Uncommon Approaches to Cultural Education

October 10, 2016


Dear Members, Colleagues, and Museum Advocates,

This Friday, October 14th at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, the Museum Association of New York will welcome educators to the first of five Uncommon Approaches to Cultural Education workshops. Produced in partnership with the New York State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education, these free professional development programs will share the wealth of museum resources and support learning in and out of the classroom. Designed for educators affiliated with schools, libraries, museums, archives, historic sites, public TV stations and other cultural organizations workshops will held from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM with refreshments and lunch included.

Our website (manyonline.org/uncommon-approaches) has information about the October 14 workshop at the Everson Museum of Art as well as:

·        October 19 at the Corning Museum of Glass

·        October 27 at the Hofstra University Museum

·        November 3 at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site 

·        November 15 at the New York State Museum

Museums have partnered with teacher training programs since the late-nineteenth century. Some may recall 40 years ago, when the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted the blockbuster King Tut exhibition, that upon their gallery exit, visitors were faced with one of the first waves of coloring books, posters, and tote bags. What also stands out from that exhibition is one of the first teacher resource publications to include images of objects and lesson plans organized by relationship to academic subject and theme.

The Uncommon Approaches workshops will feature some of the most innovative school and teacher programs now being offered. Presenters will demonstrate how they incorporate both digital learning platforms and primary resource materials to strengthen content expertise and object based, hands-on learning experiences. We will be issuing certificates for those teachers who need them. In 2017, the Museum Association will be partnering with the Capital Area School Development Association to issue required CTLE credits. Questions regarding the process through which a museum may be certified to issue CTLE credits can be directed to CTLEsponsor@nysed.gov. I hope to share additional information with you about CTLE at these workshops and Meet Ups across the state. Please join us at one or more these exciting, free professional development opportunities.


Erika Sanger

Executive Director