Educator Events

Our professional development opportunities bring together experts and educators to explore Brooklyn’s history—from its public parks to its sewer pipes; the construction of its bridges and the ecology of the waterways they span; and the communities that made and make it a remarkable place to live, learn, and teach.

In addition to conveying rich historical content, our PDs emphasize practical techniques for teaching with archival materials, helping educators bring the city’s past to life for today’s students while fulfilling Next Generation Standards in Social Studies and ELA.

The Brooklyn Public Library is a New York State Education Department (NYSED) sponsor of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credit. Many of our educator events confer CTLE credits proportionate to their length and content—please review the event descriptions below for details.

Upcoming Events

CBH Talk | Exploring “The White Bonus” with Tracie McMillan and Darrick Hamilton

Thu, Apr 25 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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White Bonus is the money white people receive or save when racism works in their favor. In her new book, The White Bonus: Five Families and the Cash Value of Racism in America, Tracie McMillan asks a pressing question: If racism denies people of color so much, just how much does it…

Brooklyn Is... Exhibition Tour

Fri, Apr 26 3:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Come for a free guided tour of the exhibition Brooklyn Is...!

Visitors will get an interactive look at the photographs, maps, and community reflections that make up the heart of this exhibition, as well as a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process of putting together this exhibition…

CBH Talk | Ari Berman and Chris Hayes Discuss “Minority Rule”

Mon, Apr 29 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

anti-racism author talks BPL Presents

As the United States moves steadily towards a majority-minority future, time and time again the white conservative minority has effectively pushed back representative democracy through voter suppression, election subversion, legislative power grabs, immigration restrictions,…

Brooklyn Is... Exhibition Tour

Fri, May 3 3:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Come for a free guided tour of the exhibition Brooklyn Is...!

Visitors will get an interactive look at the photographs, maps, and community reflections that make up the heart of this exhibition, as well as a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process of putting together this exhibition…

Brooklyn Is... Exhibition Tour

Fri, May 10 3:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Come for a free guided tour of the exhibition Brooklyn Is...!

Visitors will get an interactive look at the photographs, maps, and community reflections that make up the heart of this exhibition, as well as a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process of putting together this exhibition…

CBH Talk | Blackface Minstrelsy and the Racial Foundation of American Musical Culture

Wed, May 15 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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In his new book, Blacksound: Making Race and Popular Music in the United States, musicologist Matthew Morrison unpacks the political legacy of blackface minstrelsy, showing not only how blackness was commodified by white people as popular entertainment during the nineteenth century,…

CBH Talk | Severe Mental Illness: Our Collective Response and Responsibility

Thu, May 16 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Jonathan Rosen’s acclaimed book, The Best Minds: A Story of Friendship, Madness, and the Tragedy of Good Intentions, has helped move the needle on our understanding of severe mental illness and the ways that society -- at the governmental, medical, and individual levels -- has failed…

Brooklyn Is... Exhibition Tour

Fri, May 17 3:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Come for a free guided tour of the exhibition Brooklyn Is...!

Visitors will get an interactive look at the photographs, maps, and community reflections that make up the heart of this exhibition, as well as a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process of putting together this exhibition…

CBH Talk | Natalie Foster and Tressie McMillan Cottom Discuss “The Guarantee”

Tue, May 21 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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The Guarantee asks us to imagine an America where housing, health care, a college education, dignified work, family care, an inheritance, and an income floor are not only attainable by all but guaranteed, by our government, for everyone.

But isn’t this pie-in-the-sky…

CBH Talk | Elizabeth Gloucester, The Most Powerful Black Woman Lost to History

Wed, May 22 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Co-presented by the Center for Brooklyn History and The Brooklyn Heights Association

 

Elizabeth Gloucester, was born into slavery in 1817 in Richmond, Virginia. When she died in Brooklyn Heights six decades later, the Brooklyn Eagle described her as “the wealthiest colored…

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CBH Education is generously supported by The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, Nissan Foundation, The Pine Tree Foundation, and National Grid.