In-School Professional Development

Are you interested in a workshop led by the experts from the Museum of the City of New York, but can’t come to us? A Museum educator will visit your school and lead a hands-on activity using the Museum’s rich collections of prints, photographs, ephemera, and more!

In-School Professional Development Opportunities

Each session is 90 minutes and includes access to primary and secondary sources, techniques for connecting the materials to the classroom curriculum, and activities that support the Common Core Standards. Each session is $850 for up to 30 teachers.

For more information or to reserve a workshop, please contact EY Zipris at

Who is New York? Mapping Immigration Then and Now 

90 minute session

Use the history of early 20th-century mass immigration as a springboard to discuss immigration today, by examining maps, charts, and census data to learn where immigrant groups come from and where they settled.

Using the Museum's Collection Portal in the Classroom 

90 minute session

Experience the art, artifacts, maps, and photographs available on the Museum’s online Collections Portal. This interactive experience will be arranged according to grade level.

The Grid: Urban Planning in New York City 

90 minute session

Learn about the origins and evolution of Manhattan’s street grid system and how it changed over time. Topics will include an introduction to concepts of city planning, zoning and land use regulations.

How Transportation Shaped The City 

90 minute session

From horse-drawn omnibuses to electric cars, transportation in New York City has undergone many changes from the 1800s to the present day. Use primary resources to create a pictorial timeline of the evolution of transportation in the city.

Rediscovering Jacob Riis 

90 minute session

View the Museum’s collection of Jacob Riis photographs to investigate poverty, mass immigration, and housing in New York City during the Gilded Age. Explore Riis as one of the founding figures of American Progressivism, as well as a pioneering figure in documentary photography and muckraking journalism.

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