Professional Development

Increase your content knowledge and explore new ways to teach students about the ancient world through professional development at the Penn Museum. All professional development opportunities offer Act 48 credits to participating teachers.

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Penn Museum in Your Classroom

Thursday, February 4
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Looking for ways to deepen learning in your Social Studies classroom? The Penn Museum has you covered with a wide variety of Interactive Virtual Learning offerings sure to enrich your ancient history and global studies curriculum this Spring! During this free hour-long professional development you will receive a comprehensive overview of available program offerings and will be presented with quick samples of three virtual visits designed for K-12 students. Penn Museum educators will be available to answer all your burning questions live throughout the broadcast.

Free to Registered Guests


2020–2021 Teacher Talk Series

All teachers are welcome! Our free Teacher Talks are held on Thursdays from 4:00–5:00 pm ET. For each Talk, 1 hour of Act 48 credit is available for PA teachers. (Certificates of completion are available for teachers from other states.)

Free to Registered Guests


If you register for any Teacher Talk, you are automatically registered for the rest of this year’s series!

Dates & Topics

Check back soon for details!
  • January 14
    Writing for Relaxation
  • January 28
    Buddhism in Ancient China
  • February 11
    Museum of Me: Label Making
  • February 25
    Map Making and Meaning
  • March 11
    Paint Like the Ancients
  • March 25
    Muslim Celebration
  • April 8
  • April 22
    Museum Conservation
  • May 6
  • May 20
    Science in Archaeology
  • June 3
    Alcohol in the Ancient World

Create Your Own

Our educators can work with you to design a professional development experience that is perfect for your staff or group. Choose from expert talks, gallery tours, and interactive workshops – all designed specifically to meet your group’s professional learning goals. Depending on your preference, we are able to come to your school or host your group at the Museum.

Programs available include:

  • Talks from experts in the field of archaeology
  • Sessions led by cultural educators from around the globe
  • Workshops on Object-Based-Learning
  • Museum program previews
  • Tours of Museum galleries
  • Team Building Activities
Check out our past professional development opportunities for examples and ideas!