For Teachers


Professional Development

The Museum offers professional development programs for middle- and high-school teachers, ranging from half-day workshops to multi-day seminars. Workshops are available by appointment only and are offered free of charge to groups of 10 or more teachers. Workshops include:

Utilizing the Museum as a Teaching Resource
Work with Museum educators to explore the educational opportunities provided by Moving Image. Participate in a guided tour, hands-on workshop, and screening program, and learn how these sessions can be incorporated into your class’s curriculum.

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.

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.

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.

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.