For Teachers


Professional Development

The Museum offers professional development programs for upper elementary, middle, and high school teachers as well as other education professionals. Three-hour programs are available to New York City public school teachers free of charge; non-NYC public school groups should contact the Education Department for pricing. Programs are available by appointment only and available to groups of 10-30 teachers. All programs include a guided tour of the Museum’s core exhibition Behind the Screen. Program options include:

Film and Television in the Classroom
Participate in a "Screening America" program and discuss the ways in which movies and television can be used in your classroom to teach English, English as a Second Language, Art, and Social Studies. Available by appointment for groups of 10-30 teachers. Free for NYC Public School teachers. All others contact the education department for rates.

Presidential Campaigns, Television, and the Internet
In this workshop for teachers of Social Studies and English Language Arts, Museum educators work with you to explore the Museum’s online exhibition The Living Room Candidate. Learn about the history of presidential campaign commercials and discuss ways of integrating the site’s resources into your curriculum. Available by appointment for groups of 10-30 teachers. Free for NYC Public School teachers. All others contact the education department for rates.

Video Games and Learning
Discover ways in which video games can be integrated into your curriculum through hands-on demonstrations of video game technology and your own participation in a Video Game Programming Workshop. This session is designed for teachers of Social Studies, Science, Math, and Art. Available by appointment for groups of 10-30 teachers. Free for NYC Public School teachers. All others contact the education department for rates.

Customized Program
Museum Staff is available to work with groups to create customized professional development programs ranging from half-day workshops to multi-day seminars. Catering is available as well. Please contact education@movingimage.us for more information about options and pricing.


Online Resources

The Living Room Candidate: Presidential Campaign Commercials, 1952-2012
This online exhibition presents more than 500 historical presidential campaign commercials from every election year beginning with 1952, when the first campaign ads aired. With nearly four hours of political advertising, interactive learning activities, and lesson plans, this site is a one-of-a-kind resource for teaching your students about the use of Internet and TV advertising in political campaigns. Related on-site programs are also available.


Sloan Science & Film Teacher's Guide
An online collection of 46 award-winning short narrative films that explore science and technology themes and characters, and are available for streaming in your classroom. The accompanying Teacher’s Guide aims to help help educators engage elementary, middle, and high school students in STEM learning around an array of scientific topics, and includes information on each film, possible questions to explore, and science resources for further engagement.