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MoPOP’s Teacher Professional Development occurs throughout the school year and features workshops, tours, curriculum development, and networking opportunities.

Our goal is to create experiences in which teachers engage with pop culture and each other; where we provide useful teaching tools that are interactive, fun, equitable for all learners, and easy to use.

UPCOMING EVENTS


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Fantastic Creatures Teacher PD

Event date  Saturday, March 30, 2024
Event time  10:00am-1:30pm
Event location  MoPOP
3 STEAM Clock Hours available

$43 for Educators | $20 for Educator Members | $0 for TAB Members

Scholarships available, contact education@mopop.org

Fantastic Creatures Teacher Professional Development

Participants get to experience MoPOP’s Fantastic Creatures Outreach Workshop and will work in groups to discuss grade-level applications. This workshop is facilitated by MoPOP Education staff, flexible for scaffolding with grades K-12, and ties to MoPOP’s exhibition Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic. All participants receive a discount on their next MoPOP Education Outreach Workshop booking.

About Fantastic Creatures Outreach Workshop:
Participants will become a group of explorers, creating never-before-found species of fantasy creatures! Taking what we already know about animal biology and habitats, participants will use their imaginations and household items to create and become unique creatures.

Natasha Ransom (she/her) is MoPOP’s Manager of Outreach & Adult Education, and has been with the museum for 6 years. Previously, she worked for ArtsEd Washington, the Teaching Artist Training Lab, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Bringing Theatre Into the Classroom, and Seattle Children’s Theatre. She loves working with educators to make arts learning more accessible. She’s so excited to lead this PD experience with you at MoPOP!

REGISTER HERE!


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Dreaming, Creating, Completing: The Stages of Stop Motion Animation

Event date  Sunday, March 5, 2024
Event time  10:00am-3:00pm
Event location  MoPOP
4.5 STEM Clock Hours available

$55 for Educators | $25 for Educator Members | $0 for TAB Members

Scholarships available, contact education@mopop.org

Coraline

LAIKA is back to teach another session of our sold-out Teacher PD! LAIKA artists will simply and clearly open the door to stop motion animation. Participants will learn the fundamentals of production design for story, character development, and basic stop motion animation shooting. This hands-on workshop is made to be adaptable to classrooms and share a variety of creative and technical career opportunities for students.

REGISTRATIONS OPEN SOON!


MORE COMING SOON!

July 2024: Cli-Fi: Fighting Climate Change with Science Fiction (Virtual)

How can science fiction help students understand and address climate change? We’ll review the basic science of Earth’s climate and the proven causes of climate change and global warming. Drawing on MoPOP’s science-fiction collection, we’ll investigate how science-fiction creators link real technology with possible climate crisis futures to prompt discussions, advocate for change, and inspire new solutions. With our own carbon footprints as a guide, we’ll use modern technology to inspire technological climate change solutions. Participants will leave with tools to run simple climate experiments and sci-fi inspired engineering challenges in their classrooms.


October 2024: FREE Educator Day

All educators who RSVP in advance get free access to the museum, will meet Education staff, and learn about upcoming MoPOP Education offerings!


PAST EVENTS


EDUCATOR EVENT

FREE Educator Day

Event date  October 14, 2023
Event time  11:00am-4:00pm
Event location  MoPOP
Cost: FREE!

Free Educator Day

  • Join us for our FREE Educator Day at MoPOP! All educators who RSVP in advance get free access to the museum, including Hidden Worlds: The Films of LAIKA.
  • Don’t miss the special screening of LAIKA’s ParaNorman at 2:30pm in Sound & Vision Theatre!
  • Meet Education staff and learn about education offerings for this school year!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Afrofuturism in Weaving (Virtual)

Event date  Saturday, December 3, 2022

Afrofuturism in Weaving

Weaving as a skill builds dexterity, spatial awareness, hand-eye coordination, and creative expression. Workshop participants learned the basic elements of weaving, material structure and technology, the manipulation of 2-D fabrics into 3-D structures through material and structural choices. Our work was inspired by our current exhibition, Ruth E Carter - Afrofuturism in Costume Design. Workshop participants took home activities adaptable for grades K through 12.

