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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

Then and Now: How WWI and Events of 1917 Changed the World

When: Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 4-6pm
Where: National Museum of American Jewish History, 5th and Market Street
To register: email Vera Da Vinci at vdavinci@nmajh.org

Join educators from National Museum of American Jewish History and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum for a workshop that introduces educational programs and resources available in conjunction with the special exhibitions presented by PAFA and NMAJH in Spring 2017.

NMAJH educators will present the special exhibition 1917: How One Year Changed the World (opens March 17, 2017), which explores how the convergence of world events during the pivotal year of 1917 reoriented the United States’ role in the world and affected the lives of everyday Americans, especially ethnic minorities. The exhibit will emphasize how the events of a century ago reverberated throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, including the challenges America faced in developing fair and coherent immigration/refugee policies. The events of WWI are more than memories, more than distant traumas, they continue to shape our lives today.

NMAJH educators will discuss a variety of ways to engage with historic artifacts and documents presented in the exhibition and the Museum’s permanent collection for interdisciplinary investigations and group discussions.

PAFA Museum educators will present the exhibition World War I and American Art (on view at PAFA through April 8, 2017) emphasizing new ways to engage students with art and language arts through an interactive art lesson.

Participation in the workshop will help teachers:

  • Deepen and expand familiarity with the subject (the events of WWI and 1917), including analysis of the outcomes, impact, and cultural relevance of the First World War
  • Learn object-based teaching strategies
  • Practice primary source analysis and critical evaluation with a focus on Common Core and 21st Century Skills
  • Explore how primary source materials from the WWI period can be used to understand the visual culture of the early twentieth century while also applying skills such as how to support an argument with visual evidence

Attendees will receive a light dinner and complimentary parking at the Bourse Parking Lot on 4th Street. In addition, participating teachers will get priority access to free buses for their visit to PAFA and bus reimbursement at NMAJH, as well as subsidized admission to both institutions.


We are pleased to announce:
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. 

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

To nominate teachers, please email the Teacher Nomination Form to teacherinstitute@nmajh.org. The deadline for teacher nominations is February 24, 2017.

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

Readings:

2016 NEI 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)
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 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 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.

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

 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


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