Professional Development

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

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center offers a variety of professional development opportunities for educators. All workshops expand educators’ views of the ways in which they can use maps, not simply to teach geography, but opening up the possibilities for using these resources as starting points for a variety of lessons in various subject areas.

Current and Upcoming Workshops

Landscape of Revolution

This course is currently full. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please fill out the registration form.

Presented in collaboration with the Collaborative for Educational Services

Dates: Saturdays, March 21: 9 am – 3 pm & March 28: 9 am - 1 pm Online pre-assigment: 5 hours

Primary sources from the American Revolutionary era often perplex students. Archaic language, obscure references in images (such as political cartoons), and a landscape that looks very different from today can all create roadblocks to understanding this time period and its events. In this workshop learn about key resources and tools of analysis to help students gain a sense of place and hear an expanded range of voices from this era–including those of African American soldiers. Sessions will demonstrate successful strategies for teaching with historic maps, featuring the remarkable collections of the Leventhal Map Center and the Library of Congress online. This course will take place in-person, March 21 and 28, with online pre-assignments, and a final project (lesson and set of primary sources) due March 28 for all participants.


Register here

2015 Teacher Fellowship Program: The American Revolution Era (1750-1800)

Applications due: Friday, April 3, 2015

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center is offering two teacher fellowships to public and/or private school teachers and library media specialists starting in the summer of 2015. These fellowships will coincide with the Leventhal Map Center’s exhibition, We are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence at the Boston Public Library from May to November 2015 ( The fellowships are funded in part by the Library of Congress, Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region Program, coordinated by Waynesburg University.

Applicants may propose their own topic of interest connected to the broad American Revolution era (1750-1800) that will be the focus of their research and their final project. Projects will employ the resources of the Leventhal Map Center, the Boston Public Library and the Library of Congress. A $2000 stipend will be paid to each fellow.

Full information and how to apply available here

Mapping Boston’s Role in the American Revolution

Summer Teacher Institute for Grades 3-12 teachers
July 13-17, 2015

  • Investigate the Revolution with a geographical focus
  • Discover what maps and other primary sources reveal about the Revolution
  • Engage and explore with historic sites, scholars and other educators
  • Create a final primary source set and curricular materials for your students
For full information, download the flyer

Register here

This workshop is sponsored in part by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region Program, coordinated by Waynesburg University. This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities.

Visualizing the American Revolution

July 28 & 29, 2015
Location: Norman B. Leventhal Map Center & Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Registration will open by April 2015

To learn about these and other educational programs, please contact

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center (