professional development

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.

genius, joy and love: liberating educators' creative capacities for change

Join us for an eight-day summer institute that brings educators together to explore questions about how to center racial justice and equity through creative, arts-informed, innovative and relevant curricular engagements.

Activities and discussion throughout the institute will engage educators to reflect on their identities, lives and literacies; center their hopes, desires, dreams and themselves as significant in our movement toward freedom; critically examine meanings of equity in learning; and lovingly understand the valuable role played by our very own creativities, such as poetry, spoken word, art and song.

Genius, Joy and Love institute is a partnership between the University of Pittsburgh School of Education and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

July 11-14 and July 18-21, 2022

9:00 am – 2:00 pm
At MuseumLab

$900 per educator

Apply today to be part of the First Cohort of Genius, Joy and Love Fellows.

Scholarships Available!

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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