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.

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 learning 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

Upcoming Workshops

Why 9/11 Matters

A Multi Disciplinary Approach to Engaging Today’s Students in Understanding September 11th

A Professional Development Workshop for Teachers
Aligned to Common Core Curriculum
July 8 and 9, 2014, 9:00AM to 3:30PM

In collaboration with Facing History and Ourselves

This two-day workshop will focus on a variety of topics; present guest speakers, master teachers, 9/11 Tribute Center guides that share their inspirational personal stories and field trips to the 9/11 Memorial.

Sessions will include:

  • Methods for exploring this recent history using primary sources of artifacts, images and personal accounts
  • Civics Focus – activism and citizenship in the aftermath of 9/11
  • Science Focus – learn the science of the cause of Twin Towers’ collapse from a civil engineer
  • Global History – focus on the affects of globalization and discuss the history of the Global War on Terror
  • Language Arts – how oral history collecting can inspire a wealth of language arts projects and help students connect to this recent history
  • Media Arts – focus on classrooms that have involved their students in meaningful digital communication projects

Registration Fee $60.00 (Includes two lunches and materials)
This workshop is funded in part by the Matthew C. Sellitto Foundation

Previous Workshops

Memory and 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

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