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Teacher Events and Workshops

Teachers discuss artworks with Asian Art Museum staff during a teacher workshop.Teachers discuss artworks with Asian Art Museum staff during a teacher workshop.

Teacher Workshop: Teaching Sikh History and the Immigrant Experience

Saturday, March 25, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
$10 (free for teacher members), pre-registration required

Trace the rich artistic traditions of the Sikhs, starting with the life and teachings of Guru Nanak, with a gallery tour of the exhibition Saints and Kings: Art, Culture, and Legacy of the Sikhs. Then, unpack the experiences of Sikh immigrant communities in 20th- and 21st-century California. This workshop includes a gallery tour, and presentations by Dr. Nicole Ranganath of the UC Davis Pioneering Punjabis Digital Archive, Dr. Jasbir Kang from the Pubjabi American Heritage Society, and Erin Vong of Voice of Witness. Participants will receive curriculum resources and a light breakfast. 

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Teacher Institute: Exploring Japan and the Medieval World
Implementing the 7th Grade History-Social Science Framework
Monday, Jul 10–Friday, Jul 14
8:30 AM–4 PM
Participants who complete the institute will receive a $150 stipend.

How was Japan interconnected to the rest of the world during the medieval period? Scholars and teachers will explore how Buddhism spread and changed over time; the relationship between China, Korea and Japan; and the impact of the warrior government on the society of medieval Japan. Includes scholar presentations, model lessons, curriculum materials and daily continental breakfast. Presented in partnership with the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project.

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Discovering Connections Teacher Institute
Monday, Jul 24–Friday, Jul 28
9 AM–4 PM
$250, Scholarships Available, Application Required

Explore the collections of four major San Francisco museums (Asian Art Museum, de Young Museum, Legion of Honor and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) using observation, inquiry and reflection. Participants will develop techniques for engaging with art and learn how the museum setting empowers critical thinking and creativity. This institute is designed for high school teachers and includes gallery experiences, discussions with museum staff and an education packet. Application deadline: May 7.

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