During these sessions, educators will explore content about a variety of New York City history topics and learn strategies for effectively using primary and secondary source materials. 

Full-Day Professional Development

Join us for three full-day professional developments focusing on the groundbreaking exhibition Activist New York. These content-rich sessions are led by Museum curators and educators as well as guest speakers from some of New York City’s most prestigious educational organizations. Participants will learn content and teaching techniques to support Common Core learning. Reservations are required.


Immigration Then and Now with CUNY’s American Social History Project

Chancellor’s Day: Thursday, June 5, 2014
9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Focusing on the Activist New York exhibition and the American Social History Project documentary and curriculum Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl: Immigrant Women in the Turn-of-the-Century City, teachers will participate in role-play and “Reader’s Theater” activities that integrate rich historical content and theatrical expression. Educators teaching industrialization, Progressive Era movements, immigration, or labor reform will benefit from learning how to use informational texts in this creative way. $40 per person per day.

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Afterschool Workshops for Educators


2nd Annual Teaching Social Activism Conference: Empowering Teachers and Learners

Opening Keynote: Friday, May 2, 2014
Full day conference: Saturday, May 3, 2014

What does social activism mean to you and your students? Last year, over 200 educators from around the world explored this question at the City Museum’s 1st Annual Teaching Social Activism Conference. Building on last year’s success, the Museum invites educators to present and participate in this year’s conference, centered on how educators teach and encourage interest in social activism in their classrooms. The conference will begin with a keynote address and reception on Friday, May 2nd, leading to a full day of interactive sessions on Saturday, May 3rd. Throughout the day, educators will present best practices in teaching the history of social activism through a series of panel, poster, and workshops hosted at the City Museum. Email pd@mcny.org for more information.