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

February 28, 2015

Teacher’s Program for Global Studies

The Leventhal Map Center will be presenting part of one session on Migration. Please refer to the link below for other dates and registration information. Please note: this session does not take place at the Map Center.

February 28, 2015 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Location: Elms College, Chicopee, MA


Examination of migration patterns, the causes and effects around the globe with the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library and Timothy LeDoux, Westfield State University. This seminar will provide hands on map activities and lessons that can be used in the classroom. Open to K-12 teachers.

To register:

March 21 and March 28, 2015

Landscape of Revolution

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

July 13-17, 2015

We Are One: Mapping the Road from Revolution to Independence

Summer Teacher Institute

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

Dates: July 13-17, 2015

More information and registration will be available in Spring 2015

To learn about these and other educational programs, please contact

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center (