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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! 


We are pleased to announce:

2nd Annual National Educators’ Institute
July 9 – July 13, 2017

The National Educators’ Institute, The Art and Science of Teaching Jewish History in America, is an innovative program designed to assist secondary-level day school teachers (grades 5-12) in transforming the teaching of American Jewish history by utilizing the trove of artifacts and resources available at the National Museum of American Jewish History. We encourage participation from day schools of all kinds from communities across the United States.

For additional information, please click here for: 2017 NEI InvitationProgram Description; Teacher Nomination Form; About the Museum. You may also view our Combined Informational Packet.

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

Below, you will find information about the 2016 National Educators' Institute:

Participating schools:

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community High School (Baltimore, MD)
Bornblum Jewish Community School (Memphis, TN)
Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (Rockville, MD)
David Posnack Jewish Day School (Davie, FL)
Golda Och Academy US (W. Orange, NJ)
Kehillah Jewish High School (Palo Alto, CA)
Kellman Brown Academy (Voorhees, NJ)
The Lippman School (Akron, OH)
Miles Jewish Day School (Birmingham, AL)
The Weber School (Atlanta, GA)
Yavneh Day School (Los Gatos, CA)

For more information, please see the following:

Registration for NEI 2016 is closed. If you are interested in participating in future institutes, please contact us at


Q: How do we get from the airport to the hotel?
A: Taxi: Taxis are conveniently located outside once you exit the terminal and are a $28.50 Flat Rate from the Airport to the hotel and/or the Museum. (Directions from airport to hotel; Directions from airport to museum).
Train: There is also a train that runs from the Airport to Center City Philadelphia every half hour. For exact times go to the SEPTA train schedule. Take the train from your Terminal and get off at Jefferson Station (11th and Market) and you can walk or take a cab to the hotel or the Museum (Walking directions from Jefferson Station to the Museum).

Q: How long is the travel time from airport to the hotel/Museum?
A: Approximately 20 minutes without traffic.

Q: Where can I park my car?
If you are not staying in the Franklin Hotel, directions and parking information are available at our website.

Q: How close is the hotel to the Museum?
A: About 3 blocks away, approximately 5 minute walk. (Directions from hotel to Museum)

Q: What time is the hotel check in/check out?
A: Check-in is at 3:00PM; Check-out is at 12:00PM

Q: If I prefer my own hotel room, will the Institute cover the cost?
A: The Institute covers the cost at the double occupancy rate of the hotel. We are happy to make arrangements for you to share a room with another teacher. The additional out-of-pocket expense to reserve a single occupancy room is $95.29 per night. If your school district is able to cover that cost, we can provide exact amount for the four nights to have the check issued in advance of your arrival.  

Q: Will there be breakfast at the hotel?
A: Franklin Inn Hotel does not provide a complimentary breakfast, however a continental breakfast will be provided at the Museum at 8:30 am each morning.

Q: Can I bring a family member?
A: Family members are welcome to visit the Museum and stay with you at the hotel provided that you will be responsible for room expenses. We are happy to extend the rate for the rooms given to the Museum.  

Q: Will the Institute be held every day at the Museum?
A: Yes, all sessions will be held at the Museum with exception of the two-hour Bus Tour on Wed morning.  The tour will depart and return to the Museum. 

Q: Are all meals covered?
A: Breakfast, lunch and two dinners are provided for by the Institute. All meals are kosher; please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies by June 27. You are responsible for dinner on Monday and Tuesday, however there is an optional group dinner at a kosher restaurant after Monday's tour. The cost for this dinner will be about $30 per person.

Q: Will we have time to see friends or family in the area?
A: Our days will be in spent in session and we have two evening programs with dinner (Sunday and Wed). Monday and Tuesday evenings are free (dinner on your own).
Monday we invite you to a walking tour of the Old City Philadelphia (about an hour long) however, the tour is optional. 


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


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.


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,”

USC Shoah Foundation's iWitness

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