Educator Development

educator development

Our Creative Education Team designs and facilitates dynamic workshops for educators. These workshops focus on the creative and environmental benefits of reuse, and can be tailored to fit your group’s needs.

Below are three focus areas for our Creative Education development training:

Early Education

Reclaimed materials provide so many opportunities for play and early childhood development. This interactive workshop introduces the theory of loose parts and provides hands-on examples of how open-ended materials can be used to support early childhood learning objectives.

Maker Education

We believe reclaimed materials are great for inspiring innovation and problem-solving, precisely because they take some creativity just to figure how to use them. Our Maker-focused workshops provide tips on maximizing reclaimed materials in your classroom or makerspace.

Arts Education

Bolster your art instruction with the environmental and artistic benefits of reclaimed materials. In this workshop we discuss historical and contemporary examples of artists reusing, and share how to encourage spontaneity and material exploration of beautiful reclaimed materials. 

Educator Empowerment Program

Looking for a summer workshop series and site visits to support the implementation of sustainability-focused lessons with your students? 

he Educator Empowerment Program provides professional educator workshops to explore, hands-on, the enormous potential and creative results that using reclaimed materials adds to learning. Our Creative Reuse teaching artists will provide site visits to each participating school or organization to help facilitate a collaboratively-designed lesson with your students.

This program emphasizes collaboration between participating educators and Creative Reuse Education staff to find authentic and meaningful ways of integrating interdisciplinary environmental, maker, STEAM, and art-focused learning experiences into the participants’ existing curriculum/programs.

Though not required, applicants are encouraged to apply as interdisciplinary pairs with the goal of having two educators from different disciplines working together on a common curricular initiative. Even if applying as a pair, each individual educator must complete the application.

We’d love if you’d share this opportunity with the people in your education-related networks! If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Rogers at

Thanks to generous support from The Grable Foundation, participation in the Educator Empowerment Program comes at zero cost for participants!

Program Perks:
  • Participation in summertime workshops to explore, hands-on, the enormous potential and creative results that using reclaimed materials adds to learning.

  • Following the summer workshop series, Creative Reuse teaching artists will provide site visits to each participating school or organization to support the implementation of a collaboratively designed lesson with your students.

Participants will receive:
  • $50 in-shop voucher to obtain FREE reclaimed materials for your school/organization from the Creative Reuse shop!
  • Complimentary ReCreative Partners membership for up to 12 educators at your school/organization – this membership provides 20% off all purchases.
  • Access to environmental and maker-based resources created by Creative Reuse Educators!

“My students look at all trash as potential treasure now… and have been really inspired by unusual materials.”

“I’m really grateful for this opportunity and would be interested in other education opportunities through PCCR. I feel like this is such an important mission to have and to ingrain into people’s minds very young. I don’t know what impact this will have on these children as they grow but my hope is that by being at ease with reusable materials while they are young it will translate into livelong consideration and conservation. I appreciate the support from PCCR and all of it’s amazing staff!”

“… I found the program enjoyable, informative and valuable. I now have not only some ideas for lessons in my classroom, I have a new philosophy behind my teaching. I really want to instill the mindset of how our actions matter and how we can make a difference by choosing to reuse, not waste and be creative! Not just in art class but in life. Thank you for providing these resources and training to me. It was a wonderful experience and I am looking forward to using them in my classroom and working more with the Center for Creative Reuse!”

Assemble, Auberle, FlowerHouse, La Escuelita Arcoiris, Lauri Ann West Community Center, Oblock Junior High School Plum Borough, PPS Brashear, PPS Dilworth K-5, PPS Fulton PreK-5, PPS Gifted Center, PPS Montessori, PPS Obama Academy 6-12, Western Allegheny Community Library, Woodland Hills Jr./Sr. High School, Shuman Center, Urban Academy of Greater Pittsburgh
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