Summer 2018 P Credit Course: New York at Its Core

When: July 30, 9:00am – August 4, 4:00pm
Price: $200 course fee
View of the World City gallery at the Museum of the City of New York.
Gallery View: World City, 1898-2012. Museum of the City of New York.

Course Information

New York at Its Core: Examining Our City’s Past, Present, and Future

Monday, July 30, 2018, through Saturday, August 4, 2018, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm each day

Course Credits:

  • 3 P Credits (with ASPDP registration)
  • 36 course hours / 36 CTLE hours
  • The Museum of the City of New York is a CTLE certified provider

Course Description

This 6-day course for educators explores the Essential Questions: 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 learn how to 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 provides participants with 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 and through participation in exhibition tours, hands-on workshops, and discussions with curators, participants will learn New York City history, practice and design inquiry-based engagement techniques that can be directly integrated into their classrooms, and come away with a newfound appreciation for their city.

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 and scholars 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. Participants will discover how and why the Museum 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 and guide participants through classroom exercises that bring history to life for students. They will also demonstrate how the strategy of “peopling” history with historical figures and hidden voices can help students understand the effects both change makers and everyday New Yorkers have on the city, allowing them to envision how they too can shape the future. Finally, scholars will discuss best practices for undertaking historical inquiry and participants will do so through a variety of methodologies, including mapping, data visualization, primary source reading, 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. These lessons will be created during the course week and will be instructor- and peer-reviewed.

Full syllabus available on the ASPDP Course Catalog beginning June 4, 2018.

The Museum is CTLE certified. Participation in this program provides 36 hours of CTLE credit. Eligible participants who register with ASPDP and complete the course requirements also receive 3 P Credits.


Registration for New York at Its Core: Examining Our City’s Past, Present, and Future is a two-step process for those taking the course for P Credit credit.

Step 1: Register for NEW YORK AT ITS CORE using the blue "Register" button at the top of this page and pay the Museum's course fee of $200.
Step 2: Beginning June 4, 2018, register for Course P140-0096.1M18 on the ASPDP Course Catalog and pay the NYC DOE ASPDP Course Fee of $125.

Important! The ASPDP registration deadline is midnight on July 29, 2018. Participants who do not register by the deadline will not be eligible 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 may receive CTLE credit for the course hours.

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 the DOE website.

Questions? Call us at 917.492.3492 or email

$200 course fee

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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