During these full-day and afterschool 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.

Registration for all programs is now open. Reservations are first-come, first-served. For more information, please call 917.492.3492 or email pd@mcny.org.

The Museum of the City of New York is a New York City Department of Education vendor (vendor number MUS015).

Full-Day and Afterschool Professional Development

Join us for 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.

P Credit: For more information about our P Credit offerings, please click here.

Native New York: American Indians and Early New Amsterdam
A Two Session In-Depth Learning Opportunity with the National Museum of the American Indian and the City Museum

Saturday, October 24 (City Museum) and Sunday, October 25 (NMAI), 2015, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Teachers will become conversant in elements of the art and culture of Native Americans, discover how the geography and natural environs of Mannahatta in the 1600s impacted the city's growth and population, and compare and contrast the natural landscape and ecology of Mannahatta in 1609 to the island of Manhattan today. Educators will leave with resources to use in the classroom. These programs are made possible by a generous grant from the Netherlands Consulate General in New York.

$150 per person for the two-day series


Biographies of Early New Yorkers: Four Session Afterschool Series

Tuesdays, October 6, 20, November 10, 17, 2015, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Discover the history of New York through the eyes of women, from landowner Annetje Jans of New Amsterdam to reformer Emma Goldman of 18th century New York. Then, learn about immigrants such as Jan Rodriguez, the first recorded individual of non-Native American ancestry to reside in New York, and Marm Mandelbaum, German Jewish immigrant and member of the criminal underworld. Finally, explore the city's history through the animals that lived here, such as oysters, beavers, pigs, and horses, to understand the evolution of the natural landscape, how innovation in transportation changed the face of the city, and New York's transformation from a rural to an urban environment. The series also includes a walking tour of downtown New York, putting all of this history "in its place".

October 6, 2015, 4:30 - 7:00 pm - Lecture and Discussion: Women of Early New York
October 20, 2015, 4:30 - 7:00 pm - Lecture and Discussion: Immigrants of Early New York
November 10, 2015, 4:30 - 7:00 pm - Walking Tour: Putting History in its Place
November 17, 2015, 4:30 - 7:00 pm - Lecture and Discussion: Animals of Early New York

$150 per person for all four sessions


Election Day PD: Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York's "Other Half"

Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

View the first major retrospective of Jacob Riis’s photographic work in the U.S. in over fifty years and rediscover the work of this pioneering newspaper reporter and social reformer in New York at the turn of the 20th century. See the photographs, handwritten journals, and personal correspondences that spurred legislation, new organizations that addressed housing conditions, and more. Educators will participate in a guided tour of the exhibition, view an illustrated lecture of Riis’ images, and engage in a hands-on workshop featuring a variety of resources. Major support for Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Half and its related education programming is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

$80 per person


Life in New Amsterdam

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

Celebrate the release of the newly published Life in New Amsterdam Educator Resource Guide with a first look at the materials and the opportunity to hear from the scholars who made it happen. The resource guide features lesson plans and recently digitized material from the City Museum’s collection as well as seven original scholarly essays on topics such as trade, family life, Native American history, the enslaved of New Amsterdam, and more. Scholar Dennis Maika and New York State Archives’ Julie Daniels will lead hands-on presentations. Educators will receive the resource guide containing original scholarly material, lesson plans, and more. These materials are made possible by a generous grant from the Netherlands Consulate General in New York.

$80 per person