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MoPOP’s Teacher Professional Development occurs throughout the school year and features workshops, tours, curriculum development, and networking opportunities.

Our goal is to create experiences in which teachers engage with pop culture and each other; where we provide useful teaching tools that are interactive, fun, equitable for all learners, and easy to use.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Save the date for our upcoming virtual and in-person Professional Development and Educator Preview series!


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Costume Changes: from Disney to the Classroom (Virtual)

Event date  Saturday, October 2, 2021
Event time  10:00am-12:30pm
2.5 WA State Clock Hours available
$20

How do Disney costumes, character transformation, and the personal growth of students all tie together? Using examples from MoPOP’s exhibition Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume, we will explore how costumes can be a direct reflection of personal and/or societal change. In literature, theatre, and film, we see our favorite characters go through costume transitions. How often do we ourselves go through costume changes too? What ignites those changes? This professional development workshop will give you hands-on activities you can use to explore character development through costuming and social-emotional learning in your own classroom.

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EDUCATOR PREVIEW

Educator Preview for Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop (Virtual)

Event date  Friday, November 5, 2021
Event time  4:00pm-5:15pm
FREE!

Our Virtual Educator Previews include a virtual tour of the exhibit, discussion with our Curators, an overview of connected learning content, and time to ask questions.

Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop explores four decades of photography, from the late 1970s to today, documenting a revolution not just in music, but in politics, race relations, fashion, and culture. The images—many of them displayed alongside contact sheets from the session—give us a rare glimpse into the creative process behind some of hip-hop’s most iconic photos.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Hip Hop History with Massive Monkees (Virtual)

Event date  Saturday, January 22, 2022
Event time  9:30am-2:00pm
4 WA State Clock Hours available

Educator (Non-Member): $30
Educator Members: $0

 

Hip-hop is not only flashy and exciting but a substantial way of life rooted in community. Go beyond surface knowledge with the world-renowned Massive Monkees crew. Dancers and teaching artists Anna Banana Freeze and Jeromeskee will share local history, movement and concepts, treating each participant as a new or continuing student of breakin’ and hip-hop. You’ll walk away with ideas and activities that you can apply directly into classroom learning.



PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

STEAM Power Teacher PD (In-person at MoPOP)

STEAM Power Teacher PD (in-person at MoPOP)

Event date  Saturday, March 12, 2022
Event time  9:00am-2:45pm
5 WA State Clock Hours available
Cost TBD

Join MoPOP, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center, and Pacific Science Center for a day of virtual professional development fueled by STEAM. STEAM Power features a choice of two, 1-hour, skill-based workshops. These workshops are designed especially for educators addressing a broad spectrum of virtual STEAM learning, highlighting key topics from each organization’s specific areas of expertise, taught by each organization’s staff and professional educators.

MoPOP’s workshop- Cli-Fi: Fighting Climate Change with Science Fiction

How can science fiction help students understand and address climate change? We’ll review the basic science of Earth’s climate and the proven causes of climate change and global warming. Drawing on MoPOP’s science-fiction collection, we’ll investigate how science-fiction creators link real technology with possible climate crisis futures to prompt discussions, advocate for change, and inspire new solutions. With our own carbon footprints as a guide, we’ll use modern technology to inspire technological climate change solutions. Participants will leave with tools to run simple climate experiments and sci-fi inspired engineering challenges in their classrooms.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

STEAM Power Teacher PD (Virtual)

STEAM Power Teacher PD (Virtual)

Event date  Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Event time  4:00pm-7:15pm
3 WA State Clock Hours available
Cost TBD

Join MoPOP, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center, and Pacific Science Center for a day of virtual professional development fueled by STEAM. STEAM Power features a choice of two, 1-hour, skill-based workshops. These workshops are designed especially for educators addressing a broad spectrum of virtual STEAM learning, highlighting key topics from each organization’s specific areas of expertise, taught by each organization’s staff and professional educators.

MoPOP’s workshop- Cli-Fi: Fighting Climate Change with Science Fiction

How can science fiction help students understand and address climate change? We’ll review the basic science of Earth’s climate and the proven causes of climate change and global warming. Drawing on MoPOP’s science-fiction collection, we’ll investigate how science-fiction creators link real technology with possible climate crisis futures to prompt discussions, advocate for change, and inspire new solutions. With our own carbon footprints as a guide, we’ll use modern technology to inspire technological climate change solutions. Participants will leave with tools to run simple climate experiments and sci-fi inspired engineering challenges in their classrooms.

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For more information, contact natashar@mopop.org


PAST WORKSHOPS


EDUCATOR PREVIEW

Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement

Event date  Friday, July 9, 2021
Event time  4:00pm-5:00pm
FREE!

Our virtual Educator Previews will include a virtual tour of the exhibit, discussion with our Curators, an overview of connected learning content, and time to ask questions.

For decades, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities have been fighting for equality, both under the law and in the hearts and minds of their fellow Americans. Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement explores the cultural transformation that propelled an underground movement into an intrinsic element of who we are as a nation. With stories as diverse as the LGBTQ community itself, Rise Up looks at the pop culture touchstones, political battles, creative luminaries, enduring challenges, and joyous victories that mark an on-going period of change in American history. In addition to the content in Rise Up, MoPOP has curated stories featuring the local LGBTQIA+ activists and artists that have impacted Seattle.


