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    P Credit Courses

    Join us for the Museum of the City of New York's courses for educators, featuring leading historians, engaging gallery tours, and hands-on workshops.

    These “P” in-service courses are offered as part of the Department of Education's After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP). Our courses are open to all educators and may be taken for or without "P" in-service credits. 

    Upcoming Courses

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

    • 3 P Credits, 6 Day Course
    • Monday, July 31 - Saturday, August 5, 2017
    • Supported by the Museum’s groundbreaking new exhibition, New York at Its Core, this course will provide participants with a deep 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.
    • See full description and registration info below

    Rhythm & Power: Dance, Immigration, and Community Action in NYC History

    • 3 P Credits, 6 Day Course
    • Monday, August 7 - Saturday, August 12, 2017
    • Get energized and have fun this summer as you learn about the history of New York City’s diverse population and rich immigrant cultures through the lens of dance in this course that focuses on the history and development of salsa, swing, hip hop, and bachata. Experience and practice multiple engagement strategies and write lessons that engage your students through music, dance, cultural studies, and history. Suitable for educators of all grades and subjects and requiring no prior dance experience, this course is inspired by the Museum of the City of New York’s newest exhibition, Rhythm and Power: Salsa in New York (exhibition open June 14 - November 26, 2017).
    • See full description and registration info below

    Capturing the City through the Camera: Documenting New York's History

    • 3 P Credits, 6 Day Course
    • Monday, August 14 - Saturday, August 19, 2017
    • Back for the third year in a row, in this popular course participants learn how to use the camera to capture their personal relationship to New York City while exploring the history behind some of the city’s most iconic structures and places through field trips, archival material, and readings. Capturing the City through Camera will expose educators to a blend of history, urban observation, and the art and practice of photography.  Participants will learn about a variety of photographic techniques and processes, including point-of-view, cyanotype prints, and portraiture, will explore the Museum’s collections via exhibitions and behind-the-scenes archive and digital lab tours, and will study important photographers such as Jacob Riis, Berenice Abbott, and Stanley Kubrick.
    • See full description and registration info below

    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 their website.

    Course Information and Registration

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

    3 P Credits

    Monday, July 31 - Saturday, August 5, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    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 they can 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 new exhibition, New York at Its Core, this course will provide participants with a deep 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, participants will learn, practice, and design inquiry-based engagement techniques for student-centered learning that can be directly integrated into their classrooms. 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 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 - and discuss how they 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 (such as Visual Thinking Strategies and “I See, I Think, I Wonder”) and will guide participants through classroom exercises that bring history to life for students. They will also demonstrate how the strategy of “peopling” history with active characters can help students understand the effects of both change makers and everyday New Yorkers on the city and allow them to envision how they too can shape the future. Finally, scholars will present current historical analysis and discuss best practices for undertaking historical inquiry and critically examining data through mapping, data visualization, 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. The course meets daily, Monday, July 31 through Saturday, August 5, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Course Instructors: EY Zipris and Joanna Steinberg.

    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 credit. Educators interested in taking this course not for P Credit are welcome to do so and only need to complete Step 2.

    Step 1: Register for the course on the ASPDP Course Catalog here and pay the NYC DOE ASPDP Course Fee of $125. The ASPDP Course Catalog will open May 30, 2017.
    Step 2: Register for NEW YORK AT ITS CORE here and pay the Museum's course fee of $175.

     

