Interested in scheduling a professional development workshop for your K-12 educator group to increase content knowledge about the ancient world and hone teaching skills? The Oriental Institute’s Public Education Department now offers Educator Workshops by Request to support educators’ needs. Workshops are available Tuesdays through Thursdays between 10 am and 3pm at the Oriental Institute. They range from 1.5 hours to 3 hours based on the participants’ choice.

Who can book the workshop?

Leaders or trainers of teacher education programs, The Oriental Institute Educator Workshops by Request are primarily designed for K-12 educators, librarians, and curriculum coordinators. We also welcome administration staff, independent teaching artists, and community educators.

What are the workshop formats and contents?

Format and contents of a 3-hour workshop:

  • A guided tour led by a content specialist in archaeology and/or Egyptology, with select choice of theme (see “Theme Selections” below)
  • A demonstration and hands-on activity using the Oriental Institute’s learning collections and online resources
  • Educator resource packets
  • Student worksheets/Classroom instruction materials

Format and contents of a 1.5-hour workshop:

  • A guided tour led by a content specialist in archaeology and/or Egyptology, with select choice of theme (see “Theme Selections” below)
  • Educator resource packets

What are the workshop theme selections?

  • Inquiry & Discovery: Teaching through Archaeology and Primary Sources
    • Learn how primary sources can be used to support inquiry learning which engages students in drawing on their prior knowledge, personal experiences, reflective and critical thinking skills to construct meaning.
  • Ancient Art and Architecture
    • Investigate a wide range of forms of artistic expressions, including royal monuments, personal adornments, poetry, and beyond. Gain different perspectives on the style, iconography, materials, and techniques of art in ancient Mesopotamia and/or Egypt.
  • Investigating Nutrition: The Advent of Agriculture in Mesopotamia (based on Project Archaeology curriculum)
    • Trace the shift from hunting and gathering to the development of agriculture in the ancient world.
  • Investigating Shelter: Investigating a Neolithic Dwelling at Jarmo (based on Project Archaeology curriculum)
    • Engage students in discovering how real people lived in prehistoric times in northern Iraq and how they obtained their food.

How to get started – Procedures:

  1. Make your request at least 30 days in advance. Requested dates and times are subject to availability. Only requests for groups of 10 or more people will be considered. Click either “Book a Workshop (Pay by Credit Card)” or “Book a Workshop (Pay by Check)” to proceed with your reservation.
  2. Payment must be received at least two weeks prior to the program date. Please make checks payable to “The Oriental Institute,” and send to attention: Public Education Department, The Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637 and note “Educator Workshop by Request Fee.” If the payment is not received by that time, the program is subject to cancellation.
  3. Please allow 5 business days for the Public Education Department to confirm the availability of your program.
  4. When the program is confirmed, we will send you a contract and receipt of your program payment via email.

A Testimony:

"[The] guide was extremely knowledgeable, personable and a highly capable speaker to boot. The participants were very pleased with the tour, which sparked ideas for how to bring the world of archeology back into the classroom. We had a productive conversation on the bus ride back and have continued to share ideas and resources after." -- Elliott Rabin, PhD, Project & Content Development Director, Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools

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NOTE: This program will not be available from June 1 to October 31, 2017. We will resume taking reservations starting November 1, 2017.


Groups can choose either a full 3-hour staff-guided workshop, or a 1.5-hour workshop with an optional self-guided tour.

For a full 3-hour staff-guided workshop:

  • 10–20 participants: $150
  • 21–35 participants: $250
  • 36–50 participants: $350

For a 1.5-hour workshop with an optional self-guided tour:

  • 10 – 20 participants: $75
  • 21 – 35 participants: $125
  • 36 – 50 participants: $175

Questions? Contact the Public Education Department at