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Professional Development fo K12 teachers at the Penn Museum..

“The speakers were amazing! Really enjoyed their expertise as well as down-to-earth attitudes.”

With its world-famous collection and internationally-respected scholars, the Penn Museum offers unique opportunities for teachers to increase content knowledge and explore new ways to teach students about the ancient world. All Penn Museum professional development opportunities offer Act 48 credits to participating teachers.


Current Professional Development Opportunities

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Educators’ Open House: Middle East Galleries

Monday, May 14, 5:00pm-7:00pm (registration at 4:30pm)

Join the Penn Museum for an evening of discovery and inspiration in the brand new Middle East Galleries. See how this first phase of the Building Transformation Project will take you and your students on a journey, exploring how ancient Mesopotamian societies gave rise to the world’s first cities...cities not so different from our own.

Enjoy beer, wine and Mediterranean hors d’oeuvres while you discover how these objects will lend themselves to your curriculum! Try out some of our newly developed activities inspired by this incredible collection of objects and chat with trained gallery guides who can answer your burning questions about the ancient Middle East.


Create Your Own

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Professional Development

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.

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Past Professional Development Opportunities

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Archaeology in Philadelphia

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 4:30 PM - 6:30PM

Please join us as Mary Mills and Rebecca White from AECOM Cultural Resources to discuss ongoing excavations along I-95 here in Philadelphia. They will bring a sampling of the 1.5 million artifacts recovered to date. Ranging from Native American points to infant feeders and roach traps, the artifacts reveal new details about daily life and early industries along the Delaware River.

Having years of experience in museum education and public outreach, our speakers will share how educators can guide students in the use of material culture and primary documents to understand the past.


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Daily Life of Ancient Egyptians with Shelby Justl

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 4:30 PM - 6:30PM

Travel back in time to 1500 BCE to see ancient Egypt beyond the pyramids and mummies with Egyptologist Shelby Justl. Explore ancient Egyptian settlements and daily life, including the glamorous palaces of Pharaohs, to huge private officials’ villas, to small workmen’s dwellings. Learn more about the ancient Egyptians’ childhood, family life, occupations, leisure activities, and even what the clothing they wore and the food that they ate. Get answers to all your burning questions about how ancient Egyptians handled challenges like illness, grief, theft, lazy co-workers, and bad bosses.


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Engaging Students in International Issues: The Choices Approach

March 17, 2017, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Co-sponsored by the Brown University’s Choices Program, Penn’s Middle East Center, and South Asia Center, this workshop will introduce educators to the Choices Program's award-winning resources to teaching about contested international issues.

Participants will be immersed in two Choices units: The Middle East in Transition: Questions for U.S. Policy and Confronting Genocide: Never Again? as well as two Penn Museum exhibitions, Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq, and Bearing Witness: 4 Days in West Kingston.

Workshop includes two curriculum units ($80 value), lunch, certificate of attendance, Six Act 48 credits, and all workshop materials.


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Representing Contemporary Cultures in Museums with Thomas Leischner

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 4:30 AM - 6:30PM

The Penn Museum is famous for our collection of ancient archaeological material, but we also have several exhibits focused on contemporary people. This evening, we will spend time in two galleries that address modern events - Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq, and Bearing Witness: Four Days in West Kingston. What did the curators want visitors to learn? How did they want us to feel about these contemporary people? How can we see their intentions in the design of the displays, text, and multimedia? How can we help our students make sense of these exhibits?


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Ancient Middle East: Using STEM to Analyze the Past

Saturday, January 27, 2018 8:30 AM - 12:30PM

Understand more about how archaeologists use scientific analysis to understand the people of ancient Mesopotamia. Begin with an activity to explore unfamiliar objects, then tour the Artifact Lab with conservator Tessa Alarcan Martin. Hear from Dr. Marie-Claude Boileau of the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials, in a talk about her scientific analysis of ancient Middle East ceramics. Then finish with a STEM-focused interactive workshop that examines Mesopotamian ceramic coffins. For more info, emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This FREE opportunity features breakfast, parking, and Act 48 Credits for PA educators. Presented by the Penn Middle East Center and the Penn Museum.


