Workshops for Teachers

The New York State Library can offer the following workshops to teachers and teachers-in-training. They are also open to students in AP or IB classes.

History Detectives: Crash Course in Using Resources of the New York State Library

This four-hour workshop for teachers of elementary through high school social studies and language arts will introduce them to how to use both the special collections and the main library collections at the New York State Library to ferret out answers to questions about people, places and events in New York State's history. Participants will learn to:

  1. use a variety of primary source documents to tell a story and
  2. use interlibrary loan to borrow books and obtain digital images or photocopies of documents.

This class can also be adapted for students in AP or IB classes. No more than 10 students can be accommodated during any four-hour session.

Date: Four-hour session any day that's convenient for 4 to 10 teachers/students to come to the New York State Library. (Give us some possible dates, and we'll see what we can arrange!)

Place: New York State Library, Cultural Education Center (7th and 11th floors), Madison Avenue, Albany, N.Y.

Max. Class Size: 10

Fee: There is no charge for this workshop.

For more information: Using "History Detectives: Crash Course" in the subject line, e-mail Vicki Weiss at Vicki.Weiss@nysed.gov or call 518-408-1891.

Life in the Hudson Valley: Using Translated Dutch Documents

This four-hour workshop for teachers of elementary through high school social studies and language arts will introduce them to translations of 17th-century Dutch documents (primary sources) that can be used to tell stories about life in Beverwyck (aka Albany), Wiltwyck (aka Kingston), Nieuw Amsterdam (aka New York City) and other communities in the Hudson Valley. Following a structured activity, participants will learn how historical researchers/writers use documents to write articles about Dutch life, giving the teachers at least one unit to use in the classroom. (Some original Dutch documents will be available.)

This class can also be adapted for students in AP or IB classes. No more than 10 students can be accommodated during any four-hour session.

Date: Four-hour session any day that's convenient for 4 to 10 teachers/students to come to the New York State Library. (Give us some possible dates, and we'll see what we can arrange!)

Place: New York State Library, Cultural Education Center (7th and 11th floors), Madison Avenue, Albany, N.Y.

Max. Class Size: 10

Fee: There is no charge for this workshop.

For more information: Using "Dutch Workshop at NYS Library: Crash Course" in the subject line, e-mail Vicki Weiss at Vicki.Weiss@nysed.gov or call 518-408-1891

Last Updated: October 28, 2014