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
2nd Annual National Educators Institute
THE ART AND SCIENCE OF TEACHING JEWISH HISTORY IN AMERICA
July 9 – July 13, 2017
We invite passionate Jewish day school educators to join us for this free five‐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 9 ‐13, 2017. 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.
We ask you to nominate promising and committed educators currently involved in teaching 5th through 12th grades in your school. While in the selection process the preference will be given to the first‐time applicants, all schools are welcome to apply. We encourage team participation from each school, including collaborations among educators working in different subject areas (e.g., a team can be comprised of teachers of American history or social studies, language arts, and Jewish studies as well as music and arts). Please nominate two to three teachers to participate.
Limited space available! Click here for more information or to nominate a teacher.
Leadership funding is provided by an anonymous foundation.
Major supporters include: Lynne and Len Barrack, the Solomon & Sylvia Bronstein Foundation, Robin and Bradford Klatt, and the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation
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 email@example.com or call Vera DaVinci at 215-923-3811 x 118
We are also happy to offer special Museum membership for teachers. Please contact the Membership Office at 215-923-3811 x106 or firstname.lastname@example.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.
CREDIT BEARING TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY: USING COMMUNITY RESOURCES TO ENHANCE CLASSROOM LEARNING
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,”
USC Shoah Foundation's iWitness
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