Professional Development

Join us as we engage in creative teaching strategies and explore interdisciplinary curriculum connections focused on the Freer|Sackler’s collections and exhibitions. Please mark your calendars for these upcoming professional development opportunities. All opportunities will be held at the Freer|Sackler.

For more information, email us at AsiaTeachers@si.edu.

Educator Workshops

Unpacking and Packing Identity

Saturday, November 2, 2019
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
ImaginAsia Studio, Level B2
Free
Space is limited
Pre-registration required by October 30, 2019

How can we guide student inquiry of identity through the arts? Spend an interactive morning exploring the themes of identity, community, and home in the special exhibition My Iran: Six Women Photographers through Project Zero Thinking Routines. Reflect on your identity and feelings of home through an art activity that uses the metaphor of a suitcase, a variation to creating a self-portrait, that can be adapted for your classroom. Light breakfast refreshments and classroom resources will be provided.

Registration opens October 2, 2019

Building Digital Learning Content for Your Classroom

Saturday, March 7, 2020
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Conference Room, Level G
Free
Space is limited
Pre-registration required by February 28, 2020

Have you ever wondered how can you introduce your students to the resources of the Smithsonian without leaving your classroom? Spend a day at the Freer|Sackler learning how to connect your students to online Smithsonian resources through hands-on instruction. After light breakfast refreshments, spend an interactive morning at the Freer|Sackler examining Japanese art from the special exhibition Hokusai: Mad about Painting through Project Zero Thinking Routines and monologue writing. After lunch (provided), learn how an area educator incorporated Freer|Sackler Japanese art collections onto the Smithsonian’s Learning Lab online platform to create engaging learning activities for her students. After some personal exploration time in the galleries, receive hands-on instruction to create your own Learning Lab collection using Project Zero Thinking Routines and objects in the galleries that inspire you.

Please note: This topic, but with different content, will be addressed in the April 25, 2020 workshop. Sign up for one session or both. For an optimal experience, please bring your own laptop to the workshop.

Registration opens February 7, 2020

Building Digital Learning Content for Your Classroom

Saturday, April 25, 2020
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Conference Room, Level G
Free
Space is limited
Pre-registration required by April 17, 2020

Have you ever wondered how can you introduce your students to the resources of the Smithsonian without leaving your classroom? Spend a day at the Freer|Sackler learning how to connect your students to online Smithsonian resources through hands-on instruction. After light breakfast refreshments, spend an interactive morning at the Freer|Sackler examining Japanese art from the special exhibition Meeting Tessai: Modern Japanese Art from the Mary and Cheney Cowles Collection through Project Zero Thinking Routines and poetry writing. After lunch (provided), learn how an area educator incorporated Freer|Sackler Japanese art collections onto the Smithsonian’s Learning Lab online platform to create engaging learning activities for her students. After some personal exploration time in the galleries, receive hands-on instruction to create your own Learning Lab collection using Project Zero Thinking Routines and objects in the galleries that inspire you.

Please note: This topic, but with different content, will be addressed in the March 7, 2020 workshop. Sign up for one session or both. For an optimal experience, please bring your own laptop to the workshop.

Registration opens March 25, 2020