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Focal Point: Shifting Perspectives through Photography

Summer Teacher Institute with The Phillips Collection & University of Maryland

5-day Educator Course

Free / Online

Black and white photograph of a man taking a photograph in a window with a reflection

The course meets virtually from Monday, July 24-Friday, July 28, beginning at 10 am. We will meet for 2 to 3 hours, depending on the day.

  • 12 hours of synchronous, instructional workshops on Zoom include interactive activities, artmaking, and social-emotional & culturally-responsive teaching strategies 

  • 3 hours of independent work time will include readings, taking photos (on a phone, tablet, or digital camera), and creating a digital photo journal

  • Optional: Meet up with other local teachers for a tour of The Phillips Collection on Tuesday, August 1, from 10-11:30 am

This workshop is applicable and open to educators who teach all subject areas and grade levels.

  • Participants can elect to receive professional development:
    • Maryland: 1 CPD credit 
    • Washington, DC: 15 PLU
    • Virginia: 15 points for Professional Development activities (needs pre-approval from your evaluator/supervisor)
    • Credit for other states is available on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Contact Dr. Margaret Walker at for information about graduate credit cost and registration through University of Maryland.
  • You may choose to take the course not-for-credit.

The Phillips Collection and University of Maryland partner to offer professional development courses for PK-12 educators. The courses provide opportunities to integrate the visual arts seamlessly into the core curriculum, using The Phillips Collection’s Prism.K12 arts integration strategies and resources. Educators will expand their understanding of and skills in arts integration by planning, practicing, and implementing arts-integrated lessons in their classroom. Through online engagement and hands-on practice with students, the courses are delivered through virtual or in-person learning in collaboration with the University of Maryland and The Phillips Collection.

  • Develop skills for designing and implementing arts-integrated lessons. 
  • Teach and reflect on arts-integrated lessons designed with artwork from the Phillips and local DMV artists. 
  • Work independently and collaboratively to design arts-integrated lessons using the Prism.K12 resources and strategies. 
  • Utilize culturally-responsive, inquiry-based, and counter-storytelling approaches to arts integration. 
  • Access The Phillips Collection’s digital and in-person resources for use in arts-integrated lessons and activities.

Questions: Email Head of Teaching & Learning Hilary Katz at

IMAGE: Frank Stewart, Self-portrait, Dominican Republic, 1986, Gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 in., Collection of the artist