P Credit Course: People of New York

When: Monday, July 6, 2020, 10:00am

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An educator examines a touchscreen that showcases the stories of people from NYC’s past.
Museum of the City of New York/Filip Wolak

About this Course 

This online course draws on the Museum’s groundbreaking exhibitions to examine the past, present, and future of New York through the lives of New Yorkers who have shaped and been shaped by the city they call home.  

Educators will examine how the individual choices of New Yorkers have molded the city we live in, unpack how the urban environment has impacted people both past and present, and discover hidden voices that shine a light on New York’s array of diverse communities and neighborhoods. Through online lesson plan and oral history workshops, discussions, guest lectures, and writing exercises, educators will gain a deeper understanding of the city’s history and find connections between their students’ experiences and those of New Yorkers past and present.

The Museum of the City of New York is a CTLE certified provider. Participation in this program provides 45 hours of CTLE credit and 3 P Credits. 

For registration instructions and information about P Credits through ASPDP, please scroll down to Registration below. 

Course Calendar & Details 

People of New York runs from Monday, July 6, 2020 through Friday, July 31, 2020. The course is broken into modules that each involve both synchronous and asynchronous learning.

Synchronous ("live") coursework: 22 of the 45 hours of this course will be conducted as online course meetings held via Zoom. The 11 sessions will each last two hours. Participants will need an internet-accessible device (laptop, tablet, phone) with audio accessibility to participate. Zoom links for each session will be emailed out to participants in advance of its date. Participants will receive a full syllabus prior to the course start date. 

Synchronous sessions will take place in July on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 10am-12pm. Attendance at live sessions is a key component of this course. Final timing for synchronous sessions is subject to change. 

Click here to see a schedule of the dates and times for the synchronous online sessions.

Asynchronous coursework: 23 of the 45 hours of this course will be conducted as independent work time, with deadlines for course assignments spaced throughout the course. Course assignments will include readings, online activities, and written reflections due before and after each session. Midterms will consist of two 1-2 page written assignments. For their final assignment, participants will create and submit three lesson plans that incorporate their learning from the course.


Registration for People of New York 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 eligible educators receive CTLE credit for the course hours. 

Step 1: Register for People of New York using the blue "Register" button at the top of this page and pay the Museum's course fee of $250. 

Step 2: The ASPDP course catalog is now open. Register for course P140-9305.1M20 - People of New York on the ASPDP Course Catalog and pay the NYC DOE ASPDP course fee of $125. Registration for this course through ASPDP closes at midnight on Sunday, July 5. 


Professional Learning programs are made possible in part by ...a chance… fund, inc. 

The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center is endowed by grants from The Thompson Family Foundation Fund, the F.A.O. Schwarz Family Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Endowment, and other generous donors. 

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