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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.

Upcoming Workshops

March 5 & 19: The Power of Maps: ArcGIS in the Classroom




This course is focused on the use of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) in K-12 classrooms. GIS is a powerful tool that fosters critical thinking and analysis skills. ArcGIS Online will be the primary tool introduced to teachers as it can be used via the familiar interface of a web browser. This workshop will provide interactive instruction and hands-on exploration of using GIS with students through classroom-ready activities and resources, templates for creating and sharing engaging StoryMaps and examples of strategies for integrating GIS with existing curriculum. This course will take place both in person and online with a final project (lesson plan) due for all participants.



Course fee: $75

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May 7 & 14: Landscape of Revolution




Discover American Revolution primary sources from the Leventhal Map Center and Library of Congress. Try out strategies for teaching with maps, visuals and documents. Learn about the role of African American soldiers in the Revolution and enrich your teaching of this era.

Course fee: $100 deposit (deposit will be returned upon completion of the course and assignment)

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July 2016: Mapping Boston’s Role in the American Revolution


Registration will open in January 2016.

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

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