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Teacher Professional Development session

Educator Professional Development

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and MuseumLab are currently closed in accordance with the recommendation of PA Governor Tom Wolf to limit large group activity and close the schools in Pennsylvania. 

We appreciate your continued interest in our Professional Development offerings and your patience as we navigate the “new normal”.  Please join our Educator Mailing List to stay up to date on Professional Development opportunities.

Virtual Professional Development

In order to best support educators, we offer Virtual Professional Development (VPD) experiences around arts and making that include hands-on making, thoughtful discussions and collaboration with other formal and informal educators.  Act 48 hours available. 

If you have any questions or would like information on registration grants, please contact

Helping Students Befriend Their Emotions

Saturday, February 6
10:00 am to 12:00 pm (EST)
Cost: $60/participant
Registration deadline: Tuesday, February 2, 10:00 am
Join Youth Yoga Project and the Children’s Museum in a two-hour workshop to learn how to support the emotional health of students ages 3 and up. The workshop will help educators build a greater understanding of the important role of emotions and imagination in the classroom.

The workshop is open to all educators who would like to learn strategies to incorporate these concepts into your work with students. Learn how mindfulness can be used as a practical tool for PreK-12 students to build emotional awareness in children and teens. By becoming more familiar with their emotions, and learning an emotional vocabulary, students are able to process and manage their emotions instead of allowing their emotions to overwhelm them. Through mindfulness, students learn accessible ways to befriend their emotions. Educators will leave with specific strategies to empower their students to develop emotional awareness and emotion processing tools through mindfulness.

Each participant will receive electronic workshop materials from Youth Yoga Project prior to the workshop.

Register here.

Core Professional Development Offerings

In-person professional development offerings will resume at a later date to be determined by local and national health and safety recommendations. For inquiries or more information, please contact

Examples include:

Maker Educator Boot Camp

A four-day immersive experience

Developed through years of experience and research in the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s MAKESHOP, Boot Camp emphasizes that maker education is about more than a space and the right tools. Participants will: 

  • Work in individual and group settings for both hands-on activities and discussions
  • Attend four process-focused workshops, designed to give both practical and theoretical insight into different forms of making
  • Use both MAKESHOP’s Principles of Practice and other research tools to delve deeply into the learning that happens through making
  • Use visioning tools designed by the Museum’s Learning and Research department to inform institutional direction as it relates to making

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.  Act 48 hours provided.

Pixar In a Box

A five-day immersive experience

Dive into a week-long professional development learning experience in the Pixar storytelling process.  Designed by its senior artists and computer scientists, Pixar in a Box (PIAB) allows you to become part of a creative storytelling team, creating digital storyboards while integrating important art and language skills. Engage with PIAB resources, as well as additional resources created especially for educators. Learn how PIAB enhances core school-based content areas and techniques for integrating PIAB into work with students. Educators completing the PD workshop will receive an official Pixar in a Box classroom certification and Act 48 credit.

Professional Development programs are supported by Federal Express.