Discover innovative ways to introduce students to the complexities of immigration throughout U.S. history. Walk the city streets, eat your way to cultural understanding, and investigate where the past meets the present as you gain content knowledge and strategies to enrich your classroom. All participants receive curricular materials.
Professional development workshops can include tours of 97 Orchard Street and of our gateway Lower East Side neighborhood. Each workshop is paired with a session exploring ways to incorporate primary sources, multiple perspectives, and narrative in the curriculum, as well as methods to use history to explore contemporary issues. As is true of all the Museum's educational programs, these workshops were developed in keeping with the goals of national and New York State learning standards.
The Museum offers full- and half-day professional development workshops for K-12 teachers. Individuals can register for full-day workshops held throughout the year. The Museum also offers workshops for private groups. Dates and times are flexible. A minimum of 10 educators and a maximum of 30 educators are allowed per workshop. For rates and availability, please contact our group services manager, Harrison Rivers, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tenement Museum's professional development workshops for teachers are made possible, in part, through a generous grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Hearst Foundation.
Learn how to "read" the built environment. Teachers investigate 97 Orchard Street and the Lower East Side neighborhood to uncover its layers of history. Find out how the streets got their names and the mysteries that wallpaper holds during this hands-on architectural study. Discover tools to utilize buildings as educational resources that reveal a community’s history and values.
What does it mean to be American? Participate in living history and "meet" Victoria Confino, a 14- year-old girl who lived in 97 Orchard Street and negotiated her cultural heritage in a foreign land. Explore the ways that immigrants preserve and adapt their traditions, as well as how they transform American culture and what it means to be American.
Explore the connections between immigration, discrimination, and popular culture. Teachers examine the stories of families that encountered ethnic and racial prejudice and consider the history and impact of discrimination on individuals, communities, and the United States. Music and political cartoons highlight the role that popular culture plays in advancing and negating stereotypes.
Learn about industrialization and its impact on immigrant communities. Teachers examine the jobs immigrants often do and consider how the Industrial Revolution impacted employment opportunities and empowered workers to take some control over their livelihood. Investigate the role of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and explore multiple perspectives of this tragedy through primary sources.
What is the American Dream? For immigrant shop owners, it means more than making a profit. It also means providing a needed service to their community. During this new workshop, teachers explore how to use an experience as simple as shopping to teach students about the immigration experience.
Through visits to our newest Tenement Museum exhibit, Shop Life, and a related neighborhood walking tour, we will examine how commerce has changed on Orchard Street from the 1860s to the 21st century. We will also use primary sources and oral history to explore the complex and changing nature of the American dream.
Questions? Email Senior Education Associate Adam Steinberg at email@example.com.
To register, contact Advance Sales Manager Harrison Rivers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration costs $100 per teacher and includes curricular materials. Scholarships are available.
What does it mean to be an American? Who may live among us? How does a society integrate immigrants, and how do immigrants transform societies? How do beliefs about race influence how immigrants are received? In this seminar, we will explore questions like these and consider how immigrants have shaped ideas about freedom and democracy.
We will draw upon an array of Facing History and Tenement Museum materials, including curricular texts, exhibits, film, literature, and historical sources. This seminar will model a variety of interactive teaching strategies to engage diverse students in an examination of history and conversations about difference in own communities today. Participants will receive Tenement Museum and Facing History resources to use in their classrooms.
Due to limited capacity, registration will be granted for this program based on an application review process. Priority will be given to middle school and high school teachers who can implement Facing History in their classrooms. Scholarships are available. Applications may be submitted online here.