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2016 Teacher Programs

Talk by Erika Christakis, Author of "The Importance of Being Little"

"What is it like to be a young child?” That is the powerful and fundamental question driving Erika Christakis’s new book. In THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING LITTLE, Christakis celebrates preschoolers’ unique strengths and inherent value as a group and offers a radical reevaluation of the how and why of early learning.  

Join us as early childhood educator at the Yale Child Study Center and former Lincoln Nursery School teacher, Erika Christakis gives a morning talk followed by a book signing. Free and open to the public.

Doors open at 9 am. Please enter through the Museum building front entrance.

EDCO Multi-Arts Summer Institute 
August 9-12, 2016

Come discover the creative potential of your students by learning a fresh approach to your teaching during an inspiring week at deCordova. Using connecting themes of dance, drama, music, and visual art, participants will engage in exciting activities to develop Milti-Arts enhancement to their curriculum applicable to all subject areas.

This year's institute is geared toward preK-6 classroom teachers or those specialzing in language arts, literacy, learning challenges, inclusive classroom, and the visual and performing arts. No arts background necessary.

Click for the flier or for more details on the impact of this program for the classroom.

Sense of Place
An Interdisciplinary Exploration through Art, Literature, History, and Science

Saturday, April 2, 2016, 8:30 am–3:30 pm

Immerse yourself in an energizing day of art, nature, literature, and local history with deCordova and the Walden Woods Project. Visits to Walden Woods and deCordova will focus on environmental awareness and fostering sense of place with immediately applicable classroom strategies for all grade levels. Henry David Thoreau and the artists in the Overgrowth exhibition will be our models for critical observation and connecting deeply to both nature and society. PDPs and graduate credit available.  Ideal for K-12 teachers and teaching teams in art, science, language arts, history/social studies, and nature/outdoor education.

Download the PDF flier 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: Week-long mulit-arts summer institute with Shea Schattel and Molly Delehey 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. We specialize in connecting the arts with other subjects.

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.

Facilities Rental for Educational Organizations

DeCordova's 30-acre, pond side campus is an inpsiring setting for your own event. We offer special rates for schools or organiztions that wish to rent our studios and/or meeting spaces for their own professional development or meetings. Contact Donna Berube at or 781.259.3603.