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The Refugee Experience with Nyamal Biel Tutdeal

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 4:30 AM - 6:30PM

What is it like to leave the only place you’ve ever called home? Former refugee, turned human rights advocate Nyamal Biel Tutdeal will tell her story as a refugee, touch upon the current worldwide migration crisis, and highlight the importance of rallying as world citizens to understand the refugee experience. A reflective discussion will encourage teachers to think critically about the issues that refugees face upon arriving to their new home country.


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Teacher Talks: Unearthed in the Archives: Penn’s work at Maya Sites

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Sponsored by the Unpacking the Past program at the Penn Museum.

Get an exclusive, behind the scenes tour of our vast archives with a focus on Penn’s excavations of Maya sites in Central America. Learn about the Maya culture and the people who study it.

Teacher Talks are free for Philadelphia educators and participants receive dinner and Act 48 Credits.


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Teacher Talks: Excavations at Abydos in Egypt with Paul Verhelst

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Sponsored by the Unpacking the Past program at the Penn Museum.

Hear from an expert from the field excavations in Abydos, Egypt. See pictures, ask questions and learn about the discovery of a previously unknown ancient pharaoh and ceremonial boat structure.

Teacher Talks are free for Philadelphia educators and participants receive dinner and Act 48 Credits.


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Teacher Talks: Investigating the Origins of America’s First City with Meg Kassabaum

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Sponsored by the Unpacking the Past program at the Penn Museum.

The ancient city of Cahokia thrived from AD 1050 - 1300 and was home to over 20,000 people. We know these people built massive earthen mounds, however, the history of mound building begins nearly 5,000 years before the Cahokia mounds were constructed. In this workshop, we will examine the archaeological site of Cahokia and investigate the origins of America's first city.

Teacher Talks are free for Philadelphia educators and participants receive dinner and Act 48 Credits.


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Around the Globe in Your City: A World Heritage Teacher Workshop

Saturday, September 16 2017 8:45 AM — 12:00 PM

This interactive workshop will introduce educators to the Philadelphia World Heritage City Project, to the heritage education resources available at the Penn Museum and elsewhere right here in Philadelphia, and to the recent first international Philadelphia World Heritage Education trip. Participants will work in small groups to examine new global curricula across grade levels and disciplines, discover object-based learning techniques using Penn Museum galleries, and hear Philadelphia teachers discuss how they have implemented their visits to Indian and Nepalese World Heritage sites and cities into classroom action plans. Act 48 Professional Education credits are offered for this workshop.


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Middle East: Crossroads of Culture

August 24, 2017, 8:30AM – 12:30PM

The Middle East Center and the Penn Museum invite you to join us for morning of learning on Thursday, August 24th. Participants will receive a tour of the new exhibit “Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq” and a hands-on workshop that focuses on ancient Middle Eastern adornment. Before the tour, Dr. Lauren Ristvet, Dyson Associate Curator in the Near East Section, will speak about her experiences curating the exhibit.

The deadline for registration is August 10.


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Using Artifacts in Your Classroom

August 22, 2017 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Join us for a day of exploration of the Penn Museum's Artifact Loan Boxes. Participate in hands-on workshops that demonstrate how to use objects in your classroom – no matter what subject you teach! Learn directly from Penn Museum experts and preview examples of cross-curricular lessons that place objects at the center of learning. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Participants will receive Act 48 Credits.


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A Loan Box for all Subjects: Using Artifacts in Your Classroom

August 9-10, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

Join us for a two day exploration of the Penn Museum’s Artifact Loan Boxes. Participate in hands-on workshops that demonstrate how to use objects in your classroom – no matter what subject you teach! Learn directly from Penn Museum archaeologists and conservators and develop engaging cross-curricular lessons that place objects at the center of learning. Breakfast and lunch are provided both days. Participants will receive Act 48 Credits and teaching resources.


