Professional Development

Yale’s work with New Haven area students is complemented by the wide range of professional development opportunities made available for teachers that welcome them into the fold of Yale’s academic community. Programs provide teachers with opportunities to engage in dialogue with other area educators, conduct research in Yale laboratories alongside Yale faculty and graduate students, and enroll in seminars led by eminent Yale professors. Teachers may leave sessions of the Teacher Leadership Program at the Yale University Art Gallery with strategies for encouraging critical thinking through looking closely at art, or complete summer-research fellowships with innovative ways for engaging students through project-based learning. 

Professional Development Programs

Code Haven TEACHTECH

TeachTech is Code Haven’s one-day conference for middle and high school teachers interested in incorporating computer science into their classrooms. Teachers learn about computer science fundamentals, how to demonstrate these concepts to students in an engaging way, and basic software that they can implement in their classrooms to make CS more appealing to students.

Demystifying the Middle East: An Afternoon of Food and Culture for Educators

Each semester, educators from the New Haven area are invited to an afternoon of food and culture sponsored by the Yale Council on Middle East Studies and Yale Pathways to Arts & Humanities. Past workshops have included photography and exploration of Kurdish culture, and “(Almost) Everything You Wanted to Know about Afghanistan but Were Afraid to Ask”.

Music in Schools Symposium

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.

PIER Summer Institutes

Programs in International Educational Resources (PIER) Summer Institute brings thirty K-12 teachers and community college educators to the Yale MacMillan Center for a three-day seminar. Participants leave the Institute with a robust bibliography, including visuals and other resources, for curriculum building in their classrooms.

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 and museum 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 are given the tools they need to lead dynamic museum visits and to incorporate visual arts into classroom instruction.

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.

Yale Child Study Center's Comer School Development Program

The Comer School Development Program is committed to the total development of all children by helping to create learning environments that support children’s physical, cognitive, psychological, linguistic, social, and ethical development. The Organization’s professional and consultation unit provides New Haven teachers, administrators, and parents with professional development opportunities on a range of topics including child and adolescent development; creating positive classroom and school climate and culture; engaging families and communities; and more.

Yale New Haven Teachers Institute (YNHTI)

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 in discussion seminars to develop 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. 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.

Yale University Art Gallery Teacher Leadership Program

In the Teacher Leadership Program, teachers explore innovative ways to connect their own interest in art, their curricula, and the gallery’s collection. The program is free and meets the first Thursday of the month throughout the academic year. More than 500 teachers have attended professional development programs at the museum that focused on inquiry-based teaching, critical thinking, and visual literacy skills.

Yale University on iTunes U

Yale University has a wide array of podcasts available from faculty, alumni, and distinguished visitors Topics include arts and humanities, science and engineering, health and medicine, the environment, as well as other areas of interest.

Yale YouTube Channel

The Yale University YouTube channel supplies a variety of videos to the viewing public. Covering anything from speeches and course lectures to videos made about campus events. Open to all, the Yale YouTube channel is a great way to experience all that Yale has to offer from your home computer.