Professional Development

Opportunities for teachers to learn how to teach with maps, geography, and history

“Maps to me are now dynamic, vibrant, alive and worth engaging” –Teacher Workshop Participant

The Leventhal Map & Education Center offers a variety of professional development opportunities for educators. From one-day workshops to summer-long fellowships, Map Center professional development is designed to support educators in using geographic approaches and materials in various subject areas and for various purposes.

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Workshops and Courses

More or Less in Common: Teaching Environmental Justice and Activism in Massachusetts and Beyond

July 11 - 13, 2022, 9:00AM - 3:00PM

$75 registration fee

Who benefits when the natural world is flourishing and healthy? By contrast, who is harmed by a dangerous and degraded environment? This three-day workshop for educators in grades 3-12, hosted in Boston and Lowell, will focus on past and present ideas of environmental justice, looking closely at eastern Massachusetts and the reality of its post-industrial landscape. Through local case studies that incorporate maps, data, documents, and physical landscapes, participants will learn about activists' work and develop their own lessons/activities to use in the classroom. This workshop will feature ideas and models for student-led civics projects connected to environmental justice.

Participants are eligible for one-graduate credit (with an additional $150 payable to Westfield State University) or 22.5 Professional Development Points.

Co-presented by the Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center and Tsongas Industrial History Center

Teaching Environmental Justice and Activism in Massachusetts and Beyond

Teaching Environmental Justice and Activism in Massachusetts and Beyond

July 11-13, 9:00AM - 3:00PM
This three-day workshop for educators in grades 3-12, hosted in Boston and Lowell, will focus on past and present ideas of environmental justice, looking closely at eastern Massachusetts and the reality of its post-industrial landscape.
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Empowering Maptivists: Using Maps & Data to Examine Social Issues in the Humanities Classroom

Maps are instruments of power and can affect our understanding of issues and data depending on who is telling the story. It is our job as map consumers and educators to think critically about what maps are showing us (and what they aren’t). In Empowering Maptivists, course participants will explore the unique power of maps to make sense of the world around us. The course will provide clear pathways for helping students explore issues in their own communities and use spatial understanding to advocate for change.

Join us for this self-paced online professional development course hosted by the National Humanities Center. It’s all virtual and you will earn 35 professional development hours. There are two six-week windows. Register here for the time frame that works best for you.

Past Workshops

See a list of past workshops here, with links to workshop materials.