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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

The World in your Hand: a Buckminster Fuller Map Dome Workshop


Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014 6-8 PM

Location: Boston Public Library, Commonwealth Salon

$10 Materials fee per person (includes Dymaxion Map and ‘Buckyball’ kit)

Upon creating the “Dymaxion Map”, or Fuller Projection Map, in 1943 Buckminster Fuller stated that the maps we use still cause humanity to “appear inherently disassociated, remote, self-interestedly preoccupied with the political concept of its got to be your or me; there is not enough for both.”

Come learn about scientist-philosopher-artist Buckminster Fuller and his amazing body of work and philosophy about design.

This session will include an overview of the inspiring story of Buckminster Fuller and enormity of ‘what one man can do’ and a hands on workshop where teachers will construct a Dymaxion Globe and Fuller’s geodesic dome, aka ‘buckyball’ that won the Nobel prize in 1996.

Each teacher will take home a Dymaxion map kit as well as a ‘Buckyball’ kit

Instructor: Thomas Zung is president of Buckminster Fuller, Sadao & Zung Architects and a former student of Buckminster Fuller. He is a founding member of Buckminster Fuller Institute, founding member of SNEC and a Distinguished Senior Fellow to the Stanford University Libraries and author/editor of Fuller’s “Anthology for a New Millennium’ from St. Martin’s Press.

Copies of Buckminster Fuller: Anthology for the Millennium, Second Edition, edited by Thomas Zung will be available for purchase at this event.

Register Here

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)

Registration will open in September

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)