Education at CBH

The Center for Brooklyn History education department connects students, educators, and archivists in New York City and beyond to unique collections, programs, and events that bring the history of Brooklyn to life.

For students

We make the archive a more inclusive place for students of all backgrounds by giving them the agency to engage and interrogate collections through a culturally responsive lens. By broadening the definition of researcher, students are given access to primary sources while developing their critical research skills. Our signature partnership program, Brooklyn Connections, offers fourth through twelfth grade classes rare access to original archival materials while students complete customized, standards-based projects.

Our work with students extends beyond the school day to our youth internship program that assists youth college, career, and employment readiness skills.

And, beginning in 2021, CBH is thrilled to be the home of New York City History Day.

For educators

Every school year, we offer a robust array of professional development workshops where guest speakers engage educators in fascinating content knowledge while our team models lesson plans and activities that transfer to any classroom. CBH Education is a New York State-certified provider of Continuing Teacher and Leadership Education (CTLE) credit and ASPDP “P” credits. Our events introduce educators to New York City cultural institutions that can support their students with class visits and field trips. Educators can access our customized lesson plans, research guides, and more by visiting our educator resources page anytime.

For archivists

CBH Education encourages archivists and archives educators to replicate and adapt our model in their own communities. We make our resources and teaching strategies openly available for archivists to access. Our team can be found speaking at conferences and publishing widely to promote the work we do to the archival community. For more information about our resources for archivists, please contact us.

Contact us

For Brooklyn Connections, Teen Scholars, Professional Development Opportunities, or General Inquiries

For New York City History Day

CBH Education is generously supported by The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, The Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust, The Hearst Foundation, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, The Michael Tuch Foundation, The Nissan Foundation, National Grid Foundation, The Pine Tree Foundation, and Con Edison.

Upcoming Events

University Open Air: Tibetan Yoga: The Five Movements for Balancing the Five Elements in our Bodies

Sat, Apr 20 10:00am
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Learn five standing yoga movements that release tensions and blockages in our gross body and subtle energy channels. Physical movement, breath, and awareness are coordinated to harmonize our body, energy, and mind. These five movements especially open…

University Open Air: AI for Everyone

Sat, Apr 20 1:00pm
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The headlines are filled with news about Artificial Intelligence (AI), making it difficult to separate hype from reality. AI presents many opportunities as well as challenges for our communities. It can help us solve complex problems, but it can also displace jobs and harm our civil rights if…

University Open Air: Mind Training: How to Deal with Destructive Emotions. Tibetan Buddhist Psychology and Methods

Sat, Apr 20 1:00pm
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Students will learn some simple and effective methods on how to deal with negative emotions, particularly useful for when we are overwhelmed by those feelings.

 

University Open Air: Transform Your Life in one Week with Mystic Breathing, Meditation, and Healing Yogas

Sun, Apr 21 10:00am
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In this session, we will teach the body posture and four characteristics of mystic breathing first. Then we will learn to feel the mystic breathing. Then we will learn to feel the subtle sensations in our body…

University Open Air: Chinese Tea Ceremony

Sun, Apr 21 11:30am
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Chinese Tea Ceremony has rich history and different forms. Depending on the regions, we have various types of ceremonies. In today's ceremony, I will perform one of the authentic ways, to show you the beauty of it. Let's enjoy the ceremony; watch the tea leaves blooming; smell and taste good…

University Open Air: Beauty and Ugliness in French and Francophone literature and the Arts

Sun, Apr 21 12:00pm
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French society’s obsession with taste shows up in many areas. We will examine some laudatory and critical devices used in some emblematic works to present the concept of beauty and ugliness, starting from XVII century literature and visual arts to arrive in modern times. Works from Madame de…

University Open Air: Healing: Ancient Tibetan Chod Healing Cleansing Negativities and Restoring Positivities

Sun, Apr 21 12:00pm
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Chöd means “to cut.” Suffering that we human experience arises mainly through grasping at self and self-cherishing attitude. Cutting through this self-grasping and self-cherishing attitude is the main goal of Chöd practice. Chöd…

University Open Air: Creative Calligraphy & Ink Wash Workshop

Sun, Apr 21 1:00pm
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Traditional Chinese is the written script used in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau. In this interactive workshop, we will practice, write and discuss select characters in ink. Then, channel your creativity by integrating calligraphy into personalized ink wash paintings. Choose themes inspired by…

University Open Air: In Search of Lyricism

Sun, Apr 21 2:00pm
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In lyric works, emotions are expressed through imagery, musicality, rhythm. Hence, reading and watching lyric works is a highly enjoyable experience. Yet, as the mermaids’ song, lyricism can draw us in to better drown us in what we’d turn away from: pain, grief, injustice, or our daily life.…

Celebrating Brooklyn Poets, Past and Present

Wed, Apr 24 6:30pm
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Dip into the Center for Brooklyn History’s collection and you will find a vast range of poetry. There are works by household names like Walt Whitman, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Marianne Moore, as well as hundreds, perhaps thousands, of poems by writers whose works live in the nooks and…

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