Professional Learning

Professional Learning Series: New for Fall 2020

The Huntington supports teachers both locally and nationwide. Join us this fall for the new online Professional Learning Series for educators. Come and learn with Huntington Education staff and other speakers, and be inspired with compelling content, Huntington primary sources, teaching strategies for the digital realm, and the opportunity to engage with other colleagues. Choose from several different themes, the new class for teachers of AP Language and Composition, or sign up for them all! All participants will receive digitized resources and a certificate of attendance.

The fall professional learning series is:

  • free of charge for all educators
  • facilitated by Huntington Education staff via zoom meetings
  • 45 min. in duration and capped at 35 attendees allowing time for conversation and interacting

Fall Schedule

Louise Hindle

Journeys and Journeying
Tues., Sept. 22,  4–4:45 p.m. (PDT) 
Using the theme of Journeys and Journeying, join Huntington Associate Director for School Programs and Partnerships, Louise Hindle, in drawing inspiration from a range of primary sources, from landscape art to letters, to engage students in inquiry, research, and writing. We will also share ideas for how to foster dialogue and spoken presentations as an integrated part of the teaching and learning process. This session will be interactive, so be prepared to sketch and write during our time together.


Amanda Hernandez

Using Visual Literacy Strategies for AP Language and Composition
Wed., Sept. 30, 4–4:45 p.m. (PDT) Session 1
Wed., Oct. 14, 4–4:45 p.m. (PDT) Session 2
Wed., Oct. 28, 4–4:45 p.m. (PDT) Session 3
Wed., Nov. 18, 4–4:45 p.m. (PST) Session 4

Led by Huntington School Partnerships Manager, Amanda Hernandez, Ph.D., this course uses images and texts from The Huntington's collection to explore how visual literacy can be used as a strategy for practicing the skills required on the AP Language and Composition exam. The four sessions include visual literacy, cross-disciplinary argument, inquiry model for analysis, and lesson presentations. Each session will include primary source texts that reflect the experiences of marginalized populations including people of color, immigrants, and women. Upon finishing the course, teachers will have a portfolio of at least 10 primary sources and strategies that can be used as teaching tools. This course is not endorsed by the College Board. This course is approved for LAUSD salary points. Sign up for all four sessions strongly encouraged.



Louise Hindle and William Deverell

Connecting our Community Through Local Histories
Tues., Oct. 6, 4–4:45 p.m. (PDT)
Join Huntington Associate Director for School Programs and Partnerships, Louise Hindle, and William Deverell, (Professor of History University of Southern California, Director, Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West) as we reveal stories from the local community, captured in and through The Huntington's documentary, visual, and oral history collections. We will use these primary sources to explore the theme of community and share strategies to inspire local history and storytelling with students in your classroom.


Louise Hindle and Miroslava Chavez-Garcia

Dreams, Desires and Challenges: Exploring Migrant Experience through Primary Sources
Tues., Nov. 3, 4–4:45 p.m. (PST)
Join Huntington Associate Director for School Programs and Partnerships, Louise Hindle, and Miroslava Chávez-García, (Professor of History UC Santa Barbara, CA and Author of: Migrant Longing: Letter Writing across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 2018) as we explore letters from Chávez Esparza family letters collection, photos, and other primary sources as evidence of migrant experiences. During this session, presenters will showcase how primary sources can be used as tools to foster connections and make learning about the past relevant to your student communities.



Loren Miller

Activists and Changemakers
Tues., Dec. 1, 44:45 p.m. (PST) 
Taking the theme of Activists and Changemakers, Huntington staff and colleagues from the New-York Historical Society, will illuminate diverse perspectives from each institution’s collection, who fought to confront social injustice and make a change. Drawing inspiration from a range of primary sources and the New-York Historical Society's Women & the American Story curriculum, colleagues will showcase learning resources along with pedagogy.



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 1418, 2021 (5-day workshop)
Teachers grades K12
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 2125, 2021 (5-day workshop)
Teachers grades 48

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 28–30, 2021 (3-day workshop)
Teachers grades K12
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 Spring 2021 - 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 Advisory Panel

Meet the panel members and learn how their contributions are engaging new learners in relevant ways

Teacher Resources

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


Virtual School Programs

New Format for fall 2020! The Huntington Comes to Class


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