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

July 7 and 8, 2015
9:00 – 4:00

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

Newseum-logoThis two day workshop collaboratively led by the 9/11 Tribute Center, Newseum, and Facing History and Ourselves, will present methods that teachers can use to guide students to construct an understanding of 9/11 utilizing both digital resources and first person accounts.

Teachers will explore the fine line between current events and history, participate in journalism exercises, and examine how to teach students the importance of reliable sources and encourage media literacy. Facing History and Ourselves will delve more deeply in to power of survivor testimony. A Common Core expert will lead a workshop designed to demonstrate how 9/11 projects align with multiple Common Core standards.

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

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.

Hearing the personal stories and seeing how these people have moved on and have made it positive and an educational moment in history”

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

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