Teacher Professional Development


Kids experiencing trauma are more likely to fall behind academically, and more likely to have behavior issues in the classroom. Now consider that every student has experienced some form of trauma during the global pandemic. What can we do to help?

This school year, our professional development workshops will focus on ways to help students reflect on their experiences with meaningful discussions and art-making activities. Each program in the series deals with a unique emotional experience (isolation, disappointment, loss, etc.) and offers ways to reflect and rebuild in the context of art education.

Workshops are $15 for members, $25 for non-members. Teachers will earn three CPE credits for each workshop they attend. Participants must register in advance.



Matchbox Mementos
Thursday, November 4, 2021
4:30 – 7:30pm

Art can help us remember important moments in our lives and honor special people who are no longer with us. For inspiration, we will explore memorial artworks in the new exhibition Supernatural America. We will create personal, portable memorials— small boxes to help students process unsettled feelings about the past.


Lost and Found
Thursday, December 9, 2021
4:30 – 7:30pm

When we permanently lose someone or something, we need to find a way to grieve. Come experience the immersive artwork Blossom by multi-sensory artist Wolfgang Buttress as we understand it’s deeper meaning: things can’t go back to the way they were, but they can also be the start of something new. We will create wearable art that reminds us to appreciate the moments we share.


Thursday, February 3, 2022
4:30 – 7:30pm

Zoom calls and emails often aren’t enough when we really want to connect with someone far away. We will tour Meatyard’s The Unforeseen Wilderness exhibition as an example of how an artist shares their private journey. Then we will create personal audio recordings to document moments that can be shared, re-mixed, and surprisingly useful for helping students feel less isolated.


Thursday, March 3, 2022
4:30 – 7:30pm

At the start of 2020 many students had big plans for the future, but those plans were suddenly put on hold. We will examine the stories behind Yoruba artworks from Nigeria that symbolize uncertainty and chaos. Then we will create breakable art to symbolize the frustration of being stuck, and discover ways of returning—  one day! –  to the person we hoped to be.


A Spring Like This
Thursday, April 7, 2022
4:30 – 7:30pm

April and May were painful, lonely months for me because I couldn’t talk to you. I never knew that spring could be so painful and lonely. Better to have three Februaries than a spring like this.

– Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

Hopefully we will never have another spring like 2020, but there is value in the time we’ve spent alone because we can learn so much about ourselves. Quilts from the 1800’s seem to have little in common with our modern lives, but we will create patchwork-inspired art using cellphone photos from April 2020, using quilt patterns that reveal our true priorities.




Collaborate with the Speed to develop a customized in-service that serves your specific professional development needs. We can create a personalized in-service for just one school or for an entire district. A minimum of 10 teachers is required. Contact  dwood@speedmuseum.org to request additional information.


Questions about K-12 Professional Development? Contact Darrick Wood at dwood@speedmuseum.org