Professional Development

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.

  • Discovery to Cure High School Teacher Internship

    Connecticut high school science teachers have the opportunity to do research in a lab at Yale University during the summer, to further their knowledge of science. 

    For more information, visit the Discovery to Cure website

  • Open Yale Courses

    Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn. The available courses are accessible here

  • 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 Child Study Center's School Development Program

    The Comer School Development Program is committed to the total development of all children by creating learning environments that support children’s physical, cognitive, psychological, linguistic, social, and ethical development. The Professional Consultation and Development program provides various levels of training for New Haven teachers, administrators, and parents.

    For more information, visit the Yale Child Study Center’s 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 University on iTunesU

    Yale University has a wide array of podcasts available from faculty, alumni and distinguished visitors. Apple’s iTunes distributes the University’s podcasts, all free of charge. You can download episodes one at a time or you can subscribe to the entire series. 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 happenings on campus, the Yale YouTube channel is a free way to experience all that Yale has to offer from your home computer. 

    Find Yale on YouTube here

  • 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

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