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MoPOP’s Teacher Professional Development occurs three times a year and features workshops, tours, curriculum development, and networking opportunities.

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

Check out our professional development opportunities for the 2018-2019 school year!


MARVEL: Exploring Super Heroes in the Classroom

Event date  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2018
Event time  8:30AM–4:00PM  
Event location  MoPOP
$50 per person
Clock hours available


Join us for two unique in-depth explorations of Marvel content, customized for your classroom. All participants will have the opportunity to take both workshops.

Marvel & Social Impact
Classroom teacher and teaching artist Donte Felder will use Marvel comic books and films to deconstruct race and social inequities in the United States. Felder will highlight characters and plot lines from the Marvel cannon to explore important social movements and historical figures. He will also break down music lyrics from Black Panther and discuss the future of Geek Culture and the impact it will have on future generations…including the classroom.

Jen Vaughn: Intro to Comic Art
Join local comic artist Jen Vaughn to explore the world of comic books! Jen will share her experiences as a professional comic artist and introduce you to some of the basics of comic art. You’ll apply engineering principles to design clothing for a 3-D paper version of your character and create tri-fold backgrounds for your story.




Event date  SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2019
Event time  8:30AM–4:30PM  
Event location  MoPOP
$55 per person
Clock hours available

Join MoPOP, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center, and Pacific Science Center for a day of professional development fueled by STEAM.

Designing with… at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center
How do we design with empathy? Human-centered design blends form, function, and use. Explore how to take student design projects to the next level. Design your own solution and take ideas back to the classroom.

Perspective Power at Pacific Science Center
Play with the power of perspective and scale. Using scientific tools, participants will be challenged to apply their artistic skills to tiny models of the very big. We will also explore how size matters as we find the true enormity of the seemingly small. Through an investigation of artistic perspective, we will examine the creativity essential to key science concepts like scale, proportion, and modeling. 

Foley: Using STEAM in Sound at MoPOP
Join us for a workshop in creating radio drama scripts that incorporate science, technology, engineering, and math. We’ll visit our Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic exhibit, asking questions like, “What would be the most fireproof protection against a dragon?” or “What it the strongest shape for a blade and the strongest metal?” We will outline scripts and create foley sounds for these radio dramas, exploring how sound can enhance our storytelling across curriculum areas.


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