School and teacher programs at the Contemporary Jewish Museum use art as a tool for teaching and learning, while encouraging dialogue and individual interpretation. Recognizing teachers as agents of change, the programs value the voices and creativity of all students. The CJM works with a range of schools—public, private, synagogue, and Jewish—to offer the Museum as a primary resource for innovative classroom practice.
Available resources include:
- Guided Tours
- Educator Resources
- Teacher Memberships
- School Partnership Program
- Open Houses
- Professional Development Workshops
- Discovering Connections Teacher Institute 2013
- Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition
- JET Institute
Educator Open Houses
Free, festive receptions at which teachers can view exhibitions and learn about curriculum resources and other upcoming programs. All educators are welcome, including those working in informal teaching settings.
Staff Development Tours
Custom, interactive exhibition tours are available during a school in-service or other professional development day. Targeted at developing innovative teaching strategies, building community, and nurturing intellectual growth, Staff Development Tours engage teachers in discussion and debate across disciplines.
Professional Development Workshops
Covering a range of topics, from teaching with art and objects to art techniques for the classroom, Professional Development Workshops are connected to exhibitions.
Upcoming Teacher Events
- Professional Development Workshop: Teaching the Kibbutz
What are the most engaging and effective ways to teach about the role of kibbutzim in Israeli society? Hear from educators about innovative ideas and best practices and collaborate with colleagues at local congregational and day schools to share ideas for bringing this piece of Israel to life. Includes refreshments and a tour of Work in Progress: Considering Utopia and To Build and Be Built: Kibbutz History.
- Professional Development Workshop: Bookmaking How-To
Attend one of these professional development sessions to learn more about this year's Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition and discover fun, satisfying bookmaking techniques for the classroom. Workshop includes refreshments and a resource packet. (Includes a tour of Frog and Toad and the World of Arnold Lobel).
LINK is a year-long initiative exploring the intersections of technology, art, and Judaism through a monthly speaker series, educator fellowship, and an exhibition.
- Attend the monthly speaker series continuing in October 2011
- Watch videos of the LINK speakers after each talk
- Join the conversation with our LINK fellows
School and Teacher Programs are made possible by PG&E.
Leadership support comes from The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation with additional generous support from Carmen Castro-Franceschi and Paul Franceschi, First Republic Bank, the Morris Stulsaft Foundation, and the Ullendorf Memorial Foundation.