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Legendary Empires: Power, People & Politics

July 17- July 21, 2017 9AM-4PM

On behalf of the University of Pennsylvania’s National Resource Centers, the Penn Museum invites you to this week of learning. Sessions will focus on creative interpretations of “empire,” exploring fabled kings and queens, dynasties that reshaped landscapes, colonial rulers and modern empires. Workshops led by Penn faculty and Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture. Field trips to the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s new South Asia Gallery and the Penn Museum’s special exhibition, “Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq.”

Receive a $100 stipend for attending and writing a lesson plan!


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Engaging Students in International Issues: The Choices Approach

April 8, 2017, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Co-sponsored by the Brown University’s Choices Program, Penn’s Middle East Center, and South Asia Center, this workshop will introduce educators to the Choices Program's award-winning resources to teaching about contested international issues. Participants will work with the Middle East and South Asia units, view the new Penn Museum exhibit Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq and hear from Dr. Salam Al Kuntar, Co-curator of the exhibit.


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Middle East Cultures: Preserving the Past

Presented in conjunction with the Middle East Center at Penn
August 23, 2016 8:30 AM– 12:15 PM

Dr. Salam Al Kuntar presents the work of the Penn Museum’s Cultural Heritage Center on Safeguarding the Heritage of Syria and Iraq Project (SHOSI), a project which protects Syrian and Iraqi cultural heritage by empowering the Syrians and Iraqis to preserve their own cultural artifacts and sites. After the talk, teachers participate in a guided gallery exploration using object-based learning strategies to explore and study of real Turkish cultural treasures in The Golden Age of King Midas exhibition.


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MESOPOTAMIAN MADNESS: Teachers and Scholars Creating Curriculum Together

Presented in conjunction with the International Association for Assyriology and sponsored by the Unpacking the Past program at the Penn Museum
July 14th and July 15th, 2016, 8:00am – 3:00pm

Teachers participate in hands-on workshops and talks led by international scholars visiting Philadelphia for their annual conference. As partners, teachers and scholars will produce materials and lessons for teaching about Mesopotamia that are not only easy for teachers to use and adapt, but are also animated by a sense of discovery and are informed by the latest research.


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Special Education Programs at the Penn Museum

Sponsored in part by PECO
August 26, 2015 , 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

School District of Philadelphia Autistic Support, Life Skills Support, and Multiple Disability Support teachers preview our new educational offerings for students with disabilities. Our interactive and multisensory programs include gallery tours, Museum workshops, classroom outreach lessons, distance learning, and our Loan Box program. Teachers at this workshop preview how our programs build upon classroom studies of functional academics, social and interpersonal communication skills, and domestic maintenance.


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Inquiry and the Ancients: A Mini Teacher Institute

Presented in conjunction with the University City Science Center and sponsored in part by PECO
July 13 - July 14, 2015 , 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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 Mini Institute learn from leading experts in the field of archaeology, receive behind the scenes tours of the Penn Museum’s world-class collections, and are given time and space to work collaboratively with other teachers to create extension lessons for their classrooms using inquiry-driven approaches.


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Native American Peoples: Past and Present Teacher Institute

Presented in conjunction with the Yale Peabody Museum
February 18 – February 19, 2015, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

The Institute assists and inspires teachers to create a curriculum that highlights Native American culture of past and present. Sessions will highlight the Penn Museum’s incredible collection of Native American objects and knowledgeable curators and professors.


Contact

Learning Programs Department

education@pennmuseum.org

215.746.6774


Contact

For questions about reservations:

Learning Programs Department

education@pennmuseum.org

215.746.6774

For questions about the performances:

Public Programs Department

events@pennmuseum.org

215.898.4016

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