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Summer Teacher Institute

Global Learning Lab

Penn Museum

July 17 & 18, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm ET


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Join us for the Summer Teacher Institute, a two-day professional development opportunity for K–12 educators to connect with colleagues, delve into the rich tapestry of human history, and curate meaningful educational experiences for their students.

Summer Teacher Institute 2024 marks the launch of the Global Learning Lab, a new program for K–12 school groups. Join educators for hands-on learning experiences that facilitate the exchange of diverse ideas and experiences.

Uncover the unique stories behind artifacts and see how they help us understand each other and the communities we live in. Find out how the study of archaeology and anthropology and the Penn Museum’s collections can support classroom learning for your students, encouraging them to build global competencies such as observation, inference, critical thinking, active listening, collaborative learning, and the reflective process. Through interactive activities, educators will explore ways to integrate artifacts from diverse cultures into their curriculum, including selecting appropriate artifacts, developing inquiry-based questions, and facilitating student-led discussions.

A limited number of scholarships are available for educators from Title 1 Schools. Apply here.

Sponsored by Penn Arts & Sciences South Asia Center


About the Speakers

Morgan Lloyd

Morgan Lloyd

Morgan Lloyd is a curator, community arts administrator, educator, and scholar based in Lenapehoking (Philadelphia, PA). She is the Lead Interpreter and Docent Manager at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Her work emphasizes a holistic, community-centered revisitation and reconnection to the nuances of Black & Brown histories—with a special focus on Colonial and Antebellum histories.

Shari Tishman

Shari Tishman

Shari Tishman is a Lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Senior Research Associate at Harvard Project Zero, where she formerly served as Director. Her research focuses on the development and teaching of thinking, the role of close observation in learning, and learning in and through the arts.

Lindsey Bloom

Lindsey Bloom

Lindsey Bloom is an arts administrator, educator, and leader with over 10 years of experience in the museum field in Philadelphia. Lindsey currently manages Family Programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with previous experiences and community partners at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Academy of Natural Sciences, Free Library of Philadelphia, People’s Emergency Center, and Project H.O.M.E. Specializing in process art and audience connection, Lindsey develops intergenerational experiences that tap into play, wonder, and collaboration.

About the Global Learning Lab

Introducing the Global Learning Lab at the Penn Museum, where intercultural exchange and dialogue thrive. Our unique program fosters a transformative understanding of cultures by bringing together young visitors and educators from diverse backgrounds. Step into our interactive learning opportunities, hosted both in the Museum’s galleries and classrooms, facilitated by trained educators.

In the Global Learning Lab, core competencies in intercultural education are developed through engaging activities that facilitate the exchange of ideas and experiences. Unlike traditional programs, Global Learning Lab offers interactive experiences, led by trained global educators, who encourage students to build global competencies they need such as observation, inference, critical thinking, active listening, collaborative learning, and reflective process.

At the heart of our mission is the commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. The Global Learning Lab diversifies perspectives from education personnel, encouraging responsive programming that better represents our community. By embracing these principles, we create a space where intercultural understanding flourishes, critical thinking skills are nurtured, and global citizenship is cultivated.