Our professional learning opportunities introduce K-12 educators to fascinating local history topics while providing resources and skills you can immediately utilize in your classroom. 

Practice incorporating primary sources and non-fiction texts into your lesson plans, learn techniques for using archival resources to fulfill Next Generation Standards in Social Studies and ELA, and develop new methods for increasing student engagement with local history topics.

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. Event listings will note if they are CTLE eligible. 

Accessibility: We strive to offer educator professional learning opportunities that are inclusive spaces for individuals with disabilities and our team is committed to the work that goes into creating safe and productive spaces for all. If you have an accessibility requirement, please let us know by checking the appropriate box while registering for our professional learning opportunities and a staff member will reach out with accessibility options prior to the event.


Chancellor's Day PL for Educators: A Coastal History of Brooklyn

June 8th, 2023, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Location: Center for Brooklyn History

Educators welcome. Attendees are eligible for 7 CTLE credits.

Oyster beds, salt marshes, and tidal inlets. Casinos, roller-coasters, and brothels. Factories, ferries, and bridges.The eclectic history of Brooklyn’s waterfront doesn’t just reflect the borough’s diverse and hard-nosed history; it has shaped it from Lenapehoking to the present day.

NYC Educators are invited to join the Center for Brooklyn History (CBH) for a Professional Learning event on “A Coastal History of Brooklyn.” CBH Chief Historian Dominique Jean-Louis will give a lecture on the environmental, social, cultural, and economic history of Brooklyn’s waterfront. Jean-Louis will explore this story of Lenape stewardship, European colonization, industrialization, immigration, radical experimentation, and commercial development.

Educators will then explore maps from the Center for Brooklyn History collection in the Othmer Library, including Bernard Ratzer’s pre-revolutionary survey map of New York and “Brookland’s” beaches, swamps, and streams. CBH educators will finish the day with an introduction to a new curriculum on the waterways of Gowanus creek and the natural geography of Brooklyn.

The PL event will cost $35, inclusive of breakfast and lunch, and will run from 8.30am to 3.30pm. Attending educators will be eligible for 7 CTLE credits. To register for this event, click HERE.

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