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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

Learning with Maps


Date: Saturday, October 25th, 2014 9 am-12 pm

Location: Museum of Science, Boston

Grades: 4-8 teachers

Maps can enrich learning in earth science, geography and history while building critical thinking skills. In this session, consider how maps are models while exploring the Museum’s Mapping the World Around Us exhibit. How can maps help us recognize patterns, locate things, understand changing landforms, and make sense of demographic information? Engage in inquiry using extraordinary maps from the Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, the Museum’s own map collection, and other online map collections. Exchange lesson ideas for accessing and using various types of maps with your students.

(An optional extension of the day will include a trip by MBTA to tour the Leventhal Map Center after a short lunch break)

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National Council for Social Studies Conference


Date: November 21-23, 2014

Location: Hynes Convention Center, Boston

The National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) conference will be held in Boston this year and the Leventhal Map Center will be presenting sessions on multiple days.

For more information and to register, visit the NCSS site: http://www.socialstudies.org/conference

To learn about these and other educational programs, please contact mleblanc@bpl.org

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center (http://maps.bpl.org)