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Museums and schools are natural partners as they combine the classroom experience with the world of real objects. The major link between schools and our Museum is, you – the classroom teacher. We invite you to learn about our programs, workshops, and special events. Together we can expose your students to the “magic” of the Museum and engage them in the experience that has potential of becoming pivotal in a child’s lifelong learning.
We offer professional development for teachers that focuses on learning methods and enrichment activities which support and enhance school curricula. Meet, brainstorm, and work collaboratively with fellow educators! 


Special Museum membership for teachers is available. Please contact Membership Office at 215-923-3811 x106 or 
Please check back soon for the updated schedule. If interested in a specific workshop please contact us at or call Vera DaVinci at 215-923-3811 x 118

Credit bearing teacher professional development opportunity: Using Community resources to enhance classroom learning

Museum Lesson: Unique Promise and Imperfect Freedom: America’s History of Religious and Racial Tolerance
A graduate course in partnership between The Penn Literacy Network and National Museum of American Jewish History
Wednesday, June 25 - Friday, June 27- 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
Sunday, October 26, 2014 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
Class Museum Visit prior to June 2015 (Included in course fee)

This course focuses on active engagement with the Museum’s living text, learning to understand and navigate living text, and making connections to the history of the ongoing struggle for freedom in America as it relates to religion, ethnicity, and race from pre-colonial settlements to present day.
Course Fee: $100 per person (Pays for required Museum visit)
Credit: 1.5 graduate level continuing education credits
For further information and registration form click here


Teachers will explore our “Coming to America” module that supports and enhances middle years social studies and language arts curriculum. “Coming to America” immerses students in the life of the American immigrant at the turn of the 20th Century, using selected exhibits and historical artifacts which trace the journey of a real immigrant child. Through hands-on interactivity, the unit offers studying information, exploring artifacts, engaging in interactive activities, investigating primary source materials and sharing stories with Museum educators and each other. Coming to America addresses content beyond history and has direct connects to the areas of literacy and math.


Presented jointly with the National Archives at Philadelphia Teachers will learn inquiry and application strategies to effectively use primary documents with students as they uncover and interpret information about a person or event. They will become acquainted with current educational programs offered by NMAJH and learn about resources for teachers in Philadelphia’s cultural institutions.


Presented jointly with Shoah Foundation IWitness program This workshop will introduce teachers to the IWitness Program’s mission and give them a general overview of the functionality of the IWitness website with an emphasis on types of activities and ways to use them. We will explore the connection points between the Museum’s core exhibition and the IWitness materials and discuss a number of practical ideas for object-based learning and the advantages of using personal testimony in the curriculum.


This workshop introduces the Museum’s Cross Curricular Module Unique Promise and Imperfect Freedom: America’s History of Racial Tolerance. This unit explores stories of the American Jews as they fought discrimination and won victories in the name of tolerance and acceptance from the Colonial period through present day. It helps to engage students with America’s enduring legacies and ongoing struggles with religious, ethnic, and racial freedom.


As the early learning becomes a national priority, the Museum invites preschool educators and providers to join the efforts to ensure that more children and parents can tap into the learning resources of the Museum. Explore our preschool programs and learn about the Museum’s capacity to provide an extensive and diverse informal learning environment! Discover how NMAJH can help you introduce your students with history and culture, and enhance their cognitive and emotional development Strike up a conversation, and come away with useful knowledge and helpful tips for a field trip.


Introduction and discussion of the ways NMAJH may enhance school curricula that focus on Jewish Identity, Jewish Values, the Hebrew Language and Jewish Living and encourage students to make personal connections to American and Jewish History.


New events are added regularly, come back soon!

Nmajh Honors Active and retired educators

Wednesday, October 22 from 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm
Active and Retired teachers!  We welcome you to attend this special event with a visit to our groundbreaking exhibition, Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American. Participate in an informal talk and Q & A on the Negro Baseball Leagues led by Melvin Garrison, retired content specialist for Second and African American History for the School District of Philadelphia, and enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres while you chat with old and new friends. And don't leave without learning about the educational and public programs offered for the upcoming year at the Museum! We hope you can join us.

To RSVP for this event please contact Vera DaVinci at or 215.923.3811 ext. 118. 



The following resources offer more information about American Jewish history to assist you with your pre-visit and post-visit activities, as well as general lesson planning:

 American Jewish History:

 The Institute for Curriculum Services: National Resource Center for Accurate Jewish Content in Schools


 Ellis Island Immigration Museum

 Bright Hub Education. Coming to America: A Fifth Grade Unit on Immigration

 Emma Lazarus:

 Emma Lazarus: Poet of Exiles: Exhibition and Resource. Museum of Jewish Heritage (NYC)

 Interactive version of Emma Lazarus' “The New Colossus,”

Past Special Exhibitions:
The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats

 Ezra Jack Keats resource for pre-visit and post-visit activities, as well as for general lesson planning:

 The Keats Foundation 

Pennsylvania Literacy Network Seminars

Fall 2013:

The First Jewish Americans: Foundations of Freedom 1654-1880

Coming to America: How and Why Immigrants Came to the United States

We Are Different; We Are Similar

Coming to America: Why They Came

Coming to America: The Immigrant Journey

The Bullying and Persecution of Leo Frank Part 1 & The Bullying and Persecution of Leo Frank Part 2

Ellis Island: The Journey to Investigate Who We Are

The Artifact Behind the Story

Why People Emigrate