Professional Development

Continuing Opportunities for Professional Development

Lincoln Nursery School and deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum are pleased to offer their shared site and experience as professional development for individuals, schools, museums, or other educational institutions. LNS Director Nancy Fincke and deCordova Deputy Director for Learning and Engagement Julie Bernson, offer individual or co-lead sessions developed in response to attendee’s specific interests. Participants may select from the following topics:

  • • Place-based education in an art museum context
    • Materials as a language for exploration
    • Environments as “teacher” – documentation
    • Learning groups
    • Teachers and children as co-researchers
    • Systems that support reflective practice
    • Tools to engage learners and build curriculum during play
    • Learning stories
    • Documentation as assessment

A non-profit contribution of $60 per person is requested to help support professional development opportunities for Lincoln Nursery School faculty.

Please email Lisa Canning with the intended focus of your visit (see bullets above as a starting point) and numbers attending at The $60 per person contribution may be adjusted for larger groups.

Educational Research Opportunities

LNS and deCordova are also interested in partnering with graduate students, professors, universities, and other researchers to investigate the pedagogy and practice offered by this unique forum for collaborative, experiential, reflective, discovery based, art and nature inspired teaching and learning.

For inquiries, please contact Julie Bernson, deCordova Deputy Director for Learning and Engagement at

Collaboration with Artist Stephanie Cardon

“What you’ll see today is the culmination of this collaborative effort. It’s really a one-to-one representation of the school, because each child painted a screen that’s roughly their size, and so you’ll see them stand together as a community, and then we’ll populate it…” – Stephanie Cardon

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Children as Scientists in the Natural World

This exhibition is designed to inspire visitors of all ages to take in the exciting natural world that surrounds us at the deCordova sculpture park every day using Lincoln Nursery School’s exploratory methods and discoveries as a starting point. Find it in the Square, alongside the deCordova Store.

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