professional development

Agency by Design Pittsburgh's Teacher Institute

Join us for a professional learning collaborative from Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, MuseumLab, Northgate and Agency by Design Pittsburgh! 

Participants gain ideas to implement in their classrooms and connections with new colleagues to cross-pollinate and share inspiration.

May 20-21, 2022
At MuseumLab

Friday, May 20
5:00 – 7:00 pm

Cocktail Reception

Saturday, May 21
8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Breakfast and Registration – 8:00 am

Full-day Teacher Institute featuring:

  • Keynote Speaker Erika Halverson, acclaimed author of How the Arts Can Save Education, who will inspire you to add joy to learning
  • Other nationally recognized speakers
  • Hands-on experiences facilitated by regional educators demonstrating teaching and learning from within their context
  • Childcare for school-aged children will be provided on this day

Tickets start at $30

Include parking, breakfast and lunch

maker educator
boot camp

June 27 – Thurs, June 30
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Lunch and parking provided

$900 per educator, with discounted pricing ($750) for additional participants from the same institution.
Act 48 hours provided

the bootcamp experience
What is “making,” what constitutes a “makerspace” and why does making matter? Join museum professionals in a four-day immersive maker experience where you are the learner. Examine the value and importance of making in education by experiencing it for yourself.

Participate in hands-on making, engage with other educators and explore MAKESHOP’s Principles of Practice and other research-based tools and strategies. Whether you are an experienced educator, maker expert, new to teaching/makerspaces or anywhere in between, this professional development experience will offer insight into the people, processes, tools and materials necessary to cultivate maker-centered learning for any space, formal or informal.

We recommend attending with another representative of your institution, be it a teacher, librarian or administrator, so you can support each other’s efforts and implementations beyond Boot Camp.

making a difference educator guide

Explores how empowerment through making can be translated to other challenges that students face, specifically within the realm of injustice and inequity.


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