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Teacher Seminars


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STEAM Series Teacher Seminars

Steam Series: Project Conservation

Presented by the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Georgia Aquarium, High Museum of Art, Michael C. Carlos Museum and Zoo Atlanta

Enhance your STEAM curriculum during these five interactive sessions. Each session will be held at a different institution and focus on the connection between conservation and art. Register for all five sessions or just one. 

Tickets are available on the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s website.
Registration fees do not include parking. Registration does include lunch.

All Five Sessions: $225
Individual Sessions: $50

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Elephants roam and people look on from walkways and balconies in this rendering of the Zoo's new savanna space.

Zoo Atlanta:
Project Based Learning on the African Savanna

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 9:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Come discover the all-new African Savanna and learn how to connect your classroom to real-world conservation issues. From ecology to technology, math to art, explore the diverse ways by which you can tie the Georgia Standards of Excellence to current events using Zoo Atlanta as a Living Laboratory. Educators will learn about Zoo Atlanta’s conservation initiatives and animal care, and will have access to teacher resources. Through collaboration, teachers will begin to develop their own PBLs to utilize in their classrooms. Make sure to bring your curriculum maps!

Seen from above, a few people view a sarcophagus in a case at the Michael C. Carlos Museum.

Michael C. Carlos Museum:
Materiality and Invention
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 9:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Explore the rich history of humankind and the beginnings of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math across the globe at the Carlos Museum. In this interactive workshop, educators will learn about the innovations made by ancient American, Egyptian, Greek and Roman, and Mesopotamian civilizations as they constructed their cultures and empires. Teachers will utilize Design Thinking and Project-Based Learning in an engineering challenge, looking to the ancient world for inspiration to create solutions for contemporary issues. Educators are encouraged to bring relevant standards and goals to use in the development of materials for their students.

Two men look and point in front of a massive whale shark swimming in front of them at the Georgia Aquarium.

Georgia Aquarium:
Whale Shark Health Assessments

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 9:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Did you know that whale sharks are the world’s largest species of fish? How do you conduct health assessments on a fish that is about the size of a school bus? How do you draw blood on an animal that must keep swimming? Join us for this component of the STEAM Collaborative Series on Project Based Learning. Explore the Ocean Voyager Gallery to observe the dynamics of our living collection as you discover what it takes to be a good steward of their care.

Greenery and hanging vines in the tropical rainforest conservatory at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Atlanta Botanical Garden:
People and Plant Connections in the Tropical Rainforest

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 9:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

In this interactive session, teachers will spend time in the Tropical Rotunda and the Fuqua Orchid Center discovering the amazing plants grown in tropical regions and how people use them in their daily lives. Additionally we will spend time discussing why rainforests are important, challenges rainforests face, and what you can do in your classroom to help.

Participants will develop a project-based learning lesson or unit. Please bring standards or learning outcomes that you feel might connect with the workshop description.

Art installation featuring a space covered with dots and circles of varying sizes and colors.

High Museum of Art:
Accessibility and Design Thinking in speechless: different by design
Saturday, April 25, 2020, 9:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

In this interactive professional development workshop, educators will learn about the behind-the-scenes exhibition design of speechless: different by design. This exhibition invites visitors to immerse themselves in distinct interactive spaces—each created by a world-class designer. speechless intends to foster inclusion, empathy, and a greater understanding of how we experience the world through our varied senses by merging exploration, aesthetics, and innovation. In the workshop, teachers will explore the design thinking process as a tool to teach students meaningful twenty-first-century learning skills, a method to connect subject-area learning outcomes to the world beyond the classroom, and a path to discover the various ways the High Museum supports student engagement and education.

Steven and William Ladd, Scroll Space, 2019. Photo: Matt Checkowski


Seminars by Appointment

The High Museum of Art is pleased to offer job-embedded professional learning workshops for Pre-K­–12 educators. Each two-hour workshop includes large group presentations and hands-on activities led by expert instructors. Participants also receive course-related lesson plans and curriculum connections.

  • Participants: This program requires a minimum of ten educators and accommodates up to thirty.
  • Location: Workshops may be held at the Museum or at a location within a fifty-mile radius of the Museum.
  • Cost: The cost for each workshop is $300.

Visual Literacy Workshop*
Grade Levels: K–12
This hands-on, arts-integrated workshop teaches practical techniques for encouraging visual literacy in the classroom.

Teaching with Primary and Secondary Sources Workshop*
Grade Levels: 4–­12
This workshop takes a look at the High Museum’spermanent collection via object-based learning. Participants receive tips and techniques on how to use primary and secondary sources in their classrooms.

*Available by appointment a minimum of six weeks in advance. Please call 404-733-4461 to make arrangements for your group.