May 3, 2014

How does teaching social activism in the classroom prepare students to be active citizens in their communities, the city, and beyond?

On Saturday, May 3, 2014, the Museum of the City of New York will host the 2nd Annual Teaching Social Activism in the Classroom Conference. Educators are invited to present and participate in this two-day conference, which will highlight the various tools and techniques used by teachers to engage their students in the history and practice of social change, inspired by the content of the Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition, Activist New York. Educators, activists, and historians will present their work to one another and will discuss the best practices for teaching this important subject to students of all ages.

The deadline for session application submission is now closed.
The deadline for conference registration is April 25, 2014.
For more information on submissions or registration, please contact EY Zipris at ezipris@mcny.org.


Saturday, May 3, 2014 - All day

  • Panel Discussions and Presentations

Attending the Conference

Registration will begin February 1, 2014, and will close one week prior to the conference on April 25, 2014.
Note: Registrants may bring student participants. Student-appropriate workshops and/or panels will be indicated as such on the conference agenda.

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Presenting at the Conference

We are no longer accepting applications.

The Museum requests proposals for sessions based on this year’s conference theme, Empowering Teachers and Learners. Panels and interactive workshops are encouraged. Applicants must indicate the sub-theme that best relates to their session and submit a session description, a session overview, and learning outcomes. Please reference any pertinent primary and secondary sources used in your session and how they support the Common Core Standards.

Conference sub-themes:

  • Reforming Educational Systems – Consider the connection between social activism and the classroom. How does social activism impact pedagogy?
  • Empathy and Acceptance – How does social activism function as a tool to teach empathy and acceptance?
  • Clicktivism: Social Media and Social Activism – What is the relationship between activism and social media? How does technology empower social activists?
  • Innovative Strategies for Teaching Historical Examples of Social Activism
  • Community Works: Making Dissent Visible in Your Community – How can educators and students engage their communities through social activism?