Woman standing in front of students in a museum
Phillips Collection instructor Laura Hoffman with UMD Education students

The Phillips Collection is collaborating with the College of Education to develop a three-credit course to provide Prince George’s County Public School (PGCPS) teachers with the opportunity to integrate the visual arts, strategies, tools, and resources seamlessly into the core curriculum for K–12 students.


Prism.K12 is a methodology that provides teachers with arts integration strategies to spark lesson ideas for the classroom. Prism.K12 was developed and tested by a national team of K–12 teachers and The Phillips Collection. Visit to learn more.


The course focuses on rigorous arts integration through The Phillips Collection’s Prism.K12 methodology. Participants will learn how to utilize the Prism.K12 arts-integration strategies for lesson planning while exploring the museum’s artworks, artists, and resources. Participating teachers will work both independently and in small teaching teams within their schools to further foster arts-integration capacity schoolwide.

Through in-person and online engagement, a blended learning model will be delivered in collaboration with the University of Maryland and will provide an authentic technology experience that will expand teachers’ digital skillsets and familiarity with web and social media platforms. Participants will connect with the larger educator arts-integration community through the Prism.K12 website, social media, and other online communication tools and resources.


In order to build teacher capacity for arts-integration and advance K–12 education reform, participating teachers will be better able to:

  1. Build confidence and expertise in meaningful arts integration through the Prism.K12 methodology.
  2. Hone researching skills to strengthen their curriculum with rich resources.
  3. Utilize online tools to better their practice.
  4. Contribute to the cohort’s professional learning community in-person and online.
  5. Deepen understanding of museum-teacher collaborations and opportunities with The Phillips Collection.


In fall 2015, The Phillips Collection and the University of Maryland, College of Education launched a bold partnership with a shared vision to dramatically transform scholarship and innovation in the arts. Together, the Phillips will expand its education programs, reach new and diverse audiences, and pursue key initiatives that align with the museum’s strategic mission as an “experiment station” and institution for learning. At the same time, UMD will grow its established scholarship and academic programs within the arts, provide unparalleled research and education opportunities for UMD faculty and students, and expand its footprint in the nation’s capital.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


This 45- hour, 15-week course will be offered in the fall semester. Participants can elect to receive three CPD credits or three graduate-level credits from UMD.

  • 3 CPD credits: $300
  • 3 UMD graduate credits: $2,049 + fees