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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002

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  • Wednesday-Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday and Tuesday

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Professional Development

The Carle offers a wide range of professional development workshops, from workshops designed to foster creative and critical thinking, to programs that support critical engagement with the picture book as an art form. Our goal is to help educators, regardless of their familiarity with art, encourage their students to further develop visual and verbal literacy.

Programs can be arranged at the Museum or at your site. Each workshop is three hours long, and designed for up to 15 participants onsite (20 participants off-site). If you have a larger group we’re happy to discuss different options that may be available. Participants attending onsite programs receive a 10% discount (25% for Members) in the Museum Shop the day of the program.

After reading the information below, please complete the online PD Inquiry Form  with your selection(s), so we may provide you with a quote and assist you with your booking. 

See a list of upcoming Professional Development Workshops, Programs and Events offered at The Carle.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2020 WILL BE DONE AS DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMS.


DISTANCE LEARNING                  
Educators of early childhood classes are invited to schedule a distance learning program offered through live videoconferencing. Contact programs@calrmuseum.org rlemuseum.org to schedule a program. 
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS (all are available as virtual programs)

Open Book, Open Play: Engaging Toddlers and Preschoolers in Storytime
Do you ever struggle to keep children focused or attentive during storytime? Explore fun ways to engage toddlers and preschoolers in interactive storytimes and open-ended play. This workshop will provide educators with tools for inviting very young children to actively participate in book sharing as well as materials-based imaginative play. This innovative approach to looking, listening, learning, and communicating helps children develop verbal and visual literacy, as well as fine and gross motor skills.

The Whole Book ApproachDiscover the difference between reading with children and reading to children! The Whole Book Approach, developed by former Carle educator Megan Lambert, gives educators, parents, and caregivers the tools to evaluate the picture book as an art form and encourages the critical engagement of children during picture book reading experiences. Participants will spend hands-on time looking at selected picture books.

Want to continue developing storytime strategies beyond this workshop? Purchase a copy of Lambert’s Reading Picture Books with Children, available at a discounted rate when you sign up for the workshop. 

Wordless Picture Books (available as virtual workshop)
How does one "read" a wordless picture book? How can wordless picture books help emergent readers who must learn to negotiate the printed word? How can pictures tell a story? In this workshop, we'll explore how wordless picture books invite careful observation, critical thinking, and opportunities to make meaning out of what one sees and hears from others.

Little Books, Big Feelings: Picture Books and Social Emotional Learning   
What stories do we tell to help children cope? In this workshop we will consider how we can use picture books to support social emotional learning. Participants will explore books that address various SEL competencies, consider how these books reflect their experiences inside and outside of the classroom, and learn emotionally responsive practices for engaging children in shared reading experiences. 

Exploring Diversity in Picture Books   
Examine how to use picture books to provide “mirrors and windows” that reflect readers’ identities and open their eyes to the world beyond their lived experiences. Participants will explore diverse representation in recent picture books, discuss ways to foster children’s critical engagement with them, and learn tools for conducting diversity audits of one’s book collection. 

Exploring Materials: Paper 
In this workshop, we will take an in-depth look at how one material, paper, can inspire a wide range of creative, sensory experiences.  Join Carle Art Educators for a hands-on and discussion-based workshop that explores how we can create exciting, safe, accessible, and enriching ways to introduce and celebrate materials in early childhood educational settings.  

We’ll be sending a materials list to participants before the workshop. All materials will be easy-to-source from around the home (such as paper and drawing tools) and will not require purchase. Participants will also receive a hand-out with supporting materials, including supplemental readings, thematic booklists, and material recommendations.  

Exploring Materials: Mark-Making In this workshop, we will take an in-depth look at how mark-making with a variety of easily-sourced materials can inspire a wide range of creative, sensory experiences.  Join Carle Art Educators for a hands-on and discussion-based workshop that explores how we can create exciting, safe, accessible, and enriching ways to introduce and celebrate materials in early childhood educational settings.    

We’ll be sending a materials list to participants before the workshop. All materials will be easy-to-source from around the home (such as paper and drawing tools) and will not require additional purchases. Participants will also receive a hand-out with supporting materials, including supplemental readings, thematic booklists, and material recommendations. 
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