Teacher Resources

A teacher who explores interdisciplinary concepts has the ability to transform their classroom into an engaging environment that inspires and stimulates students. Many local cultural hubs in Los Angeles offer teachers professional development opportunities to develop their creative skills to integrate into their curriculum.


24th Street Theater

Teaching as a Performing Art (TAPA)
24th Street Theatre’s Teaching as a Performing Art Professional Development workshops are like no other, allowing educators to train on the stage of a professional theatre where the power of live music, lighting, and sound is used to help Teachers experience themselves as artists! They don’t just do PD, they inspire!

Led by award-winning arts educators Debbie Devine & Jay McAdams, TAPA teaches educators how to integrate basic performance techniques in the everyday classroom to make their job more rewarding and creative and to make their students better and more enthusiastic learners.

Autry Museum of the American West

The Autry strives to provide teachers with valuable classroom resources, online access to images and lesson plans, pre- and post-visit field trip activities, and more. As we develop future programs and exhibitions, we will continue to offer resources that assist teachers within the classroom as well as improve access to the museum and our website.

All of our tours and programs meet California Academic Content Standards. See a complete listing of programs and corresponding California Academic Content Standards.

Complete the reservation form on this page to book a school tour or program. If you would like to arrange a complimentary visit to the Autry in preparation for your field trip, please contact School Tour and Group Sales Manager Janet Jung at 323.495.4336.

If you would like to communicate with a member of our education staff about any of our programs or tours, please contact Erik Greenberg ategreenberg@theautry.org.

California Science Center

The California Science Center offers a wide variety of resources for teachers, community educators, and parents around Southern California.

Kresa Educator Resource Hall
Teachers, parents and local educators can explore a variety of educational materials in science, math and technology at the Kresa Educator Resource Hall.

All of these resources are available to be duplicated free of charge. If you would like to view all the available resources or copy a program please make an appointment by emailing:
Kelly Keeler at kkeeler@cscmail.org or
Merisa Camacho at mcamacho@cscmail.org.

Workshop Series for Teachers, Parents, and After School Care Providers
Participate in Science and Math workshops that are inquiry and research based and designed to promote student success. Activities are correlated to State and National Science Standards and explore curriculum connections across the disciplines.

The Fowler Museum at UCLA

The Fowler Museum at UCLA offers two professional development opportunities geared towards K-12 educators. A nominal fee is charged, usually $45-$75.


ARTalk is a series of interdisciplinary, humanities-based workshops designed to enrich, refresh, and recharge K-12 educators. Using the Museum’s unique collections as catalysts, teachers are engaged in direct learning through dialogues with scholars, guest artists, and colleagues. Museum educators model exhibition-based lesson plans and art-making activities.

All ARTalk workshops are linked to state and district standards and are approved by the Salary Point Unit of Los Angeles Unified School District. Teachers are eligible to receive one or two multicultural general or specific salary point credits, depending on the course requirements. Teachers from other districts will receive a certificate verifying professional development hours.

These workshops are held once per quarter and are announced in their e-news. Sign up for their e-newsletter to receive emails about ARTalk.

Summer Institutions

Each summer, the Fowler Museum holds a weeklong professional development course for educators that focuses on particular topics related to exhibitions and the museum’s collections.  It allows for teachers to join other teachers in in-depth explorations and study of the arts and humanities.

Through lectures by guest speakers, art-making projects, field trips to other cultural institutions and sites in Los Angeles , and the exploration of objects at the Fowler with trained educators, teachers have ample time to develop fresh curricula for the coming year.

LAUSD teachers who complete the Summer Institute can earn 2 salary points for their participation.

Space is limited to 25 participants.  Sign up for their e-newsletter to receive emails about Summer Institutions.

The Getty Museum and Villa

Learn about the collections at both the Getty Museum and the Getty Villa through one-day workshops or longer in-depth trainings.  All Teacher Professional Developments programs are FREE, including validated parking.

