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Professional Development Opportunities

Teacher Receptions
Educators are invited to fall and spring receptions that offer curator-led tours of new exhibitions in the Museum galleries and new installations in the ever-changing Sculpture Park. Discussions of curriculum connections and lesson ideas connect your classroom to deCordova’s dynamic contemporary art offerings and offer opportunities to meet the Museum Staff and Guides facilitating your classroom visits. 

EDCO/TEC Workshops
Day-long Workshops through the school-year and a week-long summer institutes co-sponsored by the EDCO Collaborative and TEC (The Education Cooperative) offer immersive contemporary art experiences for educators of art and other disciplines. Check out 2013's week-long summer institute.

Specialized Professional Development for your School or Group
If you are interested in arranging school- or district-wide professional development tailored to your specific groups and objectives, contact Donna Berube at or 781.259.3603.

Lincoln Nursery School/deCordova Partnership
Preschool faculty and museum educators are invited to inquire about professional development opportunities with the on-site, Reggio Emilia-inspired Lincoln Nursery School and deCordova's Learning and Engagement Department.

Rivers and Revolutions Experiential Learning Workshops
Free professional development workshops on March 14 and March 27 led by our partners at Rivers and Revolutions offer an immersive day of interdisciplinary, collaborative learning led by teachers and students from this unique program at Concord-Carlisle High School.

Teacher Resources

Sculpture Park Directory
DeCordova’s renewed emphasis on its 35-acre Sculpture Park means that new installations arrive almost regularly during the height of the Park season from spring to fall. For information on the ever-changing 60+ works, visit the Sculpture Park Directory

Sculpture on Site Lesson Plans
Interdisciplinary lessons plans designed to integrate deCordova’s unique Sculpture Park resources into the classroom are available here: 

Balancing Act K-2 Math and Visual Art
On the Move K-2 Social Studies and Visual Art
Do You See What I See? K-2 Language Arts and Visual Art
Forms of Expression Grades 3-5 Language Arts and Visual Art
Transformation Grades 3-5 Social Studies and Visual ARt
Artistic Movement Grades 6-8 Visual Arts, Science, Technology, and Engineering
Visual Metaphor Grades 6-8 Language Arts and Visual Arts
Symbols and Meanings Grades 6-8 Visual Art
Acts of Intervention Grades 6-8 Science and Visual Art