Educator Programs & Resources
The Noguchi Museum Teacher Think Tank
In the spirit of Isamu Noguchi’s commitment to collaboration and experimentation, The Noguchi Museum invites classroom and museum educators to participate in its fifth year of the Teacher Think Tank. The cohort meets five times during the school year to collectively discuss and research topics related to school and museum education.
For the 2016-17 year, the Think Tank will take the form of a collaborative laboratory where participants will research the role of themes during school programs at museums. Why do classroom and museum educators choose particular themes? When are non-themed tours, or particular themes more successful? Olga Hubard, Associate Professor of Art Education at Teachers College, will join the group for three sessions, investigating these and related questions. Throughout the year, we’ll develop our experimentations together as co-researchers, learning from each other through reflections and open dialogues.
2016-17 Schedule of Teacher Think Tank Meetings:
Thursday, October 27, 4:30–6:30 pm
Tuesday, November 8, 9:30 am–3:30 pm (Election Day)
Thursday, January 26, 4:30–6:30 pm
Thursday, March 16, 4:30–6:30 pm
Thursday, May 4, 4:30-7:30pm
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and applicants will be notified as soon as possible and no later than Thursday, October 13. Download a mail-in application form here.
Or, apply online.
Past Think Tank Topics
In 2015-2016, the Think Tank experimented with non-verbal communication in their teaching. Through these experiments, they discovered vulnerabilities, cultural assumptions, and tools for effective instruction and classroom management. A short report of their work can be found here.
In 2014-2015, the Think Tank focused on the following questions: What have you always wanted to try in your teaching practice? What does it mean to experiment? When is a risk worth taking? A compilation of experiments can be found here.
For the 2013-2014 year, the Think Tank explored the questions: What kind of philosophical questions do students pose and address with a work of art? When does inquiry with art become philosophical inquiry?
During the 2012-2013 school year, the Think Tank wondered, "What does success look like for a school tour at an art museum?" A report sharing advice for teachers and for museum educators can be found here.
Professional Development Programs
The Noguchi Museum is pleased to offer Professional Development Programs for educators.To book a program specifically designed for your group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718.204.7088 extension 203.
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pre-K to 5.
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