Professional Development

The Huntington supports teachers both locally and nationwide, through our free Evenings for Educators, weekend classes and summer institutes.

Centennial Summit

Teachers are invited to participate in a Centennial summit as The Huntington shapes its future in K-12 education. With educators and students in mind, the summit will explore and address the role that cultural institutions should play in K-12 education.

Teachers analyzing Zenobia in ChainsCentennial Summit
Rescheduled for Fall
Nov. 6: 4–6:30 p.m., 
Nov. 7: 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
Teachers grades K–12 I Enrollment: 70
The Huntington is inviting 70 teachers and administrators to participate in a Centennial summit as the institution shapes its future in K–12 education. With educators and students in mind, the summit will explore and address the role that cultural institutions play in K–12 education. The summit begins by surveying the educational landscape through the perspectives of teachers and experts in the field of education. Educators will participate in lightning round talks with cultural and academic partners, hands-on workshops, and unique Huntington experiences with educators, curators, scholars, docents and students. Partner institutions include: The National Humanities Center, George Washington's Mount Vernon, The New York Historical Society, UCLA Center X, and The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.

Program Schedule
Nov. 6: 4–6:30 p.m. Summit kick-off and mixer
Nov. 7: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. full day program including keynote speaker, lightning round conversations and Huntington experiences.


Summer Institutes

Three intensive institutes are offered each summer as a unique opportunity for teachers to work with scholars, curators, and The Huntington's diverse collections. Summer institutes are designed to inspire teachers, provide instruction for working with the collections in the classroom, and encourage networking and the exchange of knowledge with other educators. Stipends are available for all programs. Lunch is included each day and parking is free.

Shakespeare and Octavia ButlerHuntington Voices
June 1519, 2020 (5-day workshop)
Teachers grades K12
I Applications closed
Celebrating voices in our collections, from William Shakespeare to Octavia E. Butler, this five-day institute guides teachers on how to use Huntington primary sources to inspire student voice. Learn how to use these sources to encourage your learners to engage in critical thinking, creativity, and visual and performing arts.


CaliforniaNature, California's Place, and the American Dream
June 2226, 2020 (5-day workshop)
Teachers grades 48
I Applications closed
This institute considers the ways in which human interaction with the natural world has shaped the state of California for thousands of years. The course provides teachers with pathways for using primary source documents to address themes such as growth, conflict, reform movements, and environmental change.


Orbit PavilionHuntington Scientists
June 29–July 1, 2020 (3-day workshop)
Teachers grades K12
I Applications closed
Learn about Charles Darwin, Annie Jump Cannon, and other key figures in The Huntington's ongoing exhibition, "Beautiful Science: Ideas That Changed the World," using scientific primary sources to explore the collections where art, literature, and science intersect.


Evenings for Educators

Evenings for Educators are free events for educators held once each semester. These popular evening events are topical, enjoyable, and intellectually stimulating. Educators hear from experts, have the opportunity to create resources, and learn withand fromone another. Learning in galleries and exhibit spaces is a highlight.

shakespeare bust sculpture in garden with rosesEvening for Educators: Looking for Shakespeare
Rescheduled for Fall - Date TBD 
Free with reservations I Space limited
Explore Shakespeare's imprint across The Huntington's collections: in our art, our gardens, and our library. Teachers will have time in exhibition spaces, hear from the curators and have the opportunity to learn how to bring Shakespeare in to the classroom, courtesy of The Independent Shakespeare Company. Workshop choices available upon sign-up.


Teacher Advisory Panel

New this year, four alumni from our 2018 teacher institutes will make up our first Teacher Advisory Panel.  Each educator will spend the next year advising on our curriculum development, providing creative input through lesson planning and showcasing ways in which we can activate our resources for 21st century learners in relevant and engaging ways. More

Lectures in the Humanities

The Huntington hosts approximately twenty free public lectures each year on themes related to its collections. More

Interactive Virtual Tours

Students learn about collecting, complete activities, and watch short videos with Library, Art, and Botanical Encounters

Teacher Resources

Enrich your teaching with access to free online tools, sample lesson plans, school program visits, and more


Bring your Students

School programs schedule and registration info available May 2020


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