Professional Development

We offer Professional Development workshops and seminars for teachers, educators, and school administrators. The Center is an approved NYS CTLE sponsor and teachers will receive CTLE credits for all workshops.

Our courses vary in emphasis and focus, and include both methodological and thematic components. Each course is designed to take full advantage of our rich archival resources and to build upon and directly connect to Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts in History/Social Studies.

Courses are modular to meet interests and needs of participants: every course includes 1) a lecture and/or a guided tour contextualizing its general theme, 2) research orientation with our archivists and hands-on activities, and 3) methodological workshops on diverse aspects of using primary sources in classrooms.

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Refugees and Migrants

Date: Wed, October 23, 4.30-7pm
Offered by: American Jewish Historical Society and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Duration: 3 hours
CTLE credits: 3

This course focuses on major events in United States and European history related to immigration in 19th and 20th centuries. Participants will develop a thorough understanding of the social and political cause and effect of migrations on a global scale.

#Immigration#World History #New York History #Human Rights #Visual Literacy #Media Literacy #Critical Thinking #Object-based Learning

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Antisemitism, Responses, Resistance

Date: Tuesday, October 29, 4-7 pm
Offered by: Leo Baeck Institute
Duration: 4 hours
CTLE credits: 4

This course draws on the collections of Antisemitic literature at the American Jewish Historical Society and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, and the organizational records that illustrate diverse responses and resistance to Antisemitism in the US since the late 19th century. Beyond close reading and visual literacy, participants will workshop “curatorial” approaches to primary sources and methods of their assessment in classroom.

#Antisemitism #World History #New York History #Immigration #Human Rights and Civil Rights #Visual Literacy #Media Literacy #Critical Thinking #Object-based Learning

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Holocaust

Date: Thursday, November 21, 4.30-7.30 pm
Offered by: Leo Baeck Institute and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Duration: 4 hours
CTLE credits: 4

This course draws on the collections from the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and Leo Baeck Institute to explore forced displacement into ghettos and the political, cultural, and social aspects of ghettos’ organization, through personal documents and objects. Assessment strategies for close reading and visual literacy in teaching with primary sources will be at focus during the methodological part of this course.

#Holocaust #Visual Literacy #Critical Thinking #Object-based Learning #World History

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Women’s Activism

Date: please inquire
Offered by: American Jewish Historical Society
Duration: 2.5 hours
CTLE credits: 3

This course will be an in-depth orientation to women’s rights through the personal papers of women activists, philanthropists, and women-led organizations in the collections of the American Jewish Historical Society and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Participants will contextualize women’s rights within the larger historical narrative and explore archival silence as it relates to women in archival taxonomies.

#Women’s History #New York History #Visual Literacy #Critical Thinking #Object-based Learning

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1938 — a Turning Point in History

Date: please inquire
Offered by: Leo Baeck Institute
Duration: 4 hours
CTLE credits: 4

This course explores the political, social, and historical context for displacement from Germany and Austria prior to 1939.

Participants will workshop various strategies for using “history from below” perspective in teaching, and for supporting students’ processing of information, including students-curated mini-exhibitions.

#Immigration #Human Rights #Visual Literacy #Media Literacy #Critical Thinking #Object-based Learning #World History #Holocaust

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Contact Us

For inquiries, to discuss details of our courses, to request a workshop, etc, please email us at education@cjh.org.