Winter 2016 Teacher Programs
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.
Walden Woods Essay Contest
Deadline: March 15, 2016
Open to global youth aged 13-21, this is a perfect written or visual essay contest to follow up on an interdisciplinary lesson plan and/or field trip to deCordova or Walden Woods. For full details of this year’s Thoreau quote prompt and cash prizes, visit the World Wide Waldens website.
Spring Teacher Reception for Pre-K–12 Educators
Thursday, April 7, 4–6 pm
The spring exhibition, Overgrowth highlights the ideas of expansion, growth, and mutation in artwork from deCordova’s permanent collection. View the exhibition and discuss ideas and overlaps of nature, art, and the built environment. Converse with fellow educators and speak to Learning and Engagement staff about group visits, guided tours, and professional development opportunities. Refreshments will be provided.
FREE and inspiring for preK – 12 educators in all subject areas.
Reception attendees and educators who are Members receive 15% off group rates for their next deCordova visit.
RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org or 781.259.8303.
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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 and Molly Delehey of the Carroll School
- Archive: 2013's week-long art and science summer institute with Drumlin Farm
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 email@example.com 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,