Professional Development

Professional Development

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The Phillips Collection’s Education and Community Engagement Department offers seasonal professional development opportunities, often in conjunction with special exhibitions. We host professional development at both our 21st Street and THEARC locations. Professional development trainings focus on how to integrate the arts in your classroom, using the Prism.K12 strategies.

Upcoming Events

Thank you for joining us for our summer programs. Stay tuned for more teacher programs in the fall!

Questions? Email Hilary Katz, Manager of Teacher Initiatives, at [email protected].


Please note:
We are closely monitoring the evolving situation with COVID-19 and continue to be vigilant in our efforts to protect the health of our visitors and employees. We will remain closed to the public, and all in-person public programming is postponed until further notice.

One of the great joys of working in an art museum is being surrounded by beauty, and learning to spot it even in unexpected ways. So, even in these times of uncertainty, we try to find the beauty that is around us, and we look forward to sharing beautiful moments again with you at the museum, soon. 

Past Events

Recharge Your Battery: Art & Wellness for Educators
Virtual Teacher Meet-up
Monthly Thursday afternoons in the summer

Take a break and connect with fellow educators for an art & wellness afternoon, from the comfort of your home! Join The Phillips Collection for an opportunity to engage in an arts integration activity, participate in a mindfulness exercise, and learn about a custom cocktail. Bringing your drink of choice is encouraged.


Teach with Paul Klee and the Artists He Inspired
Evening for Educators
February 15, 2018

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. As part of the launch of Shake Up K12, participants used the online lesson-building tool to brainstorm arts-integrated activities for the classroom. The open house included time to reflect, connect with colleagues, and enjoy the exhibition.


Teach with Luncheon of the Boating Party
Evening for Educators
October 26, 2017

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
December 3, 2015

The Phillips’s inaugural program at THEARC 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
November 12, 2015

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
March 19, 2015

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.

Connecting to the Core Curriculum Teacher Course

In collaboration with the University of Maryland, The Phillips Collection offers a three-credit 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 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 12-week course will be 100% online on Wednesdays, beginning September 16. Earn 3 CPD credits (totaling 45 hours) or 3 graduate-level credits from UMD.

Learn more about the 2020 course here. To recieve additional information, please fill out this interest form.

For more information, contact Manager of Teacher Initiatives Hilary Katz at [email protected]