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Professional Development

The National Gallery of Art provides K–12 educators and administrators professional development that deepens understanding of the visual arts and develops their teaching practice.

Summer Institute for Educators
The Power of Art: Pathways to Critical Thinking and Social-Emotional Learning

How might works of art spark engagement, support critical thinking, and foster social-emotional wellness in both students and educators?

The 2022 Summer Institute for Educators will be offered in two formats: on-site and virtual.

The Summer Institute invites education professionals of all grade levels and subjects to learn from and connect with thought leaders and practitioners around the power of teaching with art.

In the virtual format, June 28–29, participants will engage through live webinar sessions, small group discussionss, teaching-artist workshops, and self-paced components.

In the on-site format, July 13–15, participants will come together at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, to hear from thought leaders, explore art in the galleries, experience hands-on teaching-artist workshops, and discuss ideas in learning groups.

Teacher Workshops

Workshops are designed to help teachers find meaning and pleasure in the visual arts. These programs introduce art in the National Gallery's collection and in special exhibitions, explore interdisciplinary curriculum connections, and model methods for teaching with art. All programs include teaching resource materials.

Questions about our programs should be directed to [email protected].

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