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Pre-K – 12 Educators

The Jewish Museum is pleased to provide Pre-K – 12 educators with resources and support to enhance teaching and curriculum development. All programs support key points of the Common Core Learning Standards. Learn how to bring your class to the Museum

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Professional Development

Workshops for teachers provide content and practical strategies for engaging students with works of art. These professional development sessions are recommended for educators who work with elementary, middle, and high school students. We can also create customized professional development programs for a specific school or organization.

Special education teachers are invited to attend these workshops free of charge.

Specialized Workshops for Schools

Gallery and studio workshops can be created for educators from a specific school. These workshops introduce teachers to exhibitions and explore strategies for integrating art into classroom curricula. Themes include Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations, Identity, Objects as Primary Sources, Materials in Art and more.

Fees start at $360 for 3 hours with up to 20 teachers. Please call 212.423.3270 for more information.

See all upcoming events for educators here.

The Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Education’s school and family programs are supported by endowed funds established by the Bronfman Family, the Muriel and William Rand Fund, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Helena Rubinstein Foundation, Rosalie Klein Adolf, the Kekst Family, and Mrs. Ida C. Schwartz in memory of Mr. Bernard S. Schwartz.

Generous support is provided by the Kekst Family, Capital One, J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., Alice Lawrence Foundation, the Nissan Foundation, Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust, Con Edison, Moses L. Parshelsky Foundation, Deborah and Michael Rothman, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Elias A. Cohen Foundation, Inc., Kinder Morgan Foundation, and other donors.

Educational Programming is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Cultural Affairs Committee Chair Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Council Member Mark Levine, Council Member Daniel R. Garodnick, Council Member Barry Grodenchik, Council Member Peter Koo, and the City Council.

Art on the Road

Bring the Jewish Museum to your classroom with one of our hands-on Art on the Road programs. A Jewish Museum educator will travel to your school and work with individual classes, using artifact replicas, touchable materials, and visual images to engage students through discussion, observation, and interactive activities. Our inquiry-based programs are designed to support students’ observation and critical thinking skills in a fun and engaging way. All workshops align with the Common Core State Standards.

A minimum of two lessons must be scheduled per Art on the Road visit to your school: each lesson lasts for one period and must be for an individual classroom. Cost: $120 per lesson.

Children’s Book Authors

Ezra Jack Keats, The Snowy Day /William Steig, Shrek/Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are/or Margret and H. A. Rey, Curious George

In this workshop, educators introduce students to the works of one or more author/illustrators featured in previous Jewish Museum exhibitions through storytelling and visual images.  Students create a work of art inspired by the illustrators’ books.


Ezra Jack Keats, Crunch, crunch, crunch, his feet sank into the snow, final illustration for The Snowy Day, 1962. Ezra Jack Keats Papers, de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi © Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. Image courtesy of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.

Archaeology and the Ancient World

Students handle replicas of ancient clay, stone, and metal artifacts as well as archaeologists’ tools to explore the archaeological process and daily life within the context of ancient civilizations. 


Horse Figurine, Israel, 1000-586 B.C.E. Clay: hand-formed, incised, and fired. The Jewish Museum, New York Gift of the Betty and Max Ratner Collection, 1981-223

The Art of the Book

In this hands-on workshop, students examine parchments, reed pens, and the natural resources used to create paint and produce medieval books. Using a mortar and pestle, students grind natural pigments such as saffron or cochineal to create paint which they use to design an illuminated letter.


Prayer Hymn for Alexander I, Benjamin Nathansohn, Vilnius (Lithuania), 1818. Ink and paint on silk; brocade cover.

Common Core

Jewish Museum programs for school groups support the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and enhance classroom curricula by engaging students with primary sources – in the form of original artworks and artifacts – through close observation, discussion, and interpretation. Below are examples of the ways in which guided museum visits foster skills outlined by the CCSS; these skills are markers of students who are career and college ready.

Demonstrate Independence
Jewish Museum educators use inquiry methods to create a forum in which students discuss their interpretations and share their opinions about works of art. Students learn to debate ideas and think critically.

Gallery exercises and studio art projects encourage students to use their imagination, be creative, and hone problem-solving skills.

