Summer Seminar Program 2022

Teachers as Scholars is pleased to offer an exciting selection of summer professional development opportunities for teachers ranging over subjects from the climate crisis to poetry. All seminars are two days in length, are conducted in person (except where otherwise noted), and will be held in late June and early July. Participants will earn 10 PDPs.

The tuition for each seminar is $300. Although participants themselves pay for TAS summer courses, many schools will cover the tuition cost. Seats are limited, and TAS will give member schools the first opportunity to enroll. If a seminar does not meet our minimum enrollment requirements, TAS will refund the tuition of teachers who registered.

If your school or district will be paying for your enrollment in the TAS Summer Seminar Program, please click here.

The registration deadline for Thinking Through Art is Friday, June 10, 2022.

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Summer Seminars with TAS

Introduction to Thinking Through Art at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Sara Egan, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
June 27 & June 29, 9:30 – 3:00 at the Gardner Museum, Boston

What happens when we gather before a work of art? This two-day seminar for teachers of all disciplines at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will introduce participants to the Museum’s approach to teaching visual art that centers student voices. Participants will learn about and practice Visual Thinking Strategies, a research-based structure for facilitating discussions that make art accessible to all students and allow their ideas and perspectives to take center stage. We will reflect on the benefits of using Visual Thinking Strategies in the classroom across subjects and grade levels to develop evidence-based reasoning, flexible thinking, and empathy. Learning will take place primarily in the galleries, investigating both the historic collection as well as an exhibition of Maurice Sendak’s designs for opera and ballet. Teachers of all subjects and grade levels are encouraged to enroll, no prior experience with art is required.

Sara Egan is a museum educator whose work is grounded in constructivism and the use of discussions about works of art to affirm all voices. She connects Boston students and teachers with the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as Assistant Director of School and Teaching Programs. Sara holds a BA from Vassar College and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is an Adjunct Professor of Art at Simmons College.