Brooklyn Connections offers several professional learning events throughout the academic year for K-12th grade NYC educators. Practice incorporating primary sources and non-fiction texts into your lesson plans, learn techniques for using archival resources to fulfill Common Core State Standards in Social Studies and ELA, and develop new methods for increasing student engagement with local history topics.

CTLE Credit: The Brooklyn Public Library is a New York State Education Department (NYSED) sponsor of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credit. K-12th grade NYS educators may earn CTLE credit toward the 100 hours requirement from attending Brooklyn Connections professional learning events. 


Community Organizing in Brooklyn

Mon, Feb 11, 2019 | 9.00 am – 3.00 pm

Join us for a day of thinking and learning about community organizing in Brooklyn. We’ll start our morning with expert Sarah Seidman, Puffin Foundation Curator of Social Activism at the Museum of the City of New York, as we learn about the rich history of activism in New York City and more specifically in Brooklyn. We’ll spend time exploring the social activism primary source modules available through Brooklyn Connections, and we will examine how teachers can effectively talk about activism and community organizing with their students as well as what materials the Brooklyn Collection provides for researching these issues in our borough. Teachers will leave with strategies and lesson plans for classroom use.


Brooklyn's Bridges: Connecting Communities & Classrooms

Monday, May 13, 2019 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join us for an immersive look at the evolution of transportation and community as we explore the history of bridges in Brooklyn. Brooklyn Bridge expert and noted author Richard Haw will discuss how these majestic feats of engineering and development have forever changed the landscape of our borough. This workshop provides Social Studies and ELA teachers with practice using primary sources and non-fiction texts in the classroom. Educators will learn techniques for using archival materials to develop new methods for increasing student engagement with local history topics.


Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Thu, June 6, 2019 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join us for a day of horticulture and history as we explore the impact of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Brooklyn and its broader legacy for plants and science. Learn about the unique gardens the Brooklyn Botanic Garden has cultivated, the impressive role that “ladies in the laboratory” have played in shaping this scientific work, and the many ways that teachers and students can learn in the Gardens. Brooklyn Connections will share primary sources from the archive and will model activities that can be replicated in the classroom to engage students with the history of science. This workshop includes a walking tour and takes place rain or shine at Brooklyn Botanic Garden 990 Washington Ave Brooklyn, NY 11225.


Educator Open House

Fri, June 14, 2019 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for a free Educator Open House at the Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library’s local history archive. Tour our facilities, including the Brooklyn Daily Eagle “morgue” and other behind the scenes areas.  View a selection of rare and exciting sources from our holdings, learn about class visits and tours through the Brooklyn Connections program and take home a plethora of resources for your classroom.  This event is not eligible for CTLE credits. Light refreshments will be served.


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