Build strong content knowledge
By engaging students with art and artifacts spanning thousands of years, Museum visits build on classroom units of study with themes such as Archaeological Dig, Ancient Civilizations, Remembering the Holocaust, and The Immigrant Experience.

Jewish Museum educators consult with classroom teachers to establish connections to classroom curricula, goals, and vocabulary.

Come to understand other perspectives and cultures
The Museum’s permanent collection comprises nearly 30,000 works of art from countries including India, Israel, China, Argentina, and Iran. Students discuss the convergence of cultures and make connections to their own lives through themes such as Cultural Exchange, Art and Identity, Festivals of Light, and The Immigrant Experience.

Respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline
Students deconstruct how artists use color, line, and symbolic imagery to convey meaning and impact the viewer. They later consider similar artistic choices when creating their own works of art.

Comprehend as well as critique
Museum visits are organized around themes to facilitate access to complex concepts. Students use discussion, writing, and art-making activities to express their own ideas and to construct meaning.

Value evidence
Museum educators encourage students to make observations and develop hypotheses through examination of primary sources (original art and artifacts). Students cite visual evidence during inquiry-based discussions to support interpretations.

Movies that Matter: Film Screenings for Schools

Middle and high school students, along with their teachers, view award-winning documentaries that examine issues such as identity, culture, and tolerance. Each day of film screenings features post-film discussions and a pizza lunch.

Middle Schools: March 17
High Schools: March 20, 21 & 27

10 am – 1 pm
Free; includes pizza lunch

Students explore themes of identity, culture, and tolerance inspired by the Jewish Museum’s collection and screenings of award-winning documentary films. Engaging, guided conversations follow each screening. 

Read about the Movies that Matter series on our blog

To register, email or call 212.423.3254. Limit: 40 tickets per school.
Movies That Matter is made possible through the generosity of the Nissan Foundation, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., the Moses L. Parshelsky Foundation, and Deborah and Michael Rothman. Additional support is provided through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council and Council Member Peter Koo.

Educator Resources

Discover the Jewish Museum’s resources for elementary through high school educators and download curriculum materials. Each resource explores themes related to works of art or objects, and includes suggested classroom activities, a glossary along with further resources, and links to the Museum’s online collection.

Curriculum guides are made possible by a generous grant from the Kekst Family.

Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H.A. Rey

Margret and H.A. Rey’s children’s books about America’s beloved monkey Curious George hold a special place in the hearts of both children and adults around the world. This resource for educators is designed to complement and enhance a classroom study of the Reys’ Curious George stories.

The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936 – 1951

The Photo League was a New York city–based organization of professional and amateur photographers founded in 1936; many of its members were young, first-generation, working-class Jewish Americans. Developed for the Jewish Museum exhibition The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951.

Narrative in Art

This resource was developed for elementary through high school educators to explore the formal elements of art and to draw connections among visual art, language arts, and literacy. Each of the works of art included here has a narrative component. Much like an author or poet tells or evokes a story through words, artists can use visual elements to weave together a story with all the familiar components: characters, setting, plot/scenes, mood, and tone.

Objects Tell Stories: Jewish Holidays

This resource presents ideas for exploring the Jewish holidays through art and artifacts by highlighting ten unique objects from the Jewish Museum’s extensive collection.

Immigration Experiences in Art

Art is an invaluable source for the study of history and for the exploration of immigration in particular. With art drawn from the Jewish Museum’s vast collection, this online educator resource features diverse works that relate to the topic of immigration.

Teaching the Holocaust through Works of Art

To understand the significance of works of art and artifacts, it is important to understand their political, historical, and social context. This resource can be used to supplement and enhance ongoing studies in history, art, and literacy.

Teaching with Marc Chagall

This guide focuses on three paintings by Marc Chagall (1887–1985) that were in the special exhibition Chagall: Love, War, and Exile (previously on view at the Jewish Museum, September 15, 2013 – February 2, 2014). These are juxtaposed with works in the Jewish Museum’s collection.

Ancient Civilizations and Archaeology

These materials can be used to supplement and enhance students’ ongoing studies in ancient civilizations and archaeology.