Teachers' Professional Development 

Teachers Professional Development at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is aimed at complementing educators' existing knowledge of contemporary art, craft and design. Teachers Professional Development seminars and participatory workshops are led by artists, curators, museum educators and other education professionals and designed for K-12 educators to discover creative ways of interpreting and presenting fundamental concepts in all subjects areas using art, craft and design as a bridge for comprehension.

Teachers Professional Development Days are scheduled to coincide with New York City's Department of Education designated dates for professional development for teachers. MAD also facilitates professional development sessions for private groups of teachers and educators.

Held twice a year, Open House events invite teachers to the museum free of charge to learn about MAD's school programs and resources. Teachers get the chance to view currect exhibitions and meet artists in the Artist's Studios program as well as take part in hands-on activities designed as inspiration for classroom lesson planning.   

2016-2017 Teachers' Professional Development Days

Thursday, June 8, 2017

2016-2017 Open Houses

Friday, May 5, 2017

Teachers' Advisory Committee

Teacher Advisory Committee (TAC) is a select group of K-12 educators who meet during the school year to foster collaboration and learning among schools and museums. TAC is comprised of museum educators and public and private school teachers from New York City, who teach various grade levels and subjects, including art, English, foreign language, history/social studies, math, science, special education and technology.

TAC members:

  • Participate in informal roundtable discussions to share and reflect on best practices in art and museum education.
  • Develop and evaluate educational programs and resources produced by the Museum's Education Department, including Teachers’ Professional Development Day and Teacher Resource Packets.
  • Discuss strategies for aligning the Museum's K-12 school-based educational programs and resources to city, state and national standards in a variety of curricula areas.
  • Receive compensation for participation through membership benefits, including a limited amount of free MADlab visits and free general admission.

Online Resources for Teachers

To learn more about our educational programs and to gain lesson ideas, please visit us on Facebook

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To inquire about Teachers' Professional Development or Teachers' Advisory Committee, call the Education Department at 212.299.7759 or email schools@madmuseum.org.

made possible by

Teacher programs are supported by the William Randolph Hearst Endowment Fund for Education and Outreach Programs, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.