Teachers Academy

Autry Teacher Academy

The Autry Teacher Academy is an annual professional development program based on the Autry’s belief that the techniques and resources of museums can help talented teachers create engaging, powerful, and memorable object- and project-based learning units in the classroom. For seven days in the summer, Academy participants work with historians, curators, archivists, master teachers, and other experts in their fields to help develop lesson plans for classroom implementation in the coming academic year. Teachers then share the results of this work at the Autry Education Symposium.

The Autry Education Department believes that the future of object- and project-based learning depends on these kinds of professional partnerships, and we are pleased and honored to hold the Academy as part of our ongoing mission to complement and supplement the work of Southern California’s talented teachers.

2017 Autry Teacher Academy Application

Application period closes, January 31, 2017.

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As participants in the Academy, each teacher will receive:

  • A $1,000 stipend for the dedication of your time and effort and your participation in all Academy activities, including, the Academy workshops, creating a lesson plan to teach in the classroom, and attending the Autry Education Symposium and Showcase in May 2018.
  • Breakfast and lunch every day of the Academy.
  • Access to top scholars and professionals in the fields of history, culture, education, and museum studies.
  • Elementary education teachers will receive support from the Autry in order to implement a project based learning unit in their classrooms. Secondary education teachers will participate in an Autry Classroom Curators project, a project based learning program that culminates with the students presenting their work at the Autry.
  • The promotion of your completed work among the community of educators in Southern California.

Requirements

  • Attend all scheduled days for the Academy (July 10–14 & July 17-18)
  • Plan a lesson or unit of study that incorporates teaching techniques learned through the academy and then teach that lesson in the classroom before April 2018.
  • Submit a finalized lesson plan by October 1, 2016.
  • Elementary teachers will receive support from the Autry to implement a project based learning unit.
  • Secondary teachers will participate in Autry Classroom Curators in the 2017-2018 year and showcase their student work in the Autry’s Our West gallery. Autry Classroom Curators partners with teachers and students for a unit of study that runs roughly 8 weeks. The Autry will provide support for a Project-Based Learning Unit that culminates with the students presenting their work at the Autry.
  • Attend and participate in the Autry Education Symposium and Showcase in May 2018.