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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

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Are you a K-12 teacher who is eager to integrate visual art and the Portland Art Museum into your teaching? Do you enjoy independent research and course planning as well as collaborative, peer learning opportunities? Are you interested in developing engaging and creative teaching strategies that encourage students and teachers to expand their perspectives? The Portland Art Museum invites applications for the position of Summer Teacher Leadership Fellow. Two, paid positions are available. Fellows will 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 will be responsible for developing teaching resources for use in the Museum and the classroom, while building leadership skills and connecting with Museum practices. Fellows will be in residence at the Museum for four weeks over the summer. Dates and schedule are negotiable. K-12 teachers in all subject areas are encouraged to apply.

For more information and to apply online, please visit: Resumes received without completed employment application will not be considered. Please no drop ins. For questions or accommodation please contact The Portland Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Closing Date: May 25, 2018

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 2018–2020. Please send the completed application  along with your résumé to Hana Layson, Manager of School and Educator Programs, by June 12.

2017-2018 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 Gabriella Linquist 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.

Alternative Identities Youth Event: The Portland Art Museum hosts an annual event for queer youth and members of Gay-Straight Alliances 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!


Upcoming Events

The Right Brain Initiative’s Imagine This! A Creativity Symposium for Educators
Jun 20 – Jun 22 all-day
The Right Brain Initiative's Imagine This! A Creativity Symposium for Educators @ Portland Art Museum and Oregon Jewish Museum and Holocaust Education Center

The Right Brain Initiative invites educators to participate in three days of active learning hosted by the Portland Art Museum and the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education. Imagine This! helps classroom teachers, arts specialists, principals, curriculum directors and teaching artists deepen their ability to integrate the arts into the K-8 classroom setting and provide unique arts learning experiences for students.

The 2018 symposium theme is “Igniting Social Justice through the Arts, leading participants to explore how creative mediums can give a platform to those who are typically not heard. Symposium participants will join peers in the field, as well as local and national arts education leaders. They will choose from workshops, hands-on studio sessions and facilitated lesson planning sessions designed to provide tools participants can directly apply to their work in schools. 

The Right Brain Initiative, the arts integration catalyst of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, has received five awards from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of its professional development program for teachers, arts specialists and teaching artists.

Further information and registration.

Explore East Asia: A Journey through Art & Culture
Aug 14 – Aug 15 all-day
Explore East Asia: A Journey through Art & Culture @ Portland Art Museum and Portland Japanese Garden

The University of Oregon Center for Asian & Pacific Studies (CAPS), in partnership with the Portland Art Museum and the Portland Japanese Garden, presents a FREE Professional Development Workshop, including: a PAM gallery tour; lectures and workshops by faculty and professionals from the University of Oregon and Portland Art Museum; and a trip to the Portland Japanese Garden.

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Questions? Contact Yifang Zhang, 541-346-5088

Educator and Student Programs 2017-2018 (PDF)