Teacher Training
(Professional Development for Teachers)

Our approach to teacher training emphasizes active learning and making teachers aware of concepts, methods, and resources of which they might not otherwise be aware. To this end, we have worked with two local Museums—the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, and the Museum of the City of New York on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. These collaborations have allowed teachers access to the exhibits at the Museums, to the special programs for students and teachers, and to special online resources such as the Admaker application on the Museum of the Moving Image web site in whose development we collaborated.

Having one co-director who is a political scientist and a second who is an education professor allows us to provide teachers with the latest materials from both fields—the latest political science research findings and the latest teaching methods. Our associate directors are likewise trained. As noted in the earlier discussion, we also draw on our contacts among political practitioners, including elected officials, campaign consultants, and journalists to give teachers a chance to get information from “the horse’s mouth.”

Here is a syllabus from a recent seminar for teachers, done in collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York.