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Reimagining Teacher Professional Development Through Inquiry-based Learning

75-minute session

Location: Hilton Albany, Governor E

Day/Time: Tuesday, April 9 // 9 - 10:15 AM

About: Join the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art and the New York State Museum for an immersive and interdisciplinary teacher professional development session around the history of Dutch Manhattan. Engaging in deep thinking and collaborative discussion, we will utilize our collections as a springboard for pedagogical inspiration. In this session, Johnson and NYSM staff will model their inquiry-based approach in order to prompt participants to consider the ways in which museum collections can serve as inspiration for classroom teachers and other key partners.


Carina D'Urso, Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in PreK-12 Museum Education, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

Carina D’Urso is the Post-Baccaulerate Fellow in PreK-12 Museum Education at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. In May, she received her master's in Human Development and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she conducted community-engaged research around out of school time programs. In 2022, she received her Bachelor of Arts from the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Brooklyn College. There, she was a member of the CUNY Baccalaureate Program for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies, studying the Arts, Education, and Social Change.

Maryterese Pasquale-Bowen, Assistant for School Programs, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

Bowen has had decades of experience teaching at Ithaca High School and as a member of the Education Department at the Johnson. She has received Outstanding Educator awards from Cornell University and Hobart and William Smith colleges and several grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

James Jenkins, Museum Educator, New York State Museum

James Jenkins is an educator at the New York State Museum. His duties include leading educational programing, creating educational materials for teachers, teacher professional development, and supporting exhibition development. Prior to the NYSM, he taught High school Social Studies and served in the NY Army National Guard. His earned a MSed in adolescent education from the College of St. Rose and a BA in history from the University at Albany.

Conference Cancellation Policy

If for any reason, MANY cancels the conference, we will issue you a full refund. 

If you cancel your registration before Monday April 1, that request must be made in writing via email to We will refund you the full amount of your registration, minus a $45 administrative fee. 

Refunds requested after April 1 will not be granted, including requests made based on absence due to illness, late arrival and/or weather conditions. No refunds will be issued on special event tickets at any point due to restaurants and caterers requiring payment in advance.

Special event ticket purchases are non-refundable; restaurants and caterers require payment in advance. you are welcome to give or sell them to a colleague attending the conference. Please notify MANY staff in advance of the conference regarding any transfer of special event tickets. 

Please see your hotel confirmation email for your individual hotel reservation cancellation policy. 

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Conference Code of Conduct

The Museum Association of New York (MANY) is dedicated to providing a safe, inclusive, and welcoming conference experience for all participants. All attendees are expected to follow this Code of Conduct, which applies to all pre-conference workshops, concurrent sessions, special events, and capstone experiences.

Compliance with the Code of Conduct is expected from all conference participants; including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, staff, organizers, contractors, volunteers, exhibitors, and sponsors. Read more.

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