Keep checking their website for updates or sign up for their e-news to receive emails about upcoming events. 

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In these workshops, K–12 teachers are immersed in one aspect of the Getty Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions, while learning specific ways to incorporate works of art into their classroom teaching. Workshops include hands-on art-making activities and lectures, tours, or small-group discussions with Getty Museum staff.

Creative at the Core: Art & Literacy across the K–5 Curriculum
In this five-day summer seminar, K–5 teachers will explore how to use art to invigorate their teaching practice and address Common Core literacy standards.  Through activities in the galleries, small-group discussions, and hands-on activities, you’ll discover new tools to strengthen literacy across the visual art, language arts, science, and history/social studies curricula.

Art and Language Arts
This free one-year program introduces K–5 teachers to meaningful and engaging strategies for developing students’ skills in language and visual arts. Through workshops, seminars, and hands-on activities led by Museum educators and curators, you’ll discover new tools to help your students think creatively, write successfully, and create inspiring works of art.

Teaching with the Cave Temples of Dunhuang

In this free, full-day workshop on August 1, 2016, participants will explore the landmark Getty exhibition Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road. Educators will tour the exhibition; learn about Buddhism and conservation science with scientists, curators, and educators; and collaborate with Summer Institute on China teachers to generate classroom-ready lessons and activities for implementation in their own teaching. Each participant will also receive materials for use in the classroom.

Registration will open May 3, 2016.

The Grammy Museum

civil_rights_singers_detailThe Grammy Museum offers online curricula and resources that incorporate musical elements with historical context and engage students to explore the significance of music in our everyday lives.  The resources feature video programs of talented musicians and performers as well as downloadable PDF lesson plans.

Click here for a complete listing and more information.

LA Opera

The LA Opera’s high-quality, award-winning Professional Development programs provide an introduction to opera and head.teacherentertaining ways to connect your curriculum to the operas in their season. Experience opera recitals while developing tools for the classroom and earning LAUSD salary points.

Learn about the history of opera from 16th-century Italy to present day, through presentations by experts on the art form. Full of fun and practical ways to get to know and embrace, Opera 101 will provide teachers with materials and strategies including tools for critical listening, examining the libretto, adapting source material and more. At the end of each session, LA Opera teaching artists will lead participants in a hands-on workshop that teachers can then take to the classroom.

LA Opera’s award-winning series that explores opera from an interdisciplinary point of view. Gain insight about the historical context in which it was created and discuss its role as history and art, as well as language and social commentary. Learn all about the stars and artists of the opera world, as well as its production and business. Enjoy recitals and rehearsals, and receive special news updates. Up to two LAUSD salary points are offered for participating teachers.


Based on the California Common Core Curriculum, these professional development sessions help teachers to integrate the common themes of many operas with the historical and cultural context in which they were written. Arts integration specialists work with teachers to create engaging lessons to be used in their classrooms. Each sessions ends with a demonstration performance from a professional opera singer. One salary point is available for this program.

For more events and resources, including lesson plans, visit the LA Opera’s teacher resource page.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

LACMA offers on-site professional development for teachers and online resources to download.  Visit their teachers resources page here.

Evenings for Educators
educatorsTickets are $15 per event and $55 for a season pass. Purchase tickets online or at the door. Programs are held on selected Tuesdays from 4:30–8:30 pm with complimentary parking.

Evenings for Educators is a professional development program that presents K-12 teachers with opportunities to look, learn, create, and connect with colleagues. Featuring LACMA’s special exhibitions and permanent collection, each program presents strategies to incorporate the visual arts into the classroom with activities that explore the artistic process, approach works of art as primary sources, and emphasize the parallels between the visual arts and core content areas. Educators attend lectures by a museum curator or scholar as well as participate in gallery tours, discussions, and artist-led workshops.

LAUSD teachers can apply for one salary point. Attendance of all four sessions and completion of a homework assignment is required. Registration takes place at the October session.


