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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 2019. 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. Read about the 2018 Summer Teacher Leadership Fellows.

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

Shining Light on Oregon’s Shadows
Sep 28 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Shining Light on Oregon’s Shadows: Learning from our Past, Understanding our Present & Building Our Future
Oregon Council for the Social Studies 2019 Fall Conference
Resource and Social Hour

Please note, the Resource and Social Hour at PAM is the final session of a day-long conference that takes place primarily at Portland State University. Find the full program and registration here.

Evening for Educators: Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal…
Oct 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Evening for Educators: Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal… @ Miller Gallery, Mark Building

Throughout his career, Hank Willis Thomas has addressed the visual systems that perpetuate inequality and bias in bold, skillfully crafted works. Through photographs, sculpture, video, and collaborative public art projects, he invites us to consider the role of popular culture in instituting discrimination and how art can raise critical awareness in the ongoing struggle for social justice and civil rights. Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal… features approximately 100 works including photographs, sculptures, video installations, interactive two-dimensional and time-based works, public art projects and a monumental flag-based work addressing lives lost to gun violence in the United States in 2018. Join PAM curators and educators to experience the exhibition and make connections to your teaching practice.

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Educator Workshop: The Poster Project
Nov 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Educator Workshop: The Poster Project @ Sunken Ballroom, Mark Building

With generous support from the PGE Foundation, the Portland Art Museum presents the Poster Project print and online resource. New posters feature photography, prints, painting, and sculpture by artists from the Northwest and beyond. Join us for this workshop: Deepen your knowledge of the original works. Make connections to school tours. Learn strategies for teaching writing, science, critical thinking, and more through art. Take away activities, lessons, and posters—available free to all educators. This program will include both hands-on workshops and time in the galleries, facilitated by members of the Teacher Advisory Council and Learning Department staff.

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Power Up
Dec 6 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Power Up

That’s right, it’s the sixth annual celebration of LGBTQIA2S+ youth and allies! Experience Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal… Make art, make friends, and have fun!

More info to come.

Educator Programs Fall 2019 (PDF)