People of New York: How Individuals Shape History

When: Monday, February 1, 2021, 5:00pm
Price: $250 per person, 3 P Credits/45 CTLE Hours
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’ lives and those of New Yorkers past and present. 

Developed in alignment with culturally responsive and sustaining education principles (CR-SE), People of New York tells the story of our city through the lens of individuals and communities who mirror New York City students today. This course equips educators with the tools to recognize and affirm their students’ intersectional identities by centering and cultivating students’ experiences and expertise. Educators will leave this course understanding the central role culture plays in education and equipped to bring CR-SE principles to their own teaching practice.  

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, February 1 through Friday, March 5, 2021. The course is broken into modules that each involve both synchronous and asynchronous learning. 

Synchronous ("live") coursework: 20 of the 45 hours of this course will be conducted as online course meetings held via Zoom. The 10 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 February and March on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 5-7pm. Attendance at live sessions is a key component of this course.  

To view a schedule of the online class sessions, please click here

Final timing for synchronous sessions is subject to change.  

Asynchronous coursework: 25 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 spring semester course catalog will open on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Once the ASPDP course catalog opens, educators may register and pay the NYC DOE ASPDP course fee of $125. Registration for this course through ASPDP closes at midnight on Sunday, January 31, 2021. 

Participant Policies

The Museum of the City of New York ("the Museum") offers refunds for its educational partner fee for P Credit courses if a participant requests to withdraw from their registered course at least three (3) business days in advance of the registration deadline for that course. 

Participants must contact ASPDP to receive a refund for the ASPDP course fee. To view the policy for ASPDP course fee refunds, please click here.

If a participant must withdraw from a Museum P Credit course after the first day of the course, the Museum offers participants the value of the course as a credit for future MCNY education programming.  

The Museum follows ASPDP's academic integrity policy for all its P Credit courses. To view ASPDP's academic integrity policy, please click here

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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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