CAS-previsit-fall2012MOCA believes in the importance of rigorous and playful opportunities that support teachers’ development as learners themselves in addition to providing creative curricular materials and teaching strategies for the classroom. MOCA aims to energize and inspire creativity in teachers with their professional development opportunities. Prices vary with events.

Contemporary Art Start (CAS)

Contemporary Art Start (CAS) is a yearlong visual art and thinking skills program for 3rd-12thgrade classrooms across Los Angeles County, with specialized tracks of professional development for 3rd-5th grade teachers and secondary interdisciplinary teams. Carefully aligned with the Common Core standards, CAS consists of 4 interconnected program elements that make a sustained impact during program enrollment and beyond:

  • extensive professional development both at MOCA and in the classroom (2 LAUSD salary points)
  • two class visits to MOCA, led by MOCA’s staff educators (1:10 staff to student ratio)
  • a sequenced, discussion-based classroom curriculum
  • family involvement opportunities throughout the year, including quarterly Sunday Studio programs and unlimited-use family passes for students

CAS targets visual literacy, critical thinking, and communication skill development by training teachers to effectively use Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), a rigorous, inquiry-based discussion method, with carefully chosen works of art. With practice and coaching within the context of a supportive peer network, teachers also explore how VTS supports learning across the curriculum.

Sign up
MOCA is accepting applications for CAS 2016-17 on a first-come, first-served basis now through May 20, 2016.

​CAS for 3rd-5th Grade
Teachers sign up in pairs from the same school.

​​CAS for Secondary Interdisciplinary Teams​
Middle and high school teachers sign up in interdisciplinary teams of 2-5 members; one participant must be a visual art teacher.

FEE: $110 per teacher. Schools pay for fall bus; MOCA pays for spring bus.
INFO: 213-621-1706 or jhoel@moca.org

CAS-studioproject-Fall2012Programs for art educators

​Think, Sync & Drink

Recharge each September and January with fellow K-12 art teachers and teachers-in-training. Take in timely, crowd-sourced presentations by fellow educators, mingle and network over drinks and light eats, explore MOCA’s exhibitions, and collectively generate the theme for the next Think, Sync & Drink event.

Next event:
The Expanded Classroom
September 24, 5:30-9pm
MOCA Grand Avenue

How can art move beyond the walls of the art room, extending students’ ideas and actions more deeply into schools, communities, and the world of contemporary art practice? Join art teachers from across Los Angeles for an energizing evening of art, networking, and ideas from your colleagues exploring the concept of the conceptually and technologically expanded classroom.

FREE but spacCAS_Core_SeanMe limited
RSVP to jhoel@moca.org
Cash bar, hors d’oeuvres

Workshops at Your School

​MOCA comes to you! We provide 1-2 hour, interactive workshops for school faculties to introduce MOCA programs and explore how looking at and thinking about art supports the Common Core standards.

INFO: 213/621-1706 or jhoel@moca.org


The Music Center

The Music Center helps teachers integrate the arts as part of their ongoing practice, providing opportunities for support and partnerships with teaching artists, specialists and peers.

Professional Development

Teacher workshops:

“Through the Arts

Through the Arts teacher workshops target arts integration strategies for K-12 teachers in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. Teachers learn creative and effective approaches for integrating the arts into their content areas.

“In the Arts

In the Arts teacher workshops are classes for teachers in the art forms of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. Teachers increase their skill level in a specific art form, focusing on practice and technique.

Duration: From 2-hour sessions up to 6-hour days, multiple days per year.

The Institute for Educators

The Institute for Educators is The Music Center’s premier professional development program in arts integration, held each summer at The Music Center. During the Institute, teachers engage in hands-on arts learning, participate as a community of learners, and explore how the arts can be powerful tools for integrated learning.

Participants experience lessons rooted in the Visual and Performing Arts Standards and the Common Core. Guided by Music Center Master Teaching Artists, participants inquire into content and meaning, and create, perform, reflect on, and assess their own work and teaching practice. Teams of teachers, educators, arts specialists, and Music Center Master Teaching Artists work side-by-side as reflective learners and collaborative partners.

