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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. Fall 2020 Educator Programs will be held exclusively online.

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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.

The Learning and Community Partnerships Department is not currently accepting applications to the Teacher Advisory Council. Please check back in May 2021 for information on how to apply for the 2021 – 2023 term.

2019-2020 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.

Museum to You

Bring docents to your classroom for lively, in-depth arts engagement in advance of a Museum tour.
This program has been temporarily suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions. We look forward to resuming post-pandemic.

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

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

Upcoming Events

Educator Workshop: Social-Emotional Learning and the Arts for Meaningful Student Engagement
Oct 8 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please note: This program was originally scheduled for October 1, but has been moved to October 8. We appreciate your flexibility.

During these difficult times, the core competencies of social-emotional learning have taken on added importance: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. These are the skills that will help all of us, students and educators alike, to develop internal resilience and to create community even in a remote learning environment. The arts and creative practices can play an important role in developing these skills and can be integrated into many subject areas. Join us for a workshop to explore connections between arts education and SEL competencies for educators in all disciplines and grade levels.

This online workshop will be facilitated by Carolyn Hazel Drake, Portland Public Schools Visual Arts TOSA; Jonathan Hill, cartoonist, illustrator, and educator; and PAM staff.

Register now

We will email you the Zoom link and pre-workshop reading by September 24.


Educator Programs 2019-2020 (PDF)