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Fall 2015 Teacher Programs

Fall Teacher Reception for Pre-K12 Educators
Thursday, October 8, 4–6 pm

Explore the relationship between drawing and sculpture in deCordova's upcoming exhibition Drawing Redefined, opening on October 3. Meet and assist artist Julia von Eichel as she begins her sculptural drawing installation in the Museum, a project which will be completed with the public over Columbus Day weekend. Converse with fellow educators and speak to deCordova’s Learning and Engagement staff about group visits, guided tours, and professional development opportunities. Refreshments provided. 

Free for Pre-K–12 educators in all subject areas. Reception attendees and educators who are Members receive 15% off group rates for their next deCordova visit.

Drop-ins welcome, but RSVP requested: or 781.259.8303. Please provide  name, school/town, grade/subject, and contact information.

The Story Behind the Story:
Teachers as Collaborators in Supporting Children's Inquiry with John Nimmo
Tuesday, October 20, 7–9 pm

Join author and education John Nimmo and teacher-documenters from Lincoln Nursery School for a dialogue about the role of the teacher in making curriculum decisions. We will explore the challenges, of collaboration, the potential of learning through conflict, and the importance of seeing teaching as a process of inquiry. 

$10 | Advance registration required through Eventbrite.

Special opportunity this fall!
Professional Development visits on documenting student work
Fridays in October

This two-hour program focuses on documentation and is held in conjunction with the exhibit What Does the Imagination Look Like?, on view in The Square at deCordova through November 4, 2015. The exhibit grew out of the partnership between Lincoln Nursery School and deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, a unique experiment in the future of museums and education.
Details and registration available here.

Professional Development

EDCO/TEC Workshops

Day-long workshops through the school-year and week-long summer institutes co-sponsored by EDCO Collaborative and TEC (The Education Cooperative) offer immersive experiences for educators of art and various other disciplines.

  • Archive: 2014’s week-long mulit-arts summer institute with Shea Schattel of the Carroll School
  • Archive: 2013's week-long art and science summer institute with Drumlin Farm

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 museum visits.

Specialized Professional Development

If you are interested in arranging arts-based or interdisciplinary professional development tailored to your specific school, district, or group, contact Donna Berube at or 781.259.3603.

Lincoln Nursery School/deCordova Partnership

Preschool faculty and administrators, education professors, 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.

Experiential Learning Workshops

Each winter, free professional development workshops led by our Rivers and Revolutions and Concord River Institute partners offer an immersive day of interdisciplinary, collaborative learning led by teachers and students from a unique and inspiring program at Concord-Carlisle High School.