The National Museum of Play® at The Strong offers professional development experiences for teachers, administrators, and curriculum development professionals. These experiences may be hosted in the museum or at your school.
Professional development experiences can be offered as described or modified to suit the needs of specific teachers or administrators. Museum educators can also create custom professional development experiences to uniquely suit the educational needs of your school, district, or group.
Topics of particular specialty are listed below; however museum educators offer professional development experiences in a variety of subject areas.
For more information and cost, please call 585-410-6387.
Creating Playful Early Childhood Classrooms
How do teachers incorporate play in preschool and primary classrooms while meeting standards? How can teachers maximize the potential for playful learning with classroom environments, routines, and materials? Explore the answers to these questions and examine current research related to the outcomes of a play-based approach to learning in this interactive workshop.
Play and the Common Core
Learn firsthand how to create meaningful, play-based learning experiences connected to the Common Core Standards. Work with museum educators and colleagues to design activities based on best practices for 21st-century learning that will enhance curriculum, delight students, and inspire teaching practice.
STEAM in Action for Teachers: Explore New Ways to Meet State and Common Core Standards
Learn how to teach math and science concepts through the arts with inspiration from everyday surroundings. This workshop is ideal preparation for bringing students to a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) in Action Theme Day.
The Reggio Emilia Approach in Action
Learn how Woodbury Preschool at the National Museum of Play at The Strong implements the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. Explore ways that student interest leads to emergent projects, and examine the role of the teachers, documentation, the environment, and parent involvement in this interactive experience. Participants will visit the preschool spaces and discuss how the Reggio principles can be applied in a variety of settings.
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