Erika (she/her) has been weaving since being introduced to it by her kindergarten teacher over 30 years ago. In the years since, she has explored weaving as an artist, archaeologist, university lecturer, and now high school teacher and member of the Seattle Weaver's Guild. She earned her Master's degree in Ancient Near Eastern Art & Archaeology from the University of Chicago and is currently a PhD student in bioarcheology at the University of Arkansas where she taught Intro to Egyptology for 5 years. As an educator, Erika is focused on integrating ancient technology into the classroom in modern ways. Erika is currently a long-term guest teacher in the Kent School District.

Erika Morey


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

STEAM Power Teacher PD (Virtual)

Event date  Saturday, March 12, 2022

MoPOP, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center, and Pacific Science Center teamed up for a day of virtual professional development fueled by STEAM. STEAM Power features three skill-based workshops. These workshops are designed especially for educators addressing a broad spectrum of virtual STEAM learning, highlighting key topics from each organization’s specific areas of expertise, taught by each organization’s staff and professional educators.


EDUCATOR PREVIEW

Educator Preview for Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop (Virtual)

Event date  Friday, November 5, 2021

Our Virtual Educator Previews included a virtual tour of the exhibit, discussion with our Curators, an overview of connected learning content, and time to ask questions. For this preview, we were joined by Vikki Tobak, Curator and author of Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Costume Changes: from Disney to the Classroom (Virtual)

Event date  Saturday, October 2, 2021
Event time  10:00am-12:30pm

How do Disney costumes, character transformation, and the personal growth of students all tie together? Using examples from MoPOP’s exhibition Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume, we explored how costumes can be a direct reflection of personal and/or societal change. In literature, theatre, and film, we see our favorite characters go through costume transitions. How often do we ourselves go through costume changes too? What ignites those changes? This professional development workshop provided hands-on activities to explore character development through costuming and social-emotional learning in the classroom.


EDUCATOR PREVIEW

Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement

Event date  Friday, July 9, 2021

Our virtual Educator Previews include a virtual tour of the exhibit, discussion with our Curators, an overview of connected learning content, and time to ask questions.


EDUCATOR PREVIEW

Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume

Event date  Friday, June 18, 2021

Our virtual Educator Previews include a virtual tour of the exhibit, discussion with our Curators, an overview of connected learning content, and time to ask questions.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Exploring LGBTQIA+ Representation in Pop Culture

Event date  Saturday, May 15, 2021

We partnered with the the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) for this PD in connection with our past exhibition, "Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement." We explored frameworks for students to examine how LGBTQIA+ characters are represented in films, TV, literature, and more. Participants looked at examples from current pop culture and from MoPOP's exhibition, and left with tools that are applicable in their own classrooms.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

STEAM POWER 2021

Event date  Saturday, March 20, 2021

MoPOP, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center, and Pacific Science Center teamed up for a day of virtual professional development fueled by STEAM. STEAM Power features a choice of two, 1-hour, skill-based workshops. These workshops are designed especially for educators addressing a broad spectrum of virtual STEAM learning, highlighting key topics from each organization’s specific areas of expertise, taught by each organization’s staff and professional educators.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

GAME TO GROW- USING TABLETOP
ROLE-PLAYING GAMES IN THE REMOTE CLASSROOM

Event date  Saturday, January 23, 2021

Are you interested in integrating games like Dungeons and Dragons into your classroom? Tabletop role-playing games are a great support not only for educational and academic outcomes, but also help students build social and emotional skills through authentic relational play. This tool is especially helpful for neurodivergent youth, as it recognizes and respects unconventional and creative expression, and builds community inside and outside of the classroom. Workshop participants learned the basic structure and elements of a tabletop role-playing game, how they can support social emotional learning goals, and how roleplaying games are especially useful as participation structures for neurodivergent youth.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

TEACHING MARVEL IN THE REMOTE
CLASSROOM WITH DONTE FELDER

Event date  Saturday, November 14, 2020

Donte Felder

Discover the intersectionality of race, comics, and politics through the eyes of a “Blerd”. Donte Felder, a self-proclaimed Black nerd, used Marvel Comics as an entry point to discuss social justice movements that have played a role informing our world on race in the United States. Participants brought their imagination, critical analysis superhero goggles, tights, and capes to help Donte Felder save the world from boring classroom curriculum.  


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