During these full-day sessions, educators will explore content about a variety of New York City history topics and learn strategies for effectively using primary and secondary source materials. 

The offerings support teachers as they work towards aligning curriculum and instructional priorities with Common Core State Standards. 

Reservations are required. For more information, please call 917.492.3492 or email pd@mcny.org.

Full-Day Professional Development

Join us for full-day professional development opportunities that make use of the City Museum's wealth of resources and outstanding exhibitions. These content-rich sessions are led by Museum curators and educators as well as guest speakers from some of New York City’s most prestigious educational organizations. Participants will learn content and teaching techniques to support Common Core learning.

New! P Credit: Many of these workshops are available as P Credit options. Click here for more information.

Reservations are required. For more information, please call 917.492.3492 or email pd@mcny.org.


Archaeology in New York

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join archaeologists and historians Dr. Diana DiZerega Wall and Dr. Ann-Marie Cantwell for an overview of archaeological sites in New York City that have yielded historical treasures and important information. Following the lecture, you will participate in a hands-on opportunity to touch, smell, and feel objects from 19th Century Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

$60 per person.
To register for this course as part of our Two Full-Day Workshops for 1 P Credit option, please email pd@mcny.org.

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Letters to Afar: Full-Day Workshop with Facing History and Ourselves

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

What does it mean to be an American? What are the unique challenges immigrants face as they balance a relationship with their homeland and the realities of living in the United States? Join Museum staff and Facing History and Ourselves to explore these questions while considering the historical and contemporary issues relating to immigration and identity in the United States. After exploring the exhibition Letters to Afar: By Péter Forgács, music by the Klezmatics, consider what it means to "belong" in a society and how identities change in an increasingly interconnected world.

$60 per person.
This course is also available as part of our Two Full-Day Workshops for 1 P Credit option.

To register and for more information, please email pd@mcny.org.

The Ashcan School in New York

Saturday, January 17, 2015, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm or
Friday, April 17, 2015, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join historian Dr. Robert W. Snyder for an intimate exploration of the Ashcan School. Using prints created by John Sloane and his contemporaries, you’ll develop an understanding of urban life during the progressive era as you develop tools to teach the history of late 19th and early 20th Century New York using these important works of art. Offered in partnership with the Department of Arts Education at the New York City Department of Education.

$60 per person.
This course is also available as part of our Two Full-Day Workshops for 1 P Credit option.

To register and for more information, please email pd@mcny.org.

Urban Appetites: Food and Culture in 19th Century New York

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join Professor Cindy Lobel, author of the book Urban Appetites: Food and Culture in Nineteenth Century New York, for an illustrated lecture on historic public markets, private food shops, restaurants, ice cream parlors, oyster cellars, and private dining rooms. Afterwards, you’ll be ready to whet your students’ appetites for history with fun stories and exciting primary sources to bring the 19th century to life. You’ll also leave with a signed copy of Dr. Lobel’s book.

$60 per person.
This course is also available as part of our Two Full-Day Workshops for 1 P Credit option.

To register and for more information, please email pd@mcny.org.

Cityscapes: Teaching New York History Through Art

Friday, March 20, 2015, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

View the Museum’s installation of paintings that document New York’s transformation into a modern metropolis from the 1830s to the eve of World War I. Led by Karen Rosner, Visual Arts Coordinator at the Department of Education, discover how to use works of art in the social studies classroom and introduce historical content into the art studio. Afterwards, explore 19th century New York City history through the paintings from the Museum’s extraordinary collection such as Childe Hassam’s Rainy Late Afternoon, Union Square, 1890.

$60 per person.
This course is also available as part of our Two Full-Day Workshops for 1 P Credit option.

To register and for more information, please email pd@mcny.org.

Saving Place: Engaging Students with New York City Landmarks

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm or
Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join leading historians and museum educators for a day dedicated to celebrating the 50th anniversary of New York’s pioneering Landmarks Law. Learn about the people and processes involved in landmarks designation; explore the roles of community activists, policy makers, owners, developers, and architects; and examine the beauty and power of New York City’s architectural heritage. You’ll return to your classroom with a timeline of events leading up to and following the passage of the Landmarks Law, suggestions of sites to visit with students, and contextual information about New York City during the 1960s. Offered in partnership with the Department of Arts Education at the New York City Department of Education.

$60 per person.
This course is also available as part of our Two Full-Day Workshops for 1 P Credit option.

To register and for more information, please email pd@mcny.org.

Activist New York: Engaging Students with the City Museum and Facing History and Ourselves

Chancellor’s Day: Thursday, June 4, 2015, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Explore primary sources and pedagogical strategies with Facing History and Ourselves, a leader in the field of history, civics, and social-emotional education. Focusing on the content of the Activist New York exhibition, learn ideas, methods, and tools that support the creation of a more informed and thoughtful classroom community. Participants will explore the Activist New York exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York and will leave with materials to use in the classroom.

$60 per person.

To register and for more information, please email pd@mcny.org.

Five Boroughs Workshops


Reading, Writing, and Documenting the Five Boroughs: Two-Day Series

Saturdays, February 28 and March 7, 2015, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

$150 per person.
1 P Credit Option: $120 educational partner fee and $45 ASPDP fee

To register and for more information, please email pd@mcny.org.

What makes each borough unique? How does the history of each shape the city we live in today? In conjunction with the Museum’s photography exhibition Assembled Realities: Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao's New York, and in partnership with the Urban Memory Project, discover the distinctive characteristics of the boroughs through reading, writing, and discussion techniques while interacting with primary and secondary sources from the Museum’s collection.

Program Details

Queens: Explore historic Queens through photographs documenting its agricultural roots and its residential and neighborhood histories, and create an interactive timeline of the borough.

Bronx: Practice close readings of images and texts, interview a long-time Bronx community resident, and interview your colleagues to learn how to document oral histories.

Brooklyn: Use authentic 19th century artifacts found in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to examine the daily lives of Brooklynites before consolidation. Then, engage in small and large group discussions while addressing current local issues in Brooklyn.

Manhattan: Discover the physical and demographic changes in East Harlem through close examination of maps and census records from the early to mid-1900s.

Staten Island: Visit the Museum’s archives to examine maps, prints, and photographs of Staten Island. Create a personal narrative based on the documents and sources.

All sessions takes place at the Museum of the City of New York.