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.

Upcoming Workshops

July 18-22, 2016: Mapping Boston’s Role in the American Revolution

• Investigate the American Revolution with a geographical focus
• Try out strategies for teaching with maps, visuals and documents
• Engage and explore with historic sites, scholars and other educators
• Create lesson plans and take home resources to enrich your teaching of this time period 

WHEN: July 18 – 22, 2016
AUDIENCE: Grades 3-12 teachers
LOCATIONS: Norman B. Leventhal Map Center • Boston National Historical Park • The Massachusetts Historical Society • The Bostonian Society/Old State House • The Paul Revere House • Old North Church
PDPS/GRADUATE CREDIT: Up to 67.5 PDPs, 3 graduate credits, optional (additional $225 to Framingham State)
COST: $150 (includes refreshments and classroom materials)
REGISTER: click here
QUESTIONS:, 617-859-2294

August 1-3, 2016: Migration, Immigration and Refugees

This three-day seminar/workshop, geared toward middle and high school teachers, focuses on historical immigration waves in the U.S., current immigration policies, and the refugee crisis in Northern Africa and the Middle East.

Michelle LeBlanc, Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library
Gregory White, Ph.D., Mary Huggins Gamble Professor of Government, Smith College
Mimi Stephens, Professional Development Director, The Choices Program at Brown University
Damien Murray, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, Elms College

Dates: August 1-3, 2016
Location: Elms College
Cost: $50
PDPs are available, with credit given for the cost.
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August 4 & 5, 2016: Whaling in Nineteenth-Century Massachusetts

The romance of the 19th-century whaling industry captures our imagination. But, it was more than romance because whaling provided the economic livelihood of individuals and New England towns for close to a century. Investigate American whaling in the age of sail, and its effects on the politics, economy, and culture of Massachusetts. Whaling provided men and women of the Commonwealth with new opportunities for financial and cultural exchange. Using documents from the Massachusetts Historical Society and Leventhal Map Center, we will explore the lives of sailors, whaling wives, and entrepreneurs, and trace the expanding geographical horizons afforded by the whaling industry. On August 5 we will take a field trip to New Bedford, Massachusetts, the largest whaling port in the world by the 1830s. We will visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum to explore art and artifacts from whaling voyages that spanned the globe, and take a walking tour of the city whose whale oil “lit the world.”

Audience: Teachers of History and Social Studies, Grades 4-12
Instructors: Kathleen Barker of the MHS, Michelle LeBlanc of the Leventhal Map Center, Staff at the New Bedford Whaling Museum and National Park Rangers
Dates and Times: Thursday & Friday, August 4 & 5, 2016, from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston; New Bedford Whaling Museum
Cost: $75 TEC members / $75 non-TEC members
Earn: 15 PDPs
Graduate Credit: 1 credit from Worcester State University for an additional $100, payable at the first class

REGISTER: click here
QUESTIONS:, 617-859-2294

To learn about these and other educational programs, please contact

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