Professional Growth Opportunities for Museum and Early Childhood Professionals
SEEC offers tools to provide young children with meaningful learning experiences through its blend of museum and early childhood experience.
Bring SEEC’s training sessions to a location of your choice with one or more of the following professional development options. SEEC training workshops are hands-on and require active participation.
One Day Seminars:
Pricing for one day seminars at a location of your choice is dependent on individual needs. Please contact Brooke Shoemaker at ShoemakerB@si.edu for more information.
Creating Collections with Young Children
SEEC will bring this one day seminar to your museum or school to help your educators discover new ways to assist classroom teachers in creating and using classroom collections and exhibits that combine literature, art and objects to introduce children to the magic of museums in a way that aligns with you individual classroom curriculum.
Two Hour Workshops:
Two hour workshops are generally $650 for up to 25 participants, however SEEC is willing to discuss tuition assistance on a case by case basis. Please contact Brooke Shoemaker at ShoemakerB@si.edu for more information.
Connections and Collections: Engaging Young Minds in Math
Children love to sort, organize and classify. Learn how to harness this innate interest to build science and math skills.Participants will be introduced to the concept of developing collections in the classroom as a teaching strategy to support and create opportunities for math-based activities.
The Museum in Your Classroom
Everyday objects bring awe and wonder into the classroom. Museums are known for housing large collections of interesting objects, but they are often considered inaccessible to younger audiences. In this workshop, participants will learn how to make connections between the kinds of objects found in a museum and everyday objects that can be explored by children in the classroom.
Never too Young: Talking Culture with Kids
Positively influence the next generation by using artifacts to create a culturally inclusive classroom.
This session will illustrate universal themes that are common to all people and cultures as a strategy for thinking about others, and will then offer an approach that honors differences while being careful not to promote stereotypes. Although many artifacts and works of art offer authentic experiences for children to become acquainted with diverse cultures, some objects need to be presented with an awareness of culturally sensitive content. The idea of developing a positive and accepting attitude about differences will be part of the conversation.
Promoting a Child’s Sense of Wonder
Share moments of curiosity through science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Questioning techniques, inquiry and the scientific method will be addressed as educators explore the wonders of nature with a variety of hands-on activities. Participants will leave the workshop with new ideas for science experiences that fit within the context of their students’ interests and everyday connections to their classroom lessons.