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


  • Tue- Friday10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm


Visit the carle


Summer Teacher Workshop


Thursday, August 8, 2019

8:30 – 9:00 am
Check-In and Refreshments

9:00 – 9:15 am
Welcome and Introductions

9:15 – 10:15 am
KEYNOTE: What Teachers Bring Home From School: Mirrors and Windows for an Emotionally Healthy Life, with Dr. Lesley Koplow, Director of the Center for Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street College

Teaching is a highly misunderstood profession, rarely portrayed accurately by people who are not in the field. Therefore, it becomes essential for people in the profession to be able to acknowledge and tell the real story of life in the classroom, so they do not lose sight of their own powerful impact.

10:15 – 10:30 am
Refreshment Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Cultivating a Mindful, Heartful Classroom, with Kimberly Ochs, Instructional Coach with West Warwick Public Schools, Rhode Island

The research is clear that children and adults who practice mindfulness have greater awareness, attention, memory, peacefulness, and wellness.  In her presentation Ochs will explore the definition, science and benefits of mindfulness, and share ways for educators and students to integrate simple, practical mindfulness techniques into their day.

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Catered Lunch/Time on own
Time to shop in the store (participants receive a 10% discount, Members 25%), have lunch, and view The Carle’s current exhibitions, including Eric Carle Makes a Book; William Steig's Sylvester and the Magic Pebble: A Golden Anniversary; and The Picture Book Odysseys of Peter Sís.

1:00 – 5:00 pm
BREAKOUT SESSIONS (Educators will rotate through all three sessions)

Space to Create
Facilitators: Carle Art Educator Meg Nicoll

Take time to explore art materials for your own enjoyment. Join us in the Art Studio to closely observe, experience, and discuss the qualities of materials. The Carle Art Educators will lead you in a session designed to celebrate materials and the space they create for discovery, creativity, and self-expression.

Little Books for Big Feelings
Facilitator: Carle Literacy Educator David Feinstein

Explore picture book titles that tackle strong emotions and challenging events. Participants will discuss how these books invite us to see our own experiences and emotions, and brainstorm how to use them in the classroom.  
Mindful Self-Care for Educators
Facilitator: Meditation Producer and Artist Susa Talan

Self-care is essential, so why is it so hard to do? In this session participants will explore several types of mindfulness practice, what the practice of mindfulness has to teach us about self-care, and how being more present for our own experience allows us to show up more aware, resilient and compassionate for students and others.

5:00 – 5:15 pm
Reflection and Program Evaluation

Register online now!
Registration closes August 1 or earlier, if participation limit is reached.
Early registration is recommended.

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