Professional Learning for Teachers

Workshops for Educators & Practitioners!

Interested in integrating the history of the Chinese in America into your classroom? MOCA is a NYSED-approved CTLE sponsor and hosts standards-aligned professional learning workshops throughout the year.


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.


Participate in hands-on activities and dynamic gallery tours that explore the diverse history, art, and culture of people of Chinese descent in the United States. Learn how to use MOCA’s rich collections and the Chinese American experience to teach your students about broader issues of power, immigration, community, and inclusion. Workshops utilize a mix of inquiry and primary source-based learning embedded within a culturally relevant, socially just framework.


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.


For more information, to plan a workshop, or to find out how MOCA can be an educational partner, please contact

Past Programs

Building America, Shaping History: the Chinese & the Iron Road

Tuesday, Nov 5, 2019 @ 9am - 2:30pm


Exploring Music & Memory in the Diaspora with MOCA & the Museum at Eldridge Street

Thursday, Jun 6, 2019 @ 9am - 3pm


Chinatown in the Public Imagination: Photography, History, & Memory
Monday, January 28th, 2019 @ 9am - 1pm

Seeing Objects, Finding Stories: Bringing Visual Literacy into the Classroom

Tue. Nov 6, 2018 @ 9:30am -1pm

Unsettling the American West: Rewriting Narratives of Westward Expansion

Thursday, June 7th, 2018 @ 9:00am - 3:00pm


Brooklyn Immigration: 1965-Present in partnership with Brooklyn Connections

Thursday, November 7th, 2017 @ 9:00am - 3:00pm

Free Open House for Educators & Curator-led Tour of FOLD: Golden Venture Paper Sculptures

Thursday, October 26th, 2017 @ 4:30pm - 6:00pm


Role Call: Asian American Visibility on Stage and Screen
Chancellor's Day Workshop
Thursday, June 8th, 2017 @ 9:00am - 3:00pm


A Migrating Person Carries Full Dreams: Stories from Chinese America

Chancellor's Day Workshop

Monday, January 30th, 2017 @ 9:30am-12:30pm


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

Election Day Workshop

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 @ 9am - 3pm


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

Thursday, Oct 27th, 2016 @ 4:30pm – 6pm


The Chinese Exclusion Act & Immigration in America
NEH Summer Institute for Teachers
July 10 – July 22, 2016 (2 weeks)


Perception & Policy: Immigrant Identity & the Lower East Side

Chancellor's Day Workshop
Thursday, June 9th, 2016 @ 9am - 3pm                   


"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