Professional Development

Professional Development

Cooper Hewitt offers professional development workshops that introduce K-12 educators to design literacy as a vehicle for learning across all disciplines. Workshops align with various state and national standards and approaches, including Common Core, STEAM instruction, 21st Century Skills, National Arts Standards, and New York State Next Generation Learning Standards.

Workshops explore design literacy through the museum’s exhibitions and collection, showcasing strategies that foster collaboration, critical thinking, and creative problem solving that educators can immediately implement in the K-12 classroom. Educators who have used design in the classroom state that their students become more engaged and active learners with improved writing, presentation, collaboration, and problem-solving skills.

Professional Development workshops are currently offered through the New York City Department of Education and various organizations around the country.

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