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

July 9 & 10, 2014: Visualizing Immigration: Teaching with Primary Sources, Maps & Data

In collaboration with the National Archives in Waltham, MA and the Massachusetts Historical Society, this workshop will focus on teaching this complex topic with a variety of primary sources and data that can be used to foster critical thinking with students at various grade levels. Sources will include maps, political cartoons, photographs, documents and immigration data. Participants will learn from scholars, educators, and one another, various strategies for using these resources effectively with students to understand both our national and local immigration history.

Time: 9:15 am-4:30 pm
For: Grades 3-12 teachers
Fee: $35 (to hold registration)
Earn: 22.5 PDPs & One graduate credit (optional, $75 additional fee)

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This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities.

Mass Humanities “A Commonwealth of Ideas

July 15, 16 & 17, 2014 Teaching Math with Maps, Part II

Maps are a visually engaging resource to teach mathematics. Karen Crounse, Math Coach for Boston Public Schools will engage participants in activities focused on understanding maps, their connection to mathematics and how to weave them into classroom teaching.

Times: 9:30 am -3:00 pm (days 1 & 2), 9:30 am-12:00 pm (day 3))
For: Grades 5-12 teachers
Fee: $35 (includes one lunch and materials)
Earn: 22.5 PDPs & One graduate credit (optional, $75 additional fee)

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To learn about these and other educational programs, please contact

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center (