THIRTEEN Education Department Hosts 103 Educators for Ellis Island Workshop

April 19th, 2010
Ellis Island Entrance

Ellis Island Entrance

By Chris Czajka, Senior Director, LAB@THIRTEEN

On Saturday, April 17, 103 tri-state area teachers embarked on ferries from both Battery Park in Lower Manhattan and Liberty State Park in New Jersey to attend an educational workshop at Ellis Island National Monument. At the workshop, teachers learned how to use Faces of America, a THIRTEEN production that traces famous Americans’ roots, as a tool to teach diversity and genealogy in the classroom.

Amazingly, the vast majority of the participants confessed they had never before been to Ellis Island. The venue was, of course, not only humbling and impressive, but also perhaps the most thematically-appropriate location in which we’ve ever held an outreach event. Several of the participating teachers said they had “no idea” how impressive the island and its museums are, and are planning to bring their students on field trips.

Since late January, the “Life After Broadcast” (LAB) team has provided direct, intensive professional development to nearly 1,200 teachers in collaboration with eleven PBS stations across the country. The ripple effects of this teacher training – as well as the supporting print and digital curriculum materials developed by our team – will be felt for months (and years) to come.

We are very pleased with the results of the Faces of America initiative, and look forward to bringing more events like this one to educators in New York City and beyond.

About THIRTEEN Education

Public Television leads the way in creating high quality content and professional development services for tri-state area schools. Online, on air and on-site, we create and deliver resources specifically aligned to state and national standards. Our resources are built around video from the best public television programs and distributed in digital format for easy use in classrooms.

The education department at THIRTEEN offers single-day workshops and 3-day intensives presenting strategies on how to create technology-rich, standards-based lesson plans utilizing public television created web resources and video that turn classrooms into exciting, interactive learning labs. THIRTEEN is an approved professional development provider for the NYC Department of Education and has a distinguished reputation for the highest quality work throughout the tri-state region.

Photo by Victoria Peckham via Flickr.