UPI Teacher Professional Development Day

Educators across subject matters who want to incorporate visual storytelling into their curriculum are invited to participate in a free one-day professional development workshop. Held twice a year, the UPI Teacher Professional Development workshop blends together teaching demonstrations and artist talks, and culminates in a hands-on lesson planning session in collaboration with a photographer. We explore strategies to teach photography across disciplines such as language arts, social studies, literacy and critical thinking.


Practice tools for using photography in the classroom
Learn strategies to use photography for students to practice literacy, analysis, and critical thinking skills.

Collaborate with photographers and journalists
Work directly with the photographer to develop documentary photo-based lesson plans, featuring UPI & Photoville exhibitions.

Network with teachers across disciplines
Brainstorm and collaborate with teachers across the city and across disciplines. Enjoy a meal and happy hour with your colleagues!

Participants produce lesson plans in collaboration with artists, and they can be downloaded from the Teacher Resources page.

The Professional Development Day initiative is produced by United Photo Industries, with support from PhotoWings.



Here’s what participants have said:

“We saw people who were doing thrilling work outside the classroom, but it only made me more excited to go back to my classroom because I feel that connection and it feels like a more authentic way to bridge that gap than probably anything I’ve ever done before.”
— Anna Knutson, MS 839


“I’m a social worker in a special ed school, using a lot of creative stuff to do social and emotional work. It’s often me doing my own thing. This is exactly the environment of people doing the things that I want to do.”
— Carla Rice, The New LIFE School


“I feel it’s so incredible that the work that I’ve done has just been turned into a workshop for middle school and high school kids. That’s everything I ever do my work for. If we are not teaching our youth to stand up for their own rights, and the rights of marginalized people around them, then this work is for naught. So to watch teachers do their thing with my work, it was so impressive to see this lesson come to fruition.”
— Kisha Bari, Photographer, ReSisters: Behind the Scenes of the Women’s March

Upcoming Workshop:

Fall 2019 Teacher PD Day

Saturday September 21, 2019

10AM – 5PM

NYC Teachers – middle school through high school. Teachers of all subjects (art, social studies, language arts, science etc.) are welcome!

Photoville at Broooklyn Bridge Plaza

Completely free to attend!
Includes light breakfast, lunch & happy hour.


Space is limited so registration is first-come, first-served.

Teacher PD Alumni:

Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School
Brooklyn East Alternate Learning Center
Brooklyn Heights Montessori
Brooklyn Technical High School
BxWorks Morris Innovative Senior Center
District 75
Dwight School
Essex County NJ High School
Friends of the High Line
Harvey Milk High School
HS of Art and Design
HS of Fashion Industries
The LGBT Center
Liberation Diploma Plus High School
Lion’s Tooth
Millenium Brooklyn High School
MS 136K
MS 51
MS 88
MS 839
North Arlington Middle School
One World Middle School
PhotoUno Photography School
PS 140
P256 @ St. John’s Home
Promise Academy 2 (Harlem Children’s Zone)
The New LIFE School
Vista Academy
Williamsburg High School of Arts + Technology