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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 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.

Check out our professional development opportunities for the 2019–2020 school year!


LET’S WORK: Bringing the Art and Activism of Prince Into the Classroom

Event date  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2019
Event time  8:30AM–4:00PM  
Event location  MoPOP
$55 per person
Clock hours available

In this interactive workshop, educator Willie Adams will use the Prince from Minneapolis exhibition to explore how Prince strategically used his music, image, and message to challenge traditional ideas of race, class, and gender in popular culture. This full-day workshop will show teachers how to use Prince’s artistry and activism to teach skills and concepts in age-appropriate ways. All participants will receive sample lesson plans and activities, as well as a comprehensive list of suggested readings and reference materials.


Willie AdamsWillie Adams is a dedicated educator with an undying love for the music, artistry, and activism of Prince. After Prince’s untimely death, Adams joined the board of a Minneapolis-based educational non-profit — Purple Playground — where he helped to create Academy of Prince (AOP), a summer enrichment program that teaches youth Prince history, songwriting, and recording. Willie received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film and Media Studies from the University of California, Irvine and his Master of Arts in Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults from the University of San Francisco. For the past two decades he has served as a teacher and dean, but more importantly, he has used his passion for art and history to be an advocate for the underserved and underrepresented in both public and private schools. Willie is also an equity education consultant, where he partners with school districts around the country to help train teachers on best practices for closing the achievement gap. In addition to his work in education, Willie is also a professional DJ and vocalist and is currently working on his first book.



Event date  SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2020
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.

More details and a link to register coming soon! For more information, contact


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