    Rhythm & Power: Dance, Immigration, and Community Action in NYC History

    3 P Credits

    Monday, August 7 - Saturday, August 12, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Get energized and have fun this summer as you learn about the history of New York City’s diverse population and rich immigrant cultures through the lens of dance. Experience and practice multiple engagement strategies and write lessons that engage your students through music, dance, cultural studies, and history. Suitable for educators of all grades – and requiring no prior dance experience (or ability!) – this course is inspired by the Museum of the City of New York’s newest exhibition, Rhythm & Power: Salsa in New York (open June 14 - November 26, 2017). Learn about salsa’s often-overlooked ties to activism in the city; how swing challenged racial segregation during the Harlem Renaissance; how hip hop was born on the streets of New York City in the 1970s and grew to have a global impact on music, dance, and fashion; and how bachata is bringing new beats to New York alongside immigrants from the Dominican Republic - currently the city’s largest immigrant group. Throughout, find connections between dance and the power of communities to enact change and shape their own identities, and leave with resources and strategies to bring these stories into your classroom. Each day of the course will use a different dance and musical style as an entry point for examining a case study of 20th century immigration and community development in New York City. Focusing on salsa, swing, hip hop, and bachata, participants will gain a deep appreciation of these musical styles and the rich cultures from which they are born. Dance instructors – themselves with engaging stories to tell of their communities – will connect participants directly to the art form. Simultaneously, participants will examine how New York as a place of density, diversity, money, and creativity – key themes in the Museum’s collection and exhibitions – has influenced the development of each dance. Scholars, curators, and museum educators will lead engaging talks, tours, and workshops that illuminate New York’s role as a place of cultural fusion, artistry, and skilled marketing. Participants will leave with new ways to engage their students, a set of lesson plans they’ve written for their classroom, and a new appreciation for their city and the many communities it holds. The course meets daily, Monday, August 7 through Saturday, August 12, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Course Instructor: Maeve Montalvo.

    Registration for Rhythm & Power: Dance, Immigration, and Community Action in NYC History is a two-step process for those taking the course for credit. Educators interested in taking this course not for P Credit are welcome to do so and only need to complete Step 2.

    Step 1: Register for the course on the ASPDP Course Catalog here and pay the NYC DOE ASPDP Course Fee of $125. The ASPDP Course Catalog will open May 30, 2017.
    Step 2: Register for RHYTHM & POWER here and pay the Museum's course fee of $175.

    Capturing the City Through the Camera: Documenting New York's History

    3 P Credits

    Monday, August 14 - Saturday, August 19, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    In this dynamic six session program, participants will learn how to use the camera to capture their personal relationship to New York City while learning the history behind some of the city’s most iconic structures and places. Capturing the City through Camera will expose educators to a blend of history, urban observation, and the art and practice of photography. Participants will learn about a variety of photographic techniques and processes, including point-of-view, cyanotype prints, and portraiture. Throughout the course, educators will view and discuss photographs both from the Museum’s collection and those taken by course participants. Educators will hone their skills through observation and discussion, enriching and improving their own work each week. At the end of the course, these educators will curate their best photographs and combine them with photographs from the Museum’s collection to form their final projects. Each participant will have the opportunity to explore the Museum’s collections via exhibitions and behind-the-scenes archive and digital lab tours and will gain experience using digital cameras to develop their compositional skills considering the lighting, framing, perspective, and tone of the images they produce. In addition to photographing the major components of the city, such as buildings, parks, landmarks, and people, participants will study important photographers such as Jacob Riis, Berenice Abbott, and Stanley Kubrick. Each session will focus on one of these subjects and will incorporate a viewing of important works from the Museum’s renowned photography collection, lively discussions, guest visits from curators, neighborhood field trips with exciting photographic projects, and sharing sessions to present participant work. Highlights from the Museum’s collection will illustrate how photographers use their craft as an outlet for personal expression and to describe their relationship to the city. Participants will set personal goals for what types of photographs they hope to take throughout the course. The course will support the Danielson Framework by inviting participants to create and adhere to specific goals for the course, and supports the Common Core State Standards by practicing text analysis via the historical photographs educators will encounter daily. The course meets daily, Monday, August 14 through Saturday, August 19, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm each day. Course Instructor: Maggie Bordonaro.

    Registration for Capturing the City Through the Camera: Documenting New York's History is a two-step process for those taking the course for credit. Educators interested in taking this course not for P Credit are welcome to do so and only need to complete Step 2.

    Step 1: Register for the course on the ASPDP Course Catalog here and pay the NYC DOE ASPDP Course Fee of $125. The ASPDP Course Catalog will open May 30, 2017.
    Step 2:Register for CAPTURING THE CITY THROUGH THE CAMERA here and pay the Museum's course fee of $250.

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