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Teacher programs are designed as professional development for teachers.

Evenings for Educators

Join our education and curatorial staff for presentations, docent-led tours, and hands-on activities that introduce you to our special exhibitions and featured permanent collection areas. Discover curriculum connections as you learn from experts in the field and gain inspiration to integrate our collection into your school day. Refreshments and teacher resource materials are provided. Participants may sign up to receive Certificates of Connecticut Professional Development Completion. FREE for PreK–12 educators and administrators.

Email to register for Evenings for Educators.

Fall 2014
Home Sweet Home: Exploring the Work of Connecticut Artists and Craftsmen
Wednesday, October 15, 4 – 7 pm, private reception 3:30 pm

Winter 2015
Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008
Wednesday, February 18, 4 – 7 pm, private reception 3:30 pm

Election Day Workshop – SOLD OUT!
[Art] History in Your Own Backyard

Appointment-based Workshops & In-service Training

Equip yourself with the tools to readily incorporate the visual arts into your daily teaching. All workshops combine modeled instruction in the galleries with participatory activities and art-historical content that link to core academic subjects and curriculum standards. Sessions may be booked for PreK-12 educators from a variety of disciplines and are designed appeal to multiple learning styles in the classroom. Teachers may request a focus on artworks from a specific area of our collection. See the menu below for topics offered year-round. Certificates of Connecticut Professional Development Completion available.

Fees: Up to 5 contact hours: $35/teacher
Up to 3.5 contact hours: $25/teacher
Offsite Presentations (up to 3.5 contact hours): $40/teacher plus travel. Capped at $400.

$5 discount for museum and CAEA members and pre-service teachers.

Call 860-838-4170 or email to schedule a professional development sessionSessions require a minimum of four weeks advance booking.

Workshop Topics

Learning to Look
Discover methods of teaching with artworks across the curriculum by developing perceptive eyes. Learn how to “read” images as primary sources and to create dialogues around works of art with your students. Explore how the process of careful looking exercises students’ observational, critical thinking, and oral presentation skills.

Art and Writing
Learn to incorporate writing into your visual arts curriculum or re-energize your current language arts lessons with creative writing prompts. Investigate how works of art serve as educational vehicles for the development of students’ literacy skills in the areas of written description, narration, analysis, interpretation, and creative expression.

The ABCs of Art
How can young children learn from objects? This session, specifically crafted for early childhood educators, will answer this question through exploration, discovery, and play in our galleries.

Meet Me Down at Coney Isle: A Playful Discovery of Place – New 
Explore Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008 through visual investigations of key objects that reveal the multidisciplinary nature of the exhibition. This workshop is available from January 31 to May 31, 2015.

Homeschooler’s Toolbox
A “Learning to Look” training for homeschooling parents, this session provides the foundational principles for drawing meaning from works of art to address various academic subjects. Participants will receive a complimentary disc of images from our permanent collection for at-home use.

Out and About
Think outside the box! Our educators will come to your school to facilitate any of the topics listed above. A slide projector and laptop must be provided. Offsite presentations last up to 3.5 hours.

Educator One-on-Ones

Spend some quality time with one of our museum educators to plan a lesson centered on works of art from our permanent collection. Participants are required to provide in advance the student learning objectives or curriculum standards they wish to address.

Fee: $15/hour. Up to two hours.

Educator One-on-Ones require a minimum of four weeks advance booking by calling 860-838-4170.

Orientation Tours for Teachers

For groups of teachers who plan to bring students to the museum for a docent-guided visit, this one hour docent-led tour models the questioning and discussion strategies used with students that address the specific theme of the upcoming school tour. Teachers may book orientations for any currently offered school tours.

Fee: $6 per teacher

Call 860-838-4046 to schedule your orientation tour today. Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance.