Resources for Pre K-12 Educators

Programs for Pre K-12 Educators and Students

Tours • Preschool Storytelling Celebration of Storytelling • Teacher Workshop 

The museum's education department works closely with Pre K–12 teachers to plan tours of the collection and exhibitions that complement classroom learning for students. In addition, workshops are offered to equip educators with the professional development opportunities needed to integrate art and aspects of the museum into their curriculum.

School Group Tours

Tours are free for children under 18, college/university students, and their teachers and chaperones. Tours should be scheduled at least three weeks in advance. 

Interactive guided school group tours of the Zimmerli are offered Tuesday through Friday for students in grades K–12. With thousands of original artworks and educator-led discovery tours, a trip to the Zimmerli offers an ideal opportunity to enhance and support the school curriculum. You may contact us at to discuss how to customize a tour for your group. 

To request a school group tour, download and return the Group Tour Request Form.

Preschool Adventures in Art and Storytelling

Preschool Adventures in Storytelling and Art visits can be scheduled throughout the year, from Tuesday through Friday, starting at 10am. Each session includes 30 minutes of storytelling, an age-appropriate museum tour, and a drawing activity. We can accommodate groups from 10 to 45 preschool students (minimum group size: 10 preschool students). Requests must be made at least 3 weeks in advance of the desired visit date. To reserve a visit, simply email or call 848.932.6175.

Preschool Adventures is entirely free of charge thanks to a generous grant from PNC Bank.

Celebration of Storytelling 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 / 10-11am
Free, registration required

Join us for a magical morning with master storyteller Shirley A. Johnson, as she shares a program of interactive multicultural tales. Using props, movement, music, and more, Johnson’s stories will stay alive in the minds of young listeners long after the program ends.  Johnson recognizes that children in today’s schools are more culturally and linguistically diverse than ever before. Interactive multicultural storytelling is a vehicle through which very young learners can better understand themselves and others; it allows children to play with stories so that the stories are both experienced and heard.  Each story in this program has been carefully selected to represent the diverse population encountered in today’s classrooms and the issues of building self-confidence and facilitating cooperation.

This program is open to preschool and daycare programs, as well as children and their guardians. Email or call 848.932.6787 to register or for more information. Space is limited.

Supported by the PNC Foundation and delivered in support of its signature initiative in early childhood education, PNC Grow Up Great. 

Teacher Workshop

Tuesday, April 17 / 4-7pm
Free, Registration Required

Join storytellers Shirley A. Johnson and Judi Schleppenbach as they present a workshop that will provide participants with tools to help young children gain an understanding and appreciation of racial and cultural diversity.  By developing the art of telling interactive, multicultural tales, educators will instill a feel for the language, artifacts, and values of the cultures these stories represent.

By providing sample storytelling, bibliographies, and materials for making props and instruments, workshop leaders, Shirley and Judi will help participants to become proficient tellers.  Participants will find those “just right stories” that will honor differences, highlight cultural wisdom, build empathy, and engage students.  They will take away stories, skills, and props that can be effective immediately!

Participants receive three professional credit development hours. Light dinner is included. The workshop is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Click here for the registration form. Please email or call 848.932.6787 with any questions.

Supported by the PNC Foundation and delivered in support of its signature initiative in early childhood education, PNC Grow Up Great. 

Interested in other professional development opportunities for your school? We are happy to work with schools to customize programs that draw upon the museum’s resources and provide rich opportunities for arts engagement and enrichment for teachers and students. Contact to start a conversation.