We are happy to have presented our Second Teaching New
York City History in K-12 Schools Conference. The first
conference took place in April, 2001. Over 400 teachers
attended 24 presentations. We had such an overwhelming
response to the first conference that we were able to
accommodate more participants and more presentations in
2003. This time, over 600 teachers attended 36 presentations.
The conference offered both public and private school
teachers the much needed opportunity to gather and share
ideas, lessons and programs. To the best of our knowledge,
this is the only conference to focus on these needs.
Happily, our mission coincided with that
of the newly re-organized New York City Department of
Education. The Gotham Center is committed to helping enhance
students' knowledge and appreciation of New York City
history. By working with teachers, K-12, The Gotham Center
seeks to improve instruction and raise student achievement.
Our program for the conference was an exciting
one. We were happy to welcome back to the Gotham Center
prize-winning film maker Ric Burns, director of New
York: A Documentary Film, who delivered the keynote
Saturday's panels, workshops and presentations
included topics such as slavery in New York, oral histories
as primary sources, life in New Amsterdam, the history
of the harbor, Native American history, researching the
history of your school, just to name a few. All presentations
addressed the New York City and New York state mandated
The popular Cultural Institutions Marketplace
was held on the Concourse level of the Graduate Center.
Here demonstrations and material were available throughout
After such a successful conference in 2003,
we look forward to hosting the Third Teaching New York
City History in K-12 Schools Conference in 2005!