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Professional Development fo K12 teachers at the Penn Museum..

“The speakers were amazing! Really enjoyed their expertise as well as down-to-earth attitudes.”

With its world-famous collection and internationally-respected scholars, the Penn Museum offers unique opportunities for teachers to increase content knowledge and explore new ways to teach students about the ancient world. All Penn Museum professional development opportunities offer Act 48 credits to participating teachers.

Current Professional Development Opportunities

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High School Professional Development: Teaching About Contested International Issues: The Choices Approach

Saturday, April 6, 2019
8:30 PM – 3:00 PM

The Penn Museum teams with Brown University's Choices Program for an incredible day-long workshop. Participating teachers receive a deep immersion in the Choices unit Immigration and the U.S. Policy Debate (provided to all participants) and receive a sample lesson from the brand-new Choices unit The Syrian Civil War (participants also receive this!). In addition, the group will take a tour of the Middle East Galleries with a Syrian Global Guide and have a thought-provoking talk about immigration from an Iraqi man. All participants can receive six Act 48 credits. Partial scholarships are available for pre-service teachers, teachers in need, and schools that wish to send multiple teachers.

Program sponsored by Penn Middle East Center and South Asia Center.

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Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr: Beauty of Muslim Celebrations

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Group (Kress) Entrance

Learn more about the well-known, but potentially misunderstood Muslim observation of Ramadan and the celebration which marks the end of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr. When is Ramadan? What is the true meaning behind it? What are those celebrating encouraged or discouraged to do, and why? What happens when Ramadan ends? How is Eid al-Fitr celebrated? Learn more about how these important religious customs and events are practiced all over the region and clarify beliefs and practices associated with these special moments. Penn Museum Global Guide, Abdulhadi (Hadi) Al-Karfawi , originally from Iraq, will also share his personal family traditions from growing up in the Middle East. A discussion about how to best support your students celebrating Ramadan will follow.

Check out our past professional development opportunities.

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Our educators can work with you to design a professional development experience that is perfect for your staff or group. Choose from expert talks, gallery tours, and interactive workshops – all designed specifically to meet your group’s professional learning goals. Looking for ideas? Check out our past professional development opportunities.


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