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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.

The 2018 application period is currently closed. Please check back in spring 2019 for information on how to apply.


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 not accepting applications to join the Teacher Advisory Council at this time. Please check back in May 2019 for information on how to apply.

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 Alex Haynes for more information.


Teen Programs

The Mythos Challenge is a Game Competition, Youth Council, and Workshop Series which  aims to inspire youth to create with modern technology and to connect with community.

POWER UP: LGBTQ+ Youth Event: The Portland Art Museum hosts an annual event for queer youth and members of GSA/QSAs throughout the metro area. See films made by Northwest teens, visit the galleries, dress up in the photo booth, make art, make friends, and have fun! Check the Educator Programs calendar for updates on coming events.


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

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

Upcoming Events

Nov
29
Thu
Educator Workshop: The Poster Project
Nov 29 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Educator Workshop: The Poster Project @ Fields Sunken Ballroom, Mark Building

Bridging the Museum and the Classroom

With generous support from the PGE Foundation, the Portland Art Museum adds five, new, free posters to the Poster Project print and online resource. Posters feature art across the Museum’s permanent collection by artists from Spain, Japan, the Pacific 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. The workshop will be facilitated by PAM Education staff and members of the Teacher Advisory Council.

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Educator Programs Fall 2018 (PDF)