Educator Programs & Resources


Educator Programs

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 2017-18 year, the Think Tank will take the form of a collaborative laboratory where participants will research collaboration in schools and museums. How are collaborations most successful? How do individuals play different roles within a collaboration? Throughout the year, we’ll develop our experimentations together as co-researchers, learning from each other through reflections and open dialogues.

2017–18 Teacher Think Tank Meeting Schedule
Monday, October 16, 4:30–6:30 pm
Tuesday, November 7, 9:30 am–3:30 pm (Election Day)
Monday, January 22, 4:30–6:30 pm
Monday, March 19, 4:30–6:30 pm
Monday, May 7, 4:30-7:30pm

Past Think Tank Topics
In 2016-2017, the Think Tank examined the role of themes in the classroom and museum. Through their experiments, they investigated how themes are chosen, when they're most beneficial, and when a non-thematic approach could be appropriate. A short report of their work can be found here.

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 [email protected] or call 718.204.7088 extension 203. 

To find out more about pricing and program types please click here


Click here to download a brief biography on Isamu Noguchi appropriate for grades
pre-K to 5

Click here to download a brief biography on Isamu Noguchi appropriate for grades 5 and above.

Click here to download a PowerPoint presentation with a selections of images of Isamu Noguchi and the Museum.

Click here to download the Self-Interned: 1942 Educator Guide for grades 5 to 12. After the bombing at Pearl Harbor in 1941, Isamu Noguchi realized he was not just an artist and American, but he was also Nisei, a Japanese American. This guide focuses on teaching students about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II through Noguchi's art and writing.

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