Professional Development

  • PIER Summer Institutes

    Programs in International Educational Resources (PIER) Summer Institute brings nearly thirty K-12 teachers and community college educators to the Yale MacMillan Center for a three day seminar. The most recent theme, “Refugees in Recent History: Focus on the Middle East,” explored ‘refugee’ as defined by international law. Through three days of interactive sessions, participants developed an appreciation for why and how people take the difficult step to leave their homes, the diversity of refugees over time, and how society is dealing with this crisis. Participants left the Institute with a robust bibliography, including visuals and other resources, for curriculum building in their classrooms.
    For more information, visit the PIER website
  • Symposium on Music in Schools

    The Symposium on Music in Schools is held once every two years at the Yale School of Music as part of the Music in Schools Initiative. This invitational “working symposium” brings together national leaders for three days of intense discussion on pressing issues surrounding music education in public schools. The symposium also honors outstanding music educators and teaching artists with the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award.

    For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website

  • Windham Campbell Literary Festival

    Now in its seventh year, the Windham Campbell Literary Festival brings the Windham Campbell prizewinners in the fields of drama, nonfiction, fiction, and poetry to Yale’s campus for a week of celebratory events. Highlight events from past festivals have included a panel discussion and writing workshops for students at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School, film screenings, and a group reading by all the prizewinners. Many festival events are free and open to the public. 

    For more information, visit the Windham Campbell Prizes website

  • Yale Center for British Art Summer Teacher Institute

    This program offers practicing teachers an enriched understanding of how visual art can support their students’ reading, writing, and thinking. Workshops, discussions, and lectures by university faculty, museum curators, and educators demonstrate how “visual text” can be used to enhance literacy instruction. Institute sessions include hands-on experience with works of art and exploring ways to make the museum an extension of the classroom. Participants will be given the tools they need to lead dynamic museum visits and to incorporate visual arts into classroom instruction. 

    For more information, visit the Yale Center for British Art website

  • Yale Center for British Art Visual Literacy Consortium

    The Visual Literacy Consortium brings together a group of educators for a bimonthly consortium to promote the important dialogue about visual literacy and its role in school curricula. The purpose of the group is to share experiences, research, and resources and to work toward an expanded notion of literacy that includes making meaning from visual as well as written texts. 

    For more information, please visit the Yale Center for British Art website

  • Yale University Art Gallery Teacher Leadership Program

    In the Teacher Leadership Program, teachers explore innovative ways to connect their own interests in art, their curricula, and the Gallery’s collection. The program is free and meets monthly throughout the academic year. Last year, more than 500 teachers attended professional development programs at the museum that focused on inquiry-based teaching, critical thinking, and visual literacy skills. 

    For more information, please visit the Yale University Art Gallery’s website

  • Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

    The Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute is an educational partnership designed to strengthen teaching and learning in New Haven public schools. Yale faculty members and New Haven teachers work together as colleagues in discussion seminars and the development of new curriculum units. The seminars, which meet over a five-month period, are designed in response to teacher requests and have addressed topics across the sciences and humanities. Each participating teacher becomes an Institute Fellow and prepares a curriculum unit to be taught and published, which is widely disseminated and made available online. Fellows become members of the Yale community for one year, with library and other campus privileges, and receive a stipend upon successful completion of the Institute. 

    For more information, visit the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute website