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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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Teacher Advisory Council

The Teacher Advisory Council includes educators across disciplines and grade levels (kindergarten through college). Council members collaborate with Museum 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.

Apply now to join the Teacher Advisory Council! The Learning and Community Partnerships Department is currently accepting applications for the 2023 – 2025 term. Please email both this application and your resume by Monday, June 26, 2023, at 5 p.m. to Hana Layson, Head of Youth and Educator Programs, at

2022-2023 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 Student Pass

College students can purchase the College Student Pass online for $25 and enjoy one year of admission to Museum exhibitions and programs. Faculty may purchase College Student Passes in bulk by contacting Hana Layson.

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

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

Upcoming Events

Portland Art Museum Educator Welcome and Tour
Aug 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Portland Art Museum Educator Welcome and Tour @ Trustee Room, Mark Building, 4th Floor

Welcome, Educators! Spend some time in the galleries before the school year begins! Join Learning and Community Partnerships staff to visit Crafting Pinocchio, discuss educator programs and resources (including updates on Rothko Pavilion construction), and enjoy light refreshments.

Register now

The Portland Art Museum is proud to offer this program in partnership with eight other Portland Metro museums.

Enjoy free admission at PAM August 2 – 6 and 9 – 13. 

Please let the front desk staff know that you are an educator participating in the Educator Free Weeks to receive your ticket. One per educator. (If you’d like to bring your family, youth 17 and under are always free.) Museum hours are Wednesday – Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM.

Visit all of the participating museums during the Educator Free Weeks July 31 – August 13, 2023! 

Please note the museums have varying open hours. Details are below.

Five Oaks Museum
Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus
17677 NW Springville Road, Portland
Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 12pm – 4pm; Starting June 29

Five Oaks Museum Educator Tour and Resources Share
Friday, August 11, 10:30 – 11:30am
RSVP Here 

Japanese American Museum of Oregon
411 NW Flanders Street, Portland
Hours: Friday–Sunday, 11am–3pm; Tuesday–Thursday by appointment

Japanese American Museum of Oregon Educator Tours
Thursday, August 3, 10:30-11:30am
Thursday, August 10, 10:30-11:30am
RSVP Here 

Museum of the Oregon Territory
211 Tumwater Drive, Oregon City
Hours: Friday – Saturday, 10:30am – 4 pm

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
724 NW Davis Street, Portland
Hours: Wednesday–Sunday, 11am–4pm

Holocaust and Oregon Jewish Stories Tour and Reception
Wednesday, August 2, 1 – 2:30pm

Civil and Human Rights In Oregon and Abroad Tour and Reception
Thursday, August 10, 1 – 2:30pm
RSVP Here 

Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland
Hours: Monday–Saturday, 10am–5pm; Sunday, 12pm–5pm 

Oregon Historical Society Educator Tours and Overview of Educator Resources
Monday, July 31, 1 – 2:30pm
Wednesday, August 9, 10 -11:30am

Portland Chinatown Museum
127 NW Third Avenue, Portland
Hours: Friday–Sunday, 11am–3pm

Portland Chinatown Museum Educator Tour 

Friday, August 4, 12-1 pm

Pittock Mansion
3229 NW Pittock Drive, Portland
Hours: Tuesday, 12pm–5pm; Wednesday–Monday, 10am–5pm 

Pittock Mansion Educator Tours
Tuesday, August 8 from 10 – 11am

Stevens-Crawford Heritage House
603 6th Street, Oregon City
Hours: Friday – Sunday, 10:30am- 4:00pm