Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
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Professional Development

Events

EVENING FOR EDUCATORS
Learn about new exhibitions and take away field trip ideas and worksheets and educator materials to guide your museum learning experience. Open to teachers, school librarians, grade-level teams, and administration.

Brick By Brick
An exhibition of LEGO® toys and bricks
5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
Free, pre-registration required online
Explore this exciting exhibition with hands-on stations that emphasize LEGO toys and bricks as learning tools with artistic, scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical applications.
Brick by Brick field trips

Step Into Spring
5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
Free, pre-registration required online
Learn about current and upcoming field trip opportunities in 2015, including Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage, which opens March 2015 and features art and artifacts of Captain Cook’s expeditions and how his route would look with today’s changing climate.
Arctic Ambitions field trips

STARLAB PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
(Required for StarLab rental)
Learn how to operate and use the StarLab in your classroom. Museum educators take you through the inflatable dome’s set-up and takedown processes. Discover the many possibilities for broadening your students’ knowledge base. Grade-level or teams of teachers encouraged to register as a group.
Learn more about StarLab.

Available dates for StarLab professional development:
StarLab Fall Training for Educators
4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
$10 per person, pre-registration required online

StarLab Spring Training for Educators
4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23, 2015
$10 per person, pre-registration required online

Can’t attend one of the dates listed? Contact 929-9279 to schedule your own training.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE
National Geographic represents dynamic and proven speakers, considered among the best in their fields.

Take yourself on a global adventure from the poles to our vast universe in these unique teacher professional workshops suited for grades 3 through 12, with adaptation. Space is limited to the first 18 teachers who register online. Workshops held at the Anchorage Museum.
$15 members/$18 non-members for both workshops

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27
Teachers explore each of the National Geographic speakers, dive deeper into the preparation for the student matinees with pre- and post-field trip National Geographic articles and activities.

3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12
Focus on STEM initiatives, NextGeneration Science Standards and meet Kobie Boykins, NASA Engineer for an in-person exclusive Q&A session.

Learn more about school opportunities with National Geographic Live, including school matinees.

TRAVELING KIT TRAINING
Traveling Kit training sessions are available upon request. Learn how to teach with objects and use these museum resources in your classroom. Discover the many possibilities for broadening your students’ hands-on experience. Grade-level or teams of teachers encouraged to register as a group.

$10 per person, minimum 4 people per session
Call 929-9276 to schedule a customized training.

Opportunities

CUSTOMIZED IN-SERVICE
Available year-round
Schedule a customized educator in-service at the Anchorage Museum. Learn the ins and outs of field trip planning, how to bring exhibitions to life through hands-on exploration, and how to use the museum as an authentic extension of classroom curriculum. Walk away with pre- and post-field trip activities. Price varies. For more information call (907) 929-9271 or download an in-service registration form.

VOLUNTEERING
The museum offers a myriad of volunteer opportunities for adults and teens. Give an exhibition tour, develop curriculum, assist visitors during public programs and special events, or engage visitors through hand-on activities. We cherish our volunteers and are grateful for their help, so we show our appreciation by providing many benefits, including free museum admission and discounts in the museum shop and at Muse restaurant. If you are interested in volunteering (or have an interested student), download an application form here or e-mail volunteer@anchoragemuseum.org. Once your application is reviewed, we’ll contact you or your student for an interview and schedule an orientation and training. Training may include formal classes and workshops or informal meetings, depending on the volunteer activity.