History by Design is a program for teachers and students who are interested in diving deeper into social studies, history, and the arts in an experiential learning environment that encourages student voice and multiple perspectives. The program is a year-long after-school club for 15-25 students that meets weekly, and is co-led by a pair of teachers—at least one of whom must be a social studies teacher.
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Have questions? Email HistorybyDesign@schools.nyc.gov
In addition to meeting weekly, Curator Crews will take three-four experiential field trips to cultural institutions that will inspire the creation of their end-of-year culminating project, designing an exhibit. All History by Design Curator Crews will create an exhibit based on their research topic, and present their exhibit at the Culminating Exhibition that will take place in May 2020. Participating teachers will attend four professional learning sessions during which they will explore the social studies practices, the process of creating an exhibition, and how to leverage cultural institutions to complement their Curator Crew’s project.
Art That Inspires Change
This lens is all about examining art’s role in evoking societal change. Art has played a major role in most social movements from the graffiti art on the Berlin Wall to the hope poster created for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. Art has a unique power to change public opinion, get people to think differently/more critically, and inspire them to take action.
Evolving Roles of Wo/men
Gender roles are constantly changing. How has society responded? How has a change in women’s roles affected the role men play and vice versa?
NYC’s Changing Landscapes
Explore how the people, environment, jobs, transportation, culture, housing, neighborhoods, demographics, food, politics, and/or economy of New York City have changed over time.
What Makes a Leader
How do you define a leader? What are some leadership qualities? Whose voices are we not hearing in history and why? Are there any leaders in your community?