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TMA offers a wealth of materials and activities based on our collection and special exhibitions for K-12 educators.

Enrich your teaching practice through workshops that explore intersections between Visual Literacy and core curriculum. Throughout the year, Museum offers a variety of professional development opportunities for K-16 educators.


Expanded Views: Native American Art in Focus Teacher Professoinal Development

Wednesday, February 27, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

This behind-the-scenes, after-hours workshop will provide Toledo area educators with tools and teaching strategies for using Visual Literacy and the Learning to Look thinking routine to engage students with Native American art. Over the past several years the Museum has been working to build up its collection of Native American works of art, acquiring works as diverse as a traditional Acoma Manta and Cherokee tipi cover along with contemporary works by Wendy Red Star and Marie Watt. These works are now on view in the current exhibition Expanded Views: Native American Art in Focus.

This workshop will include an exclusive visit to the exhibition, Q & A session with TMA Director of Curatorial Affairs Dr. Halona Norton-Westbrook, and demonstrations of activities that can be used to engage students with Native American art. Participating teachers will receive a certificate for 2 contact hours and Visual Literacy activity card set.

Registration required.

Drawn to Learn: Visual Strategies for Student Success

Friday, June 14

This unique one-day conference for K-8 teachers with an emphasis on social studies and English/Language arts instructors will be held at the Toledo Museum of Art on June 14, 2019. Highlights of the event will include a keynote from Scott McCloud, American cartoonist and comic theorist, and featured presentation by Wendi Pillars, author of Visual Note-taking for Educators. In addition, a variety of breakout workshops on topics ranging from anchor charting, to reading currency, to classroom filmmaking will be offered.

Conference registration includes access to all sessions, certificate offering 8 contact hours, and lunch. Limited to the first 100 registrants

Registration required.

Materials for Educators

Downloadable resources to help teachers bring the TMA collection into the classroom. Use these materials before and after your visit to prepare your students and extend the learning.

Discovery Boxes

Get your students excited about learning with our popular Discovery Boxes. Available for a variety of subjects and grade levels, these exciting learning tools include DVDs, CDs, activity sheets, lesson plans, games, posters, handling objects, and more.

To view a list of available Discovery Boxes, search the Library catalog. Click on the Tab, Advanced, then under Collection choose Discovery Boxes, then click OK. This will bring up a list of current discovery boxes.