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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

Yaroub in the Gallery

Rebuilding New Life: Photo Memories from Iraq
By Yaroub Al-Obaidi

Tuesday, February 19
4:30 – 6:30 pm

In the early 2000s, Iraqi designer, Yaroub Al-Obaidi, was building a promising career as a Fine Arts Lecturer at a University in Baghdad. He came from a well-educated family and lived a comfortable middle-class life, perhaps not so different from yours. Then in 2007, the threat of political violence reached his door and he had to flee his country. In this session, Yaroub will tell the story of his long journey traveling from Iraq, through Syria, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and finally Philadelphia. He will visit each point of his journey with his personal photos. Describing the memories, challenges and hopes he had at each transition. Yaroub will explain the contexts of global conflicts and refugee issues. Engaging dialogues around vivid photographs will encourage participants to think about the complex issues of international affairs in a very personal way.

Moumena in the Gallery

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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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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