Teacher Institute

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Applications will reopen in spring 2020.


People sit on the ground in an open-air structure made of long wooden beams and tape
Participants in our Summer Teacher Institute gather underneath a structure they built during a workshop with artist Faheem Majeed
Photo: Gillian Fry, © MCA Chicago


Teacher Institute is the museum’s most immersive and collaborative professional development program for educators. The design of this free, year-long program is aimed at helping you investigate, design, incubate, and implement innovative, contemporary curriculum. The emphasis of the Teacher Institute is on supporting teachers in developing student-centered projects that give students an active role in the development, implementation, and documentation processes.


Support for teacher programs at the MCA is generously provided by the Polk Bros. Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, the Crown Family, and Discover.