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Professional Development

The Phillips provides in-depth professional development opportunities on arts integration using the museum’s collection and online resources. Professional development opportunities feature artworks from the Phillips’s special exhibitions and permanent collection and focus on Prism.K12, the museum’s arts integration strategies. Sessions are designed for teachers to easily integrate the ideas and activities into their classrooms. Professional development sessions may take place at the museum, at your location, or virtually. 

For more information about personalized opportunities, contact:

Hilary Katz, Head of Teaching & Learning
202.387.2151 x216

How Materials Shape Us: Integrating Art + Science
Wednesday, February 8, 4:30-6:30pm

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How Materials Shape Us: Integrating Art + Science EXPANDED
Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 29, 2023, 4:30-7pm

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Questions? Email Hilary Katz, Head of Teaching & Learning, at

Read about some of our past program offerings for teachers: 

Let's Make Friends
Virtual Teacher Workshop
How does looking at works of art help us see differently? How can we experience works of art through the perspective of other people? How can art help us to connect more deeply with ourselves and with others? We explored the art and artists in the special exhibition An Italian Impressionist in Paris: Giuseppe De Nittis (on view at The Phillips Collection from November 12, 2022-February 12, 2023). Through art, we can see and consider another person’s perspective and also imagine what someone may be thinking and feeling. We considered how our own experiences affect how we view the world and experience empathy. We discovered new friends while looking closely at works of art and considered how we can use empathy to better understand art, artists, and ourselves.

Summer Teaching Institute: The Meaning We Make
In this week-long teacher institute, explore how our students and each one of us—as educators—bring our own perspectives to everything we do. Engage in critical thinking exercises, slow looking at art, and artmaking activities to inspire meaningful personal connections when teaching with art. Inspired by Lou Stovall: The Museum Workshop (on view at The Phillips Collection from July 23-October 9, 2022), participate in a printmaking workshop. All art supplies will be provided.
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The Legacy of Alma Thomas: Cultivating Mindfulness, Perspective-taking, and Problem-solving
Virtual Teacher Workshop
DC-based, and world-renowned artist and teacher Alma Thomas (1891–1978) used her life and her art to make the world a better, brighter, more beautiful place. Join DC-Project Zero and three fantastic museums—National Gallery of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and The Phillips Collection—in celebrating Thomas’s legacy by exploring the ways in which her life and art can help us cultivate mindfulness, perspective-taking, and problem-solving in ourselves and in our learners.

“Seeing Differently”: You, Your Students, and Arts Integration
Summer Teacher Institute
This virtual week of arts integration used an expanded version of our Prism.K12 arts integration strategies to develop skills for seamlessly integrating the arts into the curriculum, while adapting teaching and learning for your specific students. At-home work included developing a student-tailored arts integration lesson plan to implement in the fall.
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Using Arts Integration to Foster a Culturally Responsive Classroom
Virtual Teacher Workshop Series
Educators investigated how to approach an arts integration lesson through a culturally responsive lens. Each child comes to the classroom with their own distinct background, experiences, and ways of knowing. These workshops used culturally responsive teaching to cater to students’ strengths and experiences and arts integration as a multimodal instructional strategy. Educators participated in artmaking using common household items and learned practical skills for teaching an arts-integrated lesson. The sessions focused on Art & MathArt & Counterstorytelling, and Art & Empathy.

Recharge Your Battery: Art & Wellness for Educators
Virtual Teacher Meet-up, Monthly afternoons in the summer
Educators joined The Phillips Collection to take a break and connect with fellow educators for an art & wellness afternoon, from the comfort of their homes! The educator afternoon offered an opportunity to engage in an arts integration activity, participate in a mindfulness exercise, and create a custom cocktail/mocktail. 

In collaboration with the University of Maryland, The Phillips Collection offers a three-credit (45-hour) course for PK-12 educators to integrate the visual arts seamlessly into the core curriculum using the Phillips’s Prism.K12 arts integration strategies and resources. This course offers professional development for educators looking to expand their understanding of and ability to implement arts integration in the classroom. Participants will learn how to utilize Prism.K12 strategies for lesson planning while exploring the museum’s artworks, artists, and resources. Participating teachers will implement arts-integrated lessons in their classrooms throughout the course. 

Check back on this page for when a similar opportunity will be offered next. 

Questions? Email Hilary Katz, Head of Teaching & Learning, at

The Phillips Collection-University of Maryland Prism.K12 Arts Integration Course

In collaboration with UMD, the Phillips offers a continuing education course for PK-12 educators to expand their understanding of and skills in arts integration by planning, practicing, and implementing arts-integrated lessons in their classroom.