EDUCATOR PREVIEW

Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume

Event date  Friday, June 18, 2021
Event time  4:00pm-5:00pm
FREE!

Our virtual Educator Previews will include a virtual tour of the exhibit, discussion with our Curators, an overview of connected learning content, and time to ask questions.

A princess in an opulent gown. An old crone in a threadbare hooded cloak. A trusty sidekick in a jaunty hat. These simple images are rich with meaning and tell us about a character (are they a hero or a villain?), setting (a medieval castle or a modern café?), and narrative. Costuming is an integral — yet often unexamined — element of storytelling. Using more than 70 original pieces, including ball gowns, sorcerers’ capes, military uniforms, tiaras, and of course glass slippers, Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume explores the vision, process, and craft used to create the costumes worn by some of the biggest names in entertainment.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Exploring LGBTQIA+ Representation in Pop Culture

Event date  Saturday, May 15, 2021
Event time  10:00am-12:30pm
2.5 WA State Clock Hours available
$20

We are partnering with the the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) for this PD in connection with our upcoming exhibition, "Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement." We'll explore frameworks for students to examine how LGBTQIA+ characters are represented in films, TV, literature, and more. Participants will look at examples from current pop culture and from MoPOP's exhibition, and leave with tools that are applicable in their own classrooms.

Rachael Bernardino (they/she) is thrilled to be working with GLSEN Washington after relocating from Phoenix to the Pacific Northwest for this exciting opportunity. Rachael is very passionate about social justice work and LGBTQ+ rights, especially through the lens of youth activism and education. They have recently completed their coursework in Education and Nonprofit and Social Enterprise at Northern Arizona University. Rachael has worked in the education and nonprofit sectors for over six years, including intensive work in Arizona and Las Vegas with Anytown Leadership Camp, an experiential based leadership and social justice program for high school and college students. Rachael strives to support groups and communities that are working towards equitable rights and opportunities inclusive of all people.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

STEAM POWER 2021

Event date  Saturday, March 20, 2021
Event time  9:30am-12:30pm
3 WA State STEM Clock Hours available
FREE!

Join MoPOP, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center, and Pacific Science Center for a day of virtual professional development fueled by STEAM. STEAM Power features a choice of two, 1-hour, skill-based workshops. These workshops are designed especially for educators addressing a broad spectrum of virtual STEAM learning, highlighting key topics from each organization’s specific areas of expertise, taught by each organization’s staff and professional educators.

MoPOP’S workshop is Foley: Using STEAM in Sound.

Join us for a workshop in creating real-time sounds that can enhance language arts, math, science, and many other subject areas. Participants will learn ways that students can transform household items into realistic sounds! We’ll explore a variety of ways in which foley work can be integrated into classroom learning, from small warmups to larger-scale projects, with individual students or groups.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

GAME TO GROW- USING TABLETOP
ROLE-PLAYING GAMES IN THE REMOTE CLASSROOM

Event date  Saturday, January 23, 2021
Event time  10:00am-12:30pm
2.5 WA State Clock Hours available
$20

Are you interested in integrating games like Dungeons and Dragons into your classroom? Tabletop role-playing games are a great support not only for educational and academic outcomes, but also help students build social and emotional skills through authentic relational play. This tool is especially helpful for neurodivergent youth, as it recognizes and respects unconventional and creative expression, and builds community inside and outside of the classroom. Workshop participants will learn the basic structure and elements of a tabletop role-playing game, how they can support social emotional learning goals, and how roleplaying games are especially useful as participation structures for neurodivergent youth.

Adam D. Davis, MA Ed, has been using games in therapeutic social skills groups for nearly a decade, and is a founder and executive director of the nonprofit organization Game to Grow. He earned his Master’s degree in Education with a focus in drama therapy from Antioch University Seattle, and is a recognized member of the North American Drama Therapy Association. Adam is a contributing author to three publications: Integrating Geek Culture into Therapeutic Practice; Game Play, 3rd Edition; and The Walking Dead Psychology. In addition to his work with Game to Grow, Adam developed the CoRe Gaming program at the Atlantic Street Center utilizing video games to teach Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills, served as an educator at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, and taught fourth-grade literacy for Seattle Public Schools.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

TEACHING MARVEL IN THE REMOTE
CLASSROOM WITH DONTE FELDER

Event date  Saturday, November 14, 2020
Event time  10:00am-12:30pm

Donte Felder

Discover the intersectionality of race, comics, and politics through the eyes of a “Blerd”. Donte Felder, a self-proclaimed Black nerd, will use Marvel Comics as an entry point to discuss social justice movements that have played a role informing our world on race in the United States. Bring your imagination, critical analysis superhero goggles, tights, and cape to help Donte Felder save the world from boring classroom curriculum.  

Donte Felder is a graduate of Goddard College where he received his MFA in Creative Writing with a focus on screenwriting. Besides exploring the formation of the United States and the philosophy of story, Felder is energized by the many possibilities that are presented when writing a screenplay. Felder is also an organizer and is deeply rooted in his community. He has partnered with several organizations to produce a social justice conference, a social justice film festival, many theater productions, and a graphic novel for the City of Seattle. Felder was awarded a Neighborhood Matching Grant and created the “Social Change Through the Arts” Project, and currently leads South End Stories, a program funded by Best Starts for Kids. His most recent grant award is for a partnership with Seattle University through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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