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Education

Educators

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! 

UPCOMING TEACHER TRAINING WORKSHOPS

3rd Annual National Educators Institute
THE ART AND SCIENCE OF TEACHING JEWISH HISTORY IN AMERICA
July 8 – July 11, 2018

We invite passionate Jewish educators to join us for this free four‐day intensive professional development workshop in the heart of historic Philadelphia. The Institute will take place at the National Museum of American Jewish History from July 8 ‐11, 2018. Participants will be immersed in conversations with scholars and educators in the field of American Jewish history and engaged in object‐based practicums, facilitated by experts in experiential learning and innovative instructional methods. They will have an opportunity to develop their own lessons incorporating the Museum’s extensive collection and resources.

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If you would like more information or if you are interested in applying, please contact us at education@nmajh.org or call Rachel Urkowitz at 215-923-3811 x 153.

Leadership funding provided by the Lasko Family Foundation and an anonymous national foundation. Additional support provided by the Solomon and Sylvia Bronstein Foundation, Michele and Jeffrey Brotman, Robin and Bradford Klatt, The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, and Norma z”l and Abe z”l Shanzer.

AVAILABLE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS AND TRAININGS

If you would like to schedule one of these workshops for you or your schools, please contact us at education@nmajh.org or call Rachel Urkowitz at 215-923-3811 x 153.

We are also happy to offer special Museum membership for teachers. Please contact the Membership Office at 215-923-3811 x106 or membership@nmajh.org

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.

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY

NMAJH is proud to be a part of National History Day. For the 2017-2018 school year, National History Day invites students to research topics related to the theme of Conflict and Compromise in History.

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For more information on NMAJH's participation in National History Day, or for related research inquiries, please contact Charlie Hersh at education@nmajh.org or 215-923-3811 x 272.

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

 Immigration:
 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,”

Holocaust:
USC Shoah Foundation's iWitness