2019 Teaching Social Activism Conference: Building Tomorrow

When: Sunday, May 19, 8:30am – 3:30pm
Price: Free. Registration required.
Educators standing in a circle, fists raised, participating in a workshop at the 2018 teaching social activism conference.
2018 Teaching Social Activism Conference. Photo Credit: Lauraberth Lima

2019 Teaching Social Activism Conference

Theme: Building Tomorrow

Sunday, May 19, 2019
9:00 am – 3:30 pm

What strategies can we use to teach about the past, increase awareness of current community and individual needs, and support our students as they use this information to envision the world they want to create? In this free, full-day conference, join educators, youth, and activists to explore the steps we can take today to build equitable futures tomorrow.

Conference registration is now open! Use the blue "Register" button above to secure your seat.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Museum of the City of New York for this exciting day made possible by The Puffin Foundation Ltd.


Deadlines and Save the Dates:

  • Monday, February 25, 2019 – Session proposals due
  • March 1, 2019 – Conference registration opens
  • March 2019 – Presenters will be notified of proposal acceptance
  • May 19, 2019 – 2019 Annual Teaching Social Activism Conference


Submit a Proposal

The session proposal period is now closed. The application deadline was Monday, February 25, 2019.

All educators, youth, community groups, and activists are invited to submit proposals to present a session at the conference.

Sessions must relate to the theme “Building Tomorrow.” Sessions are 50 minutes long and may be in workshop, panel, or presentation form. Hands-on components and/or skill sharing are strongly encouraged. Educators are welcome to share projects and examples from their classrooms, and youth presenters and co-presenters are encouraged.

Click on "Submit Proposal" to see full session proposal guidelines. Presenters will be notified of acceptance in March 2019.

Submit Proposal

Teacher Advisory Group

Each year a group of educators reviews submissions and suggests ideas for sessions and activities. This year's group is now complete. Interested in joining or learning more about our teacher advisory group for future conferences? Email pd@mcny.org to learn more.

About the Teaching Social Activism Conference

The Teaching Social Activism Conference is an annual event at the Museum of the City of New York. Inspired by the content of the Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition,Activist New York, this day highlights the best practices for teaching this important subject to students of all ages. Join educators, youth, and scholars for this free, full day of engaging conversations, thought-provoking sessions, and gallery tours exploring the various tools and techniques used to engage students and communities in the history and practice of social change.


The Museum is CTLE certified. Participation in the full day of this program provides 5 hours of CTLE credit. CTLE forms will be distributed at the conclusion of the day.


Questions? Reach out to pd@mcny.org.


Free. Seats are limited. Registration is now open.

The Puffin Foundation

Education programs in conjunction with Activist New York are made possible by The Puffin Foundation Ltd.

Activist New York is the inaugural exhibition in The Puffin Foundation Gallery, which is dedicated to the ways in which ordinary New Yorkers have exercised their power to shape the city's and the nation's future.

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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