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Professional Development Workshop for Teachers

Monday, January 29, 2024
9:00 AM–3:00 PM

Join fellow teachers for a day of professional learning at the Rubin. 

Learn how to incorporate the Rubin’s vibrant collection into your curriculum, reflect on ways to create a compassion-centered school environment, and discover how to bring mindfulness practices into your classroom. 

This event is open to 6th–12th grade teachers and will feature:

  • A Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning® presentation led by a certified SEE Learning® facilitator
  • A mindful movement workshop in partnership with GROOVE NYC
  • Customized tours of the Mandala Lab and Gateway to Himalayan Art
  • An experiential art workshop integrating SEE Learning® components
  • Curriculum resources for teachers
  • Complimentary refreshments

This free professional development workshop for teachers will take place on the January Professional Development Day for New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) teachers. Advance registration is required. 


About the Mandala Lab 

The Mandala Lab features five thought-provoking, playful experiences—including videos, scents, sculpture, and curated percussion instruments—that guide you along an inner journey focused on self-awareness and awareness of others. See, smell, touch, and breathe your way through the space, designed to inspire connection, empathy, and learning. 


About Gateway to Himalayan Art

Gateway to Himalayan Art introduces visitors to the main forms, concepts, meanings, and traditions of Himalayan art represented in the Rubin Museum’s collection. The exhibition highlights regions of the diverse Himalayan cultural spheres, including parts of present-day India, China, Nepal, Bhutan, and Mongolia. Gateway invites teachers to explore exemplary objects from the Museum’s collection, organized and presented in thematic sections: Figures and Symbols, Materials and Techniques, and Purpose and Function.


About SEE Learning®

The Rubin’s educational programs integrate Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning® principles. SEE Learning® is an innovative K–12 education program developed by Emory University. The program provides educators with tools to foster the development of emotional, social, and ethical intelligence for students and themselves. 



GROOVE NYC builds community and social emotional awareness through movement and dance. GROOVE’s blended Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and healing arts curriculum fosters acceptance of others and empathy. GROOVE offers dance experiences, mindfulness workshops, and meditation sessions to students, teachers, and the community at large. If you can move, you can groove!


Mandala Lab and Family and School Programs are made possible with lead support from the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Barbara Bowman, Dharma Joy Foundation, Noah P. Dorsky, Fred Eychaner, Agnes Gund, The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Global, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Rasika and Girish Reddy, Shelley and Donald Rubin, and Tiger Baron Foundation.

Major support is provided by, Bob and Lois Baylis, Sara and Joseph Bedrick, Anne and Albert Chao, Con Edison, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, DeWitt Stern, Karen Dorsky, Chris K. Jones, Think Strong Scholarships, Jack Lampl, Max Meehan, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Sarah and Craig Richardson, Basha Frost Rubin and Scott Grinsell, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Namita and Arun Saraf, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Tsherin Sherpa, Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, and New York Life Insurance Company*, and New York Life.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.



Image Credit: Photo by Filip Wolak, 2022

Ticket price: Free for 6th–12th grade teachers (Reservation is required.)


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