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Professional Development

Workshops and lectures support integrating the arts into your teaching across disciplines and grade levels. Programs are free of charge and offer Professional Development Units (PDUs). All educators are welcome, K-12 through college as well as independent and nonprofit-based.

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Summer Teacher Leadership Fellows

With generous support from the Oregon Community Foundation, the Portland Art Museum is proud to offer two, paid Summer Teacher Leadership Fellow positions in 2018. Fellows have the opportunity to get to know the Museum, explore its collections and resources, and envision ways to integrate Museum content into classroom learning. They are responsible for developing teaching resources for use in the Museum and the classroom, while building leadership skills and connecting with Museum practices. Fellows are in residence at the Museum for four weeks over the summer.

We are not accepting applications for Summer Fellows at this time.

Teacher Advisory Council

The Teacher Advisory Council includes educators across disciplines and grade levels (kindergarten through college). Council members collaborate with Education staff to promote meaningful student and teacher engagement with the Museum and to support arts integration across the curriculum. The Council meets four times each year. Members serve two-year terms.

The Education Department is currently accepting applications to join the Teacher Advisory Council for 2019 – 2021. Please return the completed application with your resume to Hana Layson by Monday, June 17, 2019.

2018-2019 Council Members (PDF)

Educator Membership Discount

The Museum is proud to offer educators discounts on all membership levels from Individual through Patron Society: 15% discount for one year or 30% discount for two years. Available online only. Please use the discount code EDU15 or EDU30. Proof of educator status may be requested at entry.

College Creative License

College students can purchase the College Creative License online for $20 and enjoy one year of admission to Museum exhibitions and programs, discounts to the Northwest Film Center, and more. Faculty may purchase College Creative Licenses in bulk by sending students’ first and last names, email addresses, and zip codes to Hana Layson.

Teachers in Training

Museum staff and docents lead programs for undergraduate and graduate classes to help future Oregon teachers integrate the Museum and the visual arts into their teaching. Please contact Hana Layson for more information.

Museum to You

Bring docents to your classroom for lively, in-depth arts engagement in advance of a Museum tour.
Limited spaces available. 4 weeks advance notice required. Questions? Please contact for more information.

Questions about Portland Art Museum programs for educators and students? Contact Hana Layson, Manager of School and Educator Programs.

Members of the Teacher Advisory Council and PAM Education staff (plus one special guest).

Upcoming Events

Miller Family Free Day: The Green Loop Sunday Parkways
Aug 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon of fun as the streets in front of the Museum and our outdoor courtyards become one of several activity hubs for a special Sunday Parkways route highlighting the possibilities of a future Green Loop—a bold new concept of the Portland Central City 2035 Plan that envisions a linear park that connects nearly a dozen districts on both sides of the Willamette River and numerous cultural spots. Hop on your bike to enjoy all or part of the car-free 8-mile loop and be sure to stop by the Museum for art-making, music, and more!

Family programs are generously supported in part by Sharon L. Miller and Family, the Gordon D. Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Foundation, the Lamb Baldwin Foundation, and the Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation.

Educator Programs Fall 2018 (PDF)