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Professional Development

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. Registration costs $100 for a full-day workshop and $50 for a half-day workshop. To enquire about availability for a workshop, please email<\br>The registration cost for the June 8, 2017 workshop is $10. To register for this workshop, please contact Kenny Prince, Advance Sales Associate, Tuesday-Friday, at 646.518.3066 or at

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.

Workshop Menu

How does commerce shape an immigrant's vision of the American Dream? In this workshop teachers learn about the past and present of shopping on the Lower East Side, from the street peddlers and kosher butcher shops of the 1900s to the discount underwear stores of the 1960s to the variety of stores dotting the neighborhood today. Along the way, teachers discover how the everyday act of buying and selling things is an integral part of the immigrant experience and a key stepping stone to attaining the American Dream.

Cultural Adaptation
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.

Upcoming Teacher Workshops

Debating Past and Present - Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

9:00am - 3:15pm | 103 Orchard Street 

The Tenement Museum helps connect the past to the present. During this workshop, we will explore post-WWII refugees, immigrants, and migrants and connect their stories to those of refugees today. Attendees will meet the Epstein family, refugees from war-torn Germany post-WWII, in our new Under One Roof tour, participate in a deliberative forum and debate historic decisions regarding refugees past, and gain tools for inspiring civic engagement within their students. This is a full-day workshop. Breakfast will be provided. 

The cost is $10 and registration is now open.

Free Teacher Reception

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 4:00 - 6:00 PM 

This is a FREE program. Wine and cheese provided.  

Join us to celebrate the start of a new school year and our new exhibit: Under One Roof. Local teachers will gather at our annual reception where guests will meet and chat with other local teachers, sip and snack on local treats, and explore Your Story, Our Story, a resource for classrooms. Teachers can also sign up for mini preview tours of Under One Roof and hear the stories of former resident Bella Epstein, whose parents survived the Holocaust; Jose and Andy Velez, whose seamstress mother left Puerto Rico for new opportunities; and the Wong siblings, whose mother supported the family by sewing in the Chinatown garment shops. If you are a local teacher, register for this event and help spread the word!

To RVSP contact Julia Mushalko at (646) 518-3041.

Chancellor’s Day Workshop - Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

9:00am - 3:00pm | 103 Orchard Street 

Under One Roof, the Tenement Museum’s newest tour, tells the stories of immigrants and migrants post-WWII. Join the Museum for an in-depth exploration of the new exhibit, learn how our Your Story, Our Story digital exhibition is making the exploration of history more inclusive, and use primary sources to unpack ideas of diversity on the Lower East Side, past and present. This is a full-day workshop and breakfast will be provided. Registration is now open. This workshop is $25. Scholarships available. 

Book a Private Teacher Workshop

The Tenement Museum offers a selection of workshops for teachers that explore a variety of topics. Workshops may be half-day or full-day and include tours of historic 97 Orchard Street and the Lower East Side, activites, and resources. For more information on booking a private workshop for your school or organization, contact Julia Mushalko at or 646.518.3041.