Join us for the Museum of the City of New York's courses for educators, featuring leading historians, engaging gallery tours, and hands-on workshops.
These “P” in-service courses are offered as part of the Department of Education's After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP). Our courses are open to all educators and may be taken for or without "P" in-service credits.
The Museum of the City of New York is a CTLE certified provider.
Winter 2018 Course
New York at Its Core
Supported by the Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition, New York at Its Core, this course will provide teachers with a deep historical understanding of change over time in New York City – examining its rise from a striving Dutch village to a preeminent global city now facing the future in a changing world.
- 3 P Credits, 6 Day Course, 36 CTLE Hours
- Monday, February 19 through Saturday, February 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. each day
- This course is currently pending approval through the ASPDP. The spring P Credit calendar will open on January 9, 2018.
- See full description and registration info below
About P Credit Courses
The Museum of the City of New York offers Professional Credit (P Credit) Courses throughout the year. These courses are open to all educators, including educators not eligible for credits through the New York City Department of Education.
P Credit in-service courses are offered in conjunction with the New York City Department of Education’s After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP) and can be applied towards teachers' 30+ salary differential. ASPDP courses may also be used by teachers and paraprofessionals toward the NYS 175 hours of Professional Development requirement, as long as their principal approves. For more information on DOE salary differentials, please visit their website.
Course Information and Registration
February Break Course: New York at Its Core
3 P Credits; $175 Educational Partner Fee (+ $125 ASPDP Fee)
Monday, February 19 through Saturday, February 24, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day
What makes New York, New York? How can our students engage with the history of our city and understand how its past shapes our present? How can they evaluate and apply data about NYC today to solve challenges we face in our future?
Run by the Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center at the Museum of the City of New York and supported by the Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition, New York at Its Core, this course will provide teachers with a deep historical understanding of change over time in New York City – examining its rise from a striving Dutch village to a preeminent global city now facing the future in a changing world.
Using the story of New York City as a lens, educators will learn, practice, and design inquiry-based engagement techniques for student-centered learning that can be directly integrated into their classrooms. Experts in the field will engage participants with the history, art, and culture of New York City through a variety of learning activities, deepening participants’ understanding of NYC’s development while modeling and discussing best practices for historical inquiry, research, and presentation.
Museum curators will provide guided tours of the three galleries of New York at Its Core - Port City, 1609-1898; World City 1898-2012, and Future City Lab - and discuss how they developed four foci – Density, Diversity, Money, and Creativity – as a way to help tie together disparate histories and allow for ease of understanding. Museum educators will lead and help participants practice visual inquiry exercises (such as Visual Thinking Strategies and “I See, I Think, I Wonder”), and will guide participants through classroom exercises that bring history to life for students. They will also demonstrate how the strategy of “peopling” history with active characters can help students understand the effects of both change makers and everyday New Yorkers on the city and allow them to envision how they too can shape the future. Finally, scholars will present current historical analysis and discuss best practices for undertaking historical inquiry and critically examining data through mapping, data visualization, and digital games.
Course participants will practice designing coherent instruction by putting their new content knowledge, research skills, and pedagogical strategies to use through the creation of three lesson plans for their classroom. Peer workshops will allow participants to hone their lesson activities and strengthen their lesson design.
This program is supported by The Thompson Family Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Additional support is provided by The Netherland-American Foundation.
Registration for New York at Its Core is a two-step process for those taking the course for P Credit. Educators interested in taking this course not for P Credit are welcome to do so and only need to complete Step 1. All teachers receive CTLE credit for the course hours.
Step 1: Register for NEW YORK AT ITS CORE here and pay the $175 course fee.
Step 2: Pending course approval, register for the course on the ASPDP Course Catalog here and pay the NYC DOE ASPDP Course Fee of $125.
Registration for this program closes on Friday, February 16, 2018, or when course is full.