningful learning experiences.
  • Bring archaeology and object-based teaching into the classroom using the Penn Museum’s vast digital collection.
  • Embrace the importance of mentorship as a key element of youth instruction, especially for students from marginalized communities.
  • Connect with fellow educators and create networks of professional peer support.

Sessions will take place on Zoom, and registration includes access to recordings of each session. Participants will receive 7.5 hours of professional development credits. Please consult your district for applicable PD credits, such as PA Act-48.

Workshop Schedule

Featured Expert:

Emily Hirshorn (she/her) is the Associate Director of School Programs. A native Philadelphian and a graduate of the School District of Philadelphia public schools, she has devoted her career to teaching and managing educational programs in urban schools. At the Penn Museum, Emily has spent the last 10 years building and leading the Unpacking the Past program, which provides free pre-visit lessons and field trips to 6th and 7th grade classes in Philadelphia public schools. Previously, Emily managed one of the largest Out-of-School Time Programs sponsored by the City of Philadelphia and taught fifth grade in Baton Rouge and English as a Foreign Language in Mexico and Guatemala. She holds a B.A. in Geology from Colgate University and an M.S. in Non-Profit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.