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School and teacher programs

Welcome! We are so glad you’re here. School and teacher offerings at The CJM are grounded in teaching inclusion through arts and culture. Facilitating interactive learning experiences that center student voices and foster understanding across lines of difference are the core of our offerings.  

Read on to find out more about our current school tour offerings, professional development resources for teachers, teen opportunities, and more. Plus, stay in the loop on the latest events and resources by signing up for our mailing list below. 

For questions or more information, email to get in touch!

School Tours

The CJM is excited to offer interactive in-person and virtual school tours that highlight exhibition content, as well as the architecture and history of The CJM’s building and surrounding neighborhood. 

All school tours feature interactive tours and hands-on art making. Virtual school tours are offered Monday–Wednesday on Zoom or another online video platform of your choice. In-person school tours are available on Thursdays and Fridays. 

All CJM school tours are free of charge for Bay Area schools; availability is limited, and advance reservation is required.

Professional Development
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Teacher programs at The CJM are grounded in the themes of repairing historical harm, promoting social emotional learning, and fostering positive identity formation through the arts. Explore arts-based lesson plans for your classroom aligned to these themes in our teacher resources, and check out our events page for upcoming opportunities to connect with fellow educators at The Museum. 

Student Opportunities
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The Teen Art Connect (TAC) Squad is a teen meet-up group that gives teens a behind-the-scenes look at a world-class museum and access to artist-led programs. The TAC Squad offers many virtual programs for teens this year, including virtual studio visits with artists and art making sessions. All teens are welcome to join.

Teens are also invited to participate in this year’s online audio exhibition What We Hold. The program includes attending expert-led workshops on storytelling, interview skills, and audio editing through the fall, after which teens will record and submit their own work in December. Check out last year's exhibition here and email if you’re interested in participating. 

Building our City: San Francisco, Past to Present
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Bring your students to The CJM to discover the evolution of San Francisco into the city we know today. The city’s history has been shaped by the immense growth spurred by the gold rush, the effects of earthquakes and fires, and by the diverse communities who have called San Francisco home. The CJM’s remarkable building, housed within a former power station, and the historic sites of the surrounding South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood, give students the opportunity to take a peek into the past to explore sunken ships, burial sites, the telegraph and the Pony Express, the birth of electricity, the 1906 earthquake, and more. The field trip begins with outdoor exploration of nearby landmarks on the block where The CJM is located, followed by hands-on activities inside The Museum, and culminates in a design challenge that gives students a chance a chance to imagine their own city. This tour is aligned to the California History-Social Science Framework for grades 3–5.

Discover resources for Building our City
In-person tour: Adventures in Architecture
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We invite you to bring students in grades K–5 to The CJM to explore the rich stories of history and culture embedded in the architecture of The CJM’s landmark building. The CJM is housed at the site of a former power station, originally built in 1881, that survived the 1906 earthquake and went on to power San Francisco back to life. Architect Daniel Libeskind built upon this foundation using whimsical angles and hidden Jewish symbols to create an intentional space that houses contemporary art, culture, and ideas, creating a multifaceted conversation about tradition and innovation in contemporary society. This STEAM-inspired tour experience takes students on a scavenger hunt to discover the shapes, building materials, and secret history of the The CJM’s building, and culminates in a hands-on building design challenge that will put students’ construction skills and creativity to the test. 

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Virtual tour: Holocaust and Resistance
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Art and creativity serve as powerful tools for survival in times of adversity. This interactive field trip explores the stories of several Jewish artists and photographers during the Holocaust who have been featured in past CJM exhibitions, highlighting how varied artistic practices served as forms of Jewish resistance. A CJM educator guides students in learning about this chapter of history through art and personal narratives, and makes contemporary connections to fighting antisemitism and hate today. There is also an option to include a live presentation of Holocaust survivor or descendant testimony in an additional virtual session, in partnership with the JFCS Holocaust Center. This tour is designed for students in grades 7–12 who have some previous learning about the Holocaust.   

Discover Resources for Holocaust and Resistance
Virtual tour: The Stories and Art of Ezra Jack Keats (SOLD OUT)
An illustration from "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats

Sold out through the 2022–2023 school year.

Are you looking for innovative ways to integrate arts and literacy into your K–2 classroom? The Stories and Art of Ezra Jack Keats was designed in collaboration with our teacher advisory group with precisely that goal in mind, and the tour is back this year by popular demand! This virtual field trip brings a CJM Educator to your classroom over Zoom for an interactive tour of the past CJM exhibition The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats, highlighting early literacy concepts, followed by a guided art project inspired by Keats’s illustrations.  The perfect complement to an Ezra Jack Keats author study, this 70-minute experience will engage students from start to finish with virtual gallery activities, hands-on art making, and time for an optional short break in the middle.

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In-person school tours of TikkuN: FOr the cosmos, the community, and ourselves (SOLD OUT)
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Sold Out through the 2022–2023 school year.

We live in a world in need of inspired and inclusive visions for healing. The current exhibition Tikkun: For the Cosmos, the Community, and Ourselves features such perspectives in works by thirty Bay Area artists reflecting on the theme of tikkun, or repair, as a phenomenon of care and interconnectedness grounded in environmental responsibility, community practice, and personal action. During this in-person tour experience designed for grades 6–12, a CJM educator will guide students in activities that ask them to consider their own visions of repair for themselves and their communities, and hands-on art-making inspired by the exhibition.

Discover resources for Tikkun: For the Cosmos, the Community, and Ourselves
Teacher resource guides

Teacher resource guides connect students to current and past CJM exhibitions, and provide insight into art, history, and culture for various ages and learning modalities. These resources are suitable for homeschooling and follow California curricular standards.

School Tours Social Story

Prepare your class for field trips at The CJM with this step-by-step guide.


School and Teacher Programs are made possible by generous support from the California Arts Council, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Bavar Family Foundation, The Ullendorff Memorial Foundation, and Toole Family Charitable Foundation.