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!
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: WORKSHOPS AND TRAINING
Special Museum membership for teachers is available. Please contact Membership Office at 215-923-3811 x106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check back soon for the updated schedule. If interested in a specific workshop please contact us at email@example.com 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
WORKSHOP: "COMING TO AMERICA" TEACHING IMMIGRATION - GRADES available: k-3, 4-6, and 7-9
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.
WORKSHOP: EVERY DOCUMENT TELLS A STORY. GRADES 5-12
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.
WORKSHOP: IWITNESS AND NMAJH. GRADES 5-12
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.
WORKSHOP: TEACHING TOLeRANCE AND DIVERSITY. GRADES 8-12
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.
WORKSHOP: PRESCHOOL IN A MUSEUM
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.
EDUCATIONAL LEADERS WORKSHOPS
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!
SALUTING RETIRED TEACHERS AND LIBRARIANS
Annual appreciation event honoring retired teachers and librarians
Check back for a date
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES AND PARTNERS
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: 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 http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/