Professional Development

  • PIER Summer Institutes

    PIER Summer Institutes bring nearly one hundred K-12 teachers and college faculty to the Yale MacMillan Center each summer for weeklong seminars. This summer’s theme is “Global Challenges: Climate Change and Food Security,” and selected teachers will participate in a field trip to Morocco to observe firsthand the effects of climate change on food security. Educators collaborate to transform the academic content of the seminars into working models for lesson plans and novel curriculum.

    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. The Symposium brings together fifty distinguished music teachers from around the country. These teachers are nominated by their districts and are selected for their outstanding accomplishments teaching music in public schools. Teachers are invited to travel to New Haven, all expenses paid, to attend the Symposium. For four days in June, the distinguished music educators convene to participate in a variety of workshops, discussions, and other events. They are joined by local New Haven Public School music teachers. Discussions focus on pressing issues in the field of music education.

    For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website

  • Windham Campbell Literary Festival

    The Windham Campbell Literary Festival brings the Windham Campbell prizewinners in the fields of drama, non-fiction, and fiction to Yale’s campus for a week of celebratory events. Now in its third year, highlight events from past festivals have included a panel discussion and writing workshops for students at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School, a literary “speed dating” event, 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

    The Yale Center for British Art Summer Teacher Institute offers K-8 teachers an enriched understanding of how visual art can support reading, writing, and thinking. Workshops led by university faculty, museum curators, and educators demonstrate how visual texts can be utilized in the classroom to enhance literacy 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 dialog about visual literacy and its role in school curriculum. The purpose of the group is to share experiences, research, and resources and to work towards an expanded notion of literacy, which includes making meaning from visual, as well as written texts. 

    For more information, please visit the Yale Center for British Art 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-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