Professional Development & Workshops

Summer Professional Development workshop in World Trade 7

The 9/11 Tribute Center offers workshops each year to encourage, inspire and guide the teaching of 9/11 and related topics.

Upcoming Workshop

Teaching 9/11 in the Classroom

Schedule & Pricing varies.

Just as we offer Distance Learning to students that cannot travel to New York City, we can connect to your school and provide virtual professional development training. Programs are customized according to need, but typically include a discussion on approaching the subject of 9/11 in the classroom, a walk-through of our free resources for teachers, and the chance to hear a personal story from one of our guides that would typically speak with your students.

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My teachers enjoyed the distance learning Professional Development workshop. They are excited to view the video testimonials and the toolkit.” – Educator, Center for American Values, CO

Totally blown away! I never considered making 9/11 a curriculum unit school wide…to make this negative event into a positive…”


About Our Professional Development Workshops

For nearly a decade, the 9/11 Tribute Center has been providing educational leadership in serving teachers. We offer innovative techniques for linking this contemporary history to a variety of curriculum areas and emphasize teaching with primary sources.

Our workshops respond to the directives of Common Core Standards, helping teachers to use primary source materials to teach about 9/11. We guide teachers to locate and use oral histories in their classroom, as well as learn to read photos and artifacts. We have addressed many challenging issues related to teaching 9/11 including debunking conspiracy theories, working with classes composed of multi-cultural students and understanding terrorism in the 21st century.

We partner with other national educational organizations to provide outstanding workshops for teachers. In partnering with Facing History and Ourselves, we involve teachers in wrestling with difficult moments in history. Teachers investigate how recent history is recorded, analyzed, memorialized and how it impacts our day-to-day lives. Other partnering organizations such as Brown University’s Choices Program have provided a range of workshops helping teachers to confidently bring this challenging subject into their classroom.

I wanted to teach this subject and now feel that I have a wealth of resources available to me. The 9/11 Tribute Center and the personal stories were so very powerful and impactful.” –Middle School Social Studies Teacher



Previous Workshops

What 9/11 Stories Tell

How journalists, historians and your students can reveal the impact of 9/11 through stories and research

July 2015

  • The Newseum led workshops on how to discern reliable sources of news in the digital age and professional ethics when interviewing people who have experienced catastrophe.
  • Teacher Joshua White from Old Mill School in MD presented an examination of Individual rights vs. the rights of society and of the Patriot act.
  • Facing History and Ourselves discussed the role of journalists in social activism.
  • Teacher Kelly Morenus from Amityville High School explained aligning media studies to Common Core.
  • An early preview of our online resource, Journalists & 9/11, was revealed.
  • Teachers worked together to develop lesson plans for their classroom.

This workshop was funded in part by the Mattew C. Sellitto Foundation and was led in part by the Newseum and by Facing History and Ourselves.


Why 9/11 Matters

A Multi-Disciplinary Approach for Engaging Today’s Student’s in Understanding September 11

July 2014

  • Rachel Rowley, an educator from Milford, Connecticut, shared how her school community created a scaffolded 9/11curriculum that extends from 6th through 12th grade.
  • Facing History and Ourselves, led a workshop on being an “Upstander.”
  • Master teachers Tom Murphy from Elisabeth Irwin High School and Jennifer Suri, from Stuyvesant High school shareds their lesson a lesson that she teaches on 9/11, using English Language Arts poetry, drama and creative writing as a tool for memorialization.

This workshop was funded in part by the Matthew C. Sellitto Foundation.


Memory & Memorials

The Legacy of 9/11

January 2014

  • Memory and history
  • The power of the personal story
  • How is this history relevant to our students’ lives today?
  • Bringing issues of memory and legacy into your classroom

I am much more confident and am brave enough to bring my new knowledge to my students…I am able to make a more concrete multi-academic set of plans”


Understanding our Post-9/11 World

The Impact of Terrorism and Recovery in NYC

July 2013
This workshop was funded in part by the Matthew C. Sellitto Foundation


What makes September 11th relevant to a student today?

July 2012
This workshop was funded in part by the Matthew C. Sellitto Foundation