Professional Development Workshops

Discover innovative ways to introduce students to the topics of immigration and migration throughout U.S. history. In our acclaimed workshops for teacher professional development walk the New York city streets, eat your way to cultural understanding, and investigate where the past meets the present as you gain content knowledge and strategies that will enrich your classroom practice.

Professional development workshops can include tours of 97 and 103 Orchard Street and of our Lower East Side neighborhood, a continuing gateway for new immigrants to the United States. Each workshop is paired with a session exploring ways to incorporate primary sources, multiple perspectives, and narrative into your curriculum, as well as methods for exploring contemporary issues through the lens of history. Participants will go home with ready-to-use curricular materials and new inspiration. As is true of all the Museum’s educational programs, these workshops align with the goals of national and New York State learning standards.

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.

Book a Private Teacher Workshop

For groups of educators, the Tenement Museum offers private workshops for groups of 10-30 participants. Dates and times are flexible. Half-day or full-day formats can include tours of historic 97 Orchard Street and the Lower East Side, sample instructional activities, and take-home resources. For more information on booking a private workshop for your school or organization, contact Julia Mushalko, Education Manager for K-12 Programs, at [email protected].

Workshop Topics Include:


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 Educator Events

Annual Open House and Curriculum Launch Party

Thursday, October 24!

We invite local teachers to gather at our annual back to school reception at the Tenement Museum. Join us this year as we unveil brand new immigration and migration curriculum.

Election Day at the Tenement Museum

Tuesday, November 5!

Join the Tenement Museum and WNET for an in-depth exploration of history through media at the Tenement Museum.

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