Teaching NYC History, K-12
The Gotham Center is dedicated to supporting student achievement by providing quality professional learning for teachers. Gotham Ed, its K-12 division, develops and disseminates courses, institutes, and programs for the teaching and learning of New York City history through partnerships with various governmental and educational organizations, such as the City University of New York and NYC Department of Education, as well as local cultural institutions and neighborhood community groups. We aim to be the place where educators come to learn about New York City's history, get the resources they need, and develop successful pedagogy.
Hear Mike Wallace's lecture on the subject here.
"Since its seventeenth century inception, Gotham has been increasingly crucial to the country’s economy, society, politics and culture, whether in its experiencing of common trends — democratization, immigration, industrialization, social movements, consumerism, corporatization, globalization — or in its serving as critical portal to the planet, funneling capital, labor, commodities, and ideas from the wider world to the developing continent. It is these interlinks that make New York City such a superb vantage point from which from which to examine the American experience.
There is not a single major chapter in U.S. history that cannot profitably be illuminated by exploring how it unfolded in Gotham, and how its outcome here shaped the contours of the larger national experience. And that’s what we’re doing with our Gotham Education programs: demonstrating how the study of New York City’s history can help students make sense of the history of America."
— Mike Wallace