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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, Manager of PK-12
202.387.2151 x216

Virtual Teacher Workshops: Using Arts Integration to Foster a Culturally Responsive Classroom

Through this workshop series, educators investigate 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 will use culturally responsive teaching to cater to students’ strengths and experiences and arts integration as a multimodal instructional strategy. Each session will focus on a different content area and artwork from The Phillips Collection. Educators will participate in artmaking using common household items and learn practical skills for teaching an arts-integrated lesson, all through a culturally responsive approach.

Session 1: Art & Math - Wednesday, March 10, 3:30-6:30 pm

Session 2: Art & Counterstorytelling - Wednesday, April 7, 3:30-6:30 pm

Session 3: Art & Empathy - Wednesday, April 28, 3:30-6:30 pm

Educators of all grade levels and subject areas are encouraged to participate. Feel free to attend some or all of the sessions! Each session will be 3 hours and is eligible for DCPS teachers to receive 3 PLU per session. Teachers beyond DCPS are welcome to attend but may not be eligible for credit.

Questions? Email Hilary Katz, Manager of Teacher Initiatives, at

Read about some of our past program offerings for teachers: 

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. 
Teach with Paul Klee and the Artists He Inspired
Evening for Educators
This program explored the special exhibition Ten Americans After Paul Klee, through a curator-led tour and music-integrated exercises based on the musical inspiration for Paul Klee’s paintings. Prism.K12 activities focused on arts-integrated teaching methods across different subject areas and grade levels. The open house included time to reflect, connect with colleagues, and enjoy the exhibition.
Teach with Luncheon of the Boating Party
Evening for Educators
Educators experienced a variety of Prism.K12 arts integration activities focusing on the exhibition Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party. They explored classroom connections, unwound with colleagues, and learned practical ways to integrate Luncheon of the Boating Party into their teaching.
Curriculum Slam: Question Bridge
Evening for Educators
The Phillips’s inaugural program at THEARC (in 2015) included fast-paced, hands-on activities focused on key concepts from the Phillips’s special exhibition Question Bridge: Black Males. Educators collaborated to discuss topics such as identity, community, power, communication, and point of view.
Teaching with Question Bridge
Evening for Educators
During this open house, educators experienced a variety of Prism.K12 activities focusing on Question Bridge: Black Males, including a social media challenge and in-gallery conversations with staff and an early education specialist. The evening rounded out with an artist-educator conversation, featuring one of the Question Bridge creators.
Teach with Man Ray
Evening for Educators
Teachers experienced a variety of drop-in activities around the museum, including a chance to turn a mathematical expression into an artistic one, a social media video challenge, and in-gallery conversations.

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. 

The 2020 course is sold out. Stay tuned for more information about the next course, which will be offered in Fall 2021. 

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.