Professional Development

Join us as we engage in creative teaching strategies and explore interdisciplinary curriculum connections focused on the Freer|Sackler’s collections and exhibitions. Please mark your calendars for these upcoming professional development opportunities. All opportunities will be held at the Freer|Sackler.

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Educator Workshops


Chinese Art as Symbols of Power

Saturday, March 23, 2019
9:30 am–1 pm
ImaginAsia classroom, level B2
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

How do works of art assert one’s power in life, in the afterlife, and in the spiritual realm? Through guided tours and gallery activities, explore Chinese art as symbols of power, from intricately cut jades and ceremonial bronze containers to massive bells from tombs and Buddhist sculpture from cave temples. Take the learning back to your classroom with lesson plans designed for middle and high school students, printed materials, and a Learning Lab Collection you can adapt and share with your students.  This program is free of charge and light refreshments will be served. Certificates of attendance, which can be submitted for professional learning credits, will be issued to participants after the workshop.

Pre-registration by Wednesday, March 20, is required.



Educators’ Night Out

Thursday, April 11, 2019
5–8 pm
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Celebrate the exhibition Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644–1912 in an evening just for educators. Engage in gallery conversations, experiment with making art, enjoy light bites and a cash bar, and leave with teaching posters and other materials you can use in your classroom.

Free pre-registration by Wednesday, April 10, is encouraged. Walk-in registrations at the door are also accepted.