Through this process, teachers gain creative and effective tools for arts integration, renewed ownership, and firm commitment to transform their classrooms through the arts.

Duration: Five consecutive 6-hour days, held each summer at The Music Center.

For more information about the Institute for Educators, visit the Institute for Educators page


Could your faculty benefit from thinking outside the box, collaborating with each other, and discovering new ideas for their students?

Faculty Development sessions focus on training for entire school faculties. The emphasis is placed on expanding current teaching models, including strengthening school learning communities, advancing best practices, and fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and lesson planning.

Duration: From 2-hour sessions up to 6-hour days, multiple days per year.


Teaching Artist Development is a course for new and experienced teaching artists in effective methodologies and best practices for teaching in the K-12 classroom. Artists explore multiple approaches of thinking about, expressing, and harnessing their art form for students and teachers.

Duration: Typically 3-10 sessions of 3 hours each. Sessions are held once or twice per week to allow time to integrate the content into artist work. Sessions can be customized to specific needs.

For more information about Professional Development,
contact: Keith Wyffels, Manager of Professional Development

The Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum offers FREE professional development, unless otherwise noted.

NHM workshops and resources are updated frequently, so check out What’s New to learn more about upcoming student and teacher opportunities and to sign up for the quarterly NHM School Programs newsletter For Teachers!

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Collaborate with Museum educators to create activities and lesson plans for the Museum! Interested in joining the team? Download the Application and submit it to the NHM, and they’ll get in touch the next time they need someone to join the team!


The Petersen Museum

education-public-programsThe Petersen offers annual Teacher Preview Workshops each summer. These workshops invite teachers to learn about field trip opportunities at the Petersen. Attendees receive a bus grant, free admission for a school field trip, and are provided classroom materials for use during their visit. Registration opens in late spring.

There are no set dates for either of these workshops but be sure to check their website for information about dates. If you have questions, contact Jennifer at jsimpson@petersen.org

The Skirball Cultural Center

The Skirball Cultural Center provides hands-on workshops focusing on ways to integrate the arts and world cultures into classroom curricula, sharpening teaching skills, and deepening knowledge of current social issues in order to create a community of learners with like-minded educators.

Teaching Our World Through the Arts
This course prepares K– 12 teachers to integrate film, dance, visual arts, architecture, theater, and music into core curriculum. Arts-based learning cultivates deeper engagement and participation among students, and offers teachers a variety of unique and exciting tools and techniques to bring learning to life. Coursework includes classroom workshops, gallery tours, and live performances at the Skirball, along with collaborative lesson planning and resource sharing.

The course is divided into four strands. Teachers are welcome to sign up for a single strand or any combination of up to four strands. Each strand consists of four full-day Saturdays of training. In addition, Multiple LAUSD salary points are available for participating teachers. Details available upon registration.

Any one strand (four classes): $80
Any combination of two strands (eight classes): $120
Any combination of three strands (twelve classes) $165
All four strands (sixteen classes): $200
* Schools that send three or more staff will receive a 50% reduction in course fees for each participant (this offer excludes single class registration).

Teaching Through Storytelling

For K–Grade 5 teachers
Tuesday, June 21–Thursday, June 23, 2016
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

$100 per person for all three days (includes light breakfast and program materials)
Limited space; advance registration required

Storytelling has the power to enliven your classroom curriculum and to inspire students to develop creative modes of communication and collaboration. The award-winning Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™ and Visions and Values will serve as platforms for exploring the craft of storytelling through movement, music, and theater arts.

In this three-day workshop:

Participate in hands-on, artist-led workshops.
Design interdisciplinary lessons that support language arts, social studies, math, and science curricula.
Build lasting relationships with a community of like-minded educators.
Earn 1 LAUSD salary point; details available upon registration.