Join us for the City Museum's Spring 2014 P Credit courses featuring leading historians, engaging gallery tours, and hands-on workshops. Read more below for details about the two courses and then register online at the ASPDP (After School Professional Development Program) site.

General Information

For more information about P Credit Courses, visit ASPDP's website here.
For more information about Professional Development at the Museum of the City of New York, contact EY Zipris at ezipris@mcny.org.

Course Dates:

Monday, February 17, 2014 - Saturday, February 22, 2014

Course Payment Details:

Step 1: Payment by credit card of a non-refundable $125 ASPDP course fee must be paid at the time of registration. Once payment has been made the participants will receive an e-mail confirmation from ASPDP.

Step 2: Payment of the $200 Educational Partner fee may be paid online.
Pre-pay for Course 1 (From Mannahatta to Manhattan: Learning New York City In-Depth) here.
Pre-pay for Course 2 (Activist New York! Staging the History of Social Activism) here.

Please note that registration and payment on the ASPDP website are required first in order to receive P credit. Participants can pay the Educational Partner fee online or by check or money order on the first day of class. Make checks and money orders payable to Museum of the City of New York.

Course Information

Course 1: From Mannahatta to Manhattan: Learning New York City History In-Depth

Bring New York City's unique history of to life through exhibitions, artifacts, primary sources, and dialogue! From Mannahatta to Manhattan: Learning New York City History In-Depth provides a survey of the city's history through the collections and exhibitions of the Museum of the City of New York, historian lectures, walking tours, and hands-on workshops. The emphasis of the course is on providing teachers with content knowledge and pedagogic tools to engage their students in the study of their own city. The course spans topics such as Mannahatta (a Lenape settlement), Dutch New Amsterdam, immigration, the evolution of transportation, urban planning and social activism. During each session, participants will use the Museum’s collections of primary sources as a vehicle for developing techniques to enhance students’ observational skills and improve their descriptive language and expository writing while making personal connections to the past. Drawing from the Danielson Rubric and the Common Core State Standards, participants will learn strategies such as interpreting information presented visually, orally or quantitatively (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7), and use them to enhance language while understanding and remembering history. Participants will learn strategies for designing their own Museum lessons, create pre- and post-visit activities based on the Museum’s exhibitions, and discover ways of utilizing the Museum resources. Participants will also receive regular feedback from the facilitator and their peers as they hone their lesson plans (Danielson.4E). At the conclusion of the institute, each participant will have created three lesson plans and will leave with a handbook of original activities created by their peers.

Pass / fail for each participant will be determined by the following:
Midterm= 20%, Final = 30%, Daily Responses = 30%, and Participation = 20%.

Course Begins: Monday, February 17, 2014      Course Ends: Saturday, February 22, 2014

Total Hours: 36        P Credits: 3 credits

Cost: ASPDP Non-Refundable Course Fee: $125
Museum of the City of New York Fee: $200.00 Total: $325.00


Course 2: Activist New York! Staging the History of Social Activism in the Classroom

Activist New York! Staging the History of Social Activism in the Classroom explores the drama of social activism in New York City from the 17th century right up to the present. The course will investigate the history of social movements in New York City through the lens of the Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition Activist New York, which uses artifacts, photographs, political cartoons and film footage to document centuries of agitation by ordinary New Yorkers who advocated and mobilized to secure their rights. Educators will spend six days immersed in stimulating discussions, interactive activities and hands-on lessons with primary sources from the Museum’s rich collection. The content of this program will cover topics such as religious intolerance, slavery and abolition, immigration, fair labor practices, suffrage, the enforcement of civil rights, and controversies over development projects. By participating in the course, grade 4-12 educators will learn how to teach the study of social activism from multiple viewpoints, examining opposing sides of complex debates and charting the diverse perspectives that existed within activist movements. Each morning of the six-day course will be devoted to content and primary source investigation. The group will begin with a gallery tour of several “case studies” featured in the exhibition, and will move into “document inquiries” by focusing on a range of primary sources/informational texts (both visual and written) that can be used in the classroom. During the afternoon workshops (“Staging History”), participants will create theatrical responses to the content and primary sources introduced. In each afternoon workshop participants will learn and practice a theatrical technique that educators will utilize to bring primary resources/informational texts to life. This integration of theatrical expression and curriculum content will support teachers as they work toward aligning curriculum and instructional priorities with Common Core State Standards by focusing on using informational texts and documents in creative and unique ways (i.e. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1 & RI.4.3). The structure of the course will adhere to the Danielson rubric and will help teachers skillfully use resources to design assessments that monitor learning, and promote high-level discussions and active involvement from the students.

Pass / fail for each participant will be determined by the following:
Midterm= 20%, Final = 30%, Daily Responses = 30%, and Participation = 20%.

Course Begins: Monday, February 17, 2014      Course Ends: Saturday, February 22, 2014

Total Hours: 36        P Credits: 3 credits

Cost: ASPDP Non-Refundable Course Fee: $125
Museum of the City of New York Fee: $200.00 Total: $325.00