Professional Development for Teachers

Chancellor's Day Teachers Workshop- A Migrating Person Carries Full Dreams: Stories from Chinese America

Mon, January 30, 2017 | 9:30am-12:30pm

Join MOCA in examining America’s journey as a nation of immigrants. Contemplate universal questions like “where is home?” and learn to use the Chinese American experience to teach students about broader themes of immigration, American identity, and xenophobia.

Together, we will tour MOCA’s CORE exhibition, With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America, which explores the diverse layers of the Chinese American experience from the 1840s-1970s, including early migration to the Americas, the 1882 Exclusion Act, Angel Island, Yellowface in Hollywood, and more. We’ll do a series of document- and gallery-based activities, including an opportunity to pore over copies of real Exclusion Act case files from the National Archives and Record’s Administration (NARA). Then, we’ll walk over to 70 Mulberry Street for special access to the MOCA Collections and an introduction to MOCA’s Collections Online.


$12 per person. Coffee and tea provided.

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Workshops for Educators & Practioners!

MOCA provides in-depth professional development opportunities and K‒12 teaching resources which use the museum’s unique exhibitions and collections in a source-based and arts-integrated approach to teaching and learning. Professional development sessions feature special exhibitions and the museum's permanent collection, meet National Common Core Standards of Learning, and enhance teachers' ability to use the Chinese American experience to teach students about broader issues of immigration, community, and citizenship.


MOCA also offers customized trainings, workshops, and tours tailored to your school or department's curriculum and interests. During these workshops, MOCA education staff discusses approaches to inquiry and document-based teaching strategies, and assists teachers in strengthening content knowledge, using the museum's collections to enrich and enliven the teaching of history in the classroom.


Our School and Educator Programs supports Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) standards and state curriculum and instruction in the ELA, Arts, Social Studies, and History.

To plan a workshop, and to book at training session, please contact us!

Past Programs


Beyond General Tso’s: Exploring Chinese Food through Stories of Immigration

Election Day Workshop

Tuesday, November 8th @ 9am - 3pm


Free Curator-led Tour of Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy for NYC Teachers

Thursday, Oct 27th @ 4:30pm – 6pm


Perception & Policy: Immigrant Identity & the Lower East Side

Chancellor's Day Workshop
Thursday, June 9th @ 9am - 3pm


The Chinese Exclusion Act & Immigration in America
NEH Summer Institute for Teachers
July 10 – July 23, 2016 (2 weeks)

"Is Yellow Black or White?" - Asian Americans & Civil Rights!

Chancellor's Day Workshop

Feb. 1, 2016 @ 8:30am - 12:30pm


Inside/Outside: Urban Spaces in Chinatown and the Lower East Side
Election Day Workshop

November 3, 2015 @ 8:30am - 3:30pm


"Asians Never Fail:" Connecting History, Identity, & the Model Minority Myth
Chancellor's Day Workshop

Thu, Jun 4, 2015 @ 10:00am - 1:30pm

Dim Sum & History with MOCA and N-YHS

Chancellor's Day Workshop
Saturday, January 31, 2015 @ 10am - 2pm


Teachers' Night @ MOCA!
Thursday, September 18, 2014 @ 4:30pm - 7pm