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Super-charge student engagement with digital literacy and media activities for all grades and content areas.

Museum of the Moving Image offers professional development programs for upper elementary, middle, and high school teachers of all content areas, as well as other education professionals.  Join us to learn how to introduce your classroom to the moving image: a diverse art form that encompasses film, television, video games, animation, and other multimedia that capture image motion. Guided by a media educator, teachers explore using the moving image as an instructional tool for engaging students with fun media activities. Interactive web pages, animated social media content, GIFs, and live broadcasts are also forms of the moving image, and featured in our professional development programs.

All activities presented in our programs are easily modifiable for a wide range of learners, and help engage students in diverse subjects, including social studies, civics, English language arts, math, science, art, and English as a second language. Professional development classes and workshops are offered virtually and onsite in the Museum’s Digital Learning Suite, where social distancing is currently in place. Every session includes hands-on media-making. Teachers receive CTLE credit for all courses and workshops.

Museum of the Moving Image PD for Teachers includes:

  • Hands-on media activities and lesson plans aligned to learning standards
  • A range of programs for teacher professional development, ranging from short workshop sessions to tailorable partnerships that include coaching and game kits


For the 2021–22 school year, we are sponsoring a Teacher Challenge, open to all NYC public school teachers. Every teacher who joins the Museum Image Masterminds Challenge will earn a digital badge in the moving image and enter a lesson plan contest for the chance to win a teacher recognition award and have student work displayed at the Museum.

You may complete the challenge on your own, or sign up for an introductory orientation session. Open sessions are offered for coaching every first and last Tuesday of the month. The first 50 teachers to register for the Moving Image Masterminds Challenge will receive a free welcome kit, featuring custom-made Museum of the Moving Image games to use in the classroom, accompanied by a game activity book featuring the history of film, TV, and video games. For more information, email us at [email protected].


For a limited number of schools, we provide school partnerships of semester-long and year-long moving image programs that include lesson plans, tool kits, museum field trips, and coaching from a media educator. Schools select one theme for their year-long or semester-long partnership: media puppetry, video game design, filmmaking, or civics. Schools also have the option of choosing whether they would like to have a Museum Media Instructor lead a moving image class for students (meeting once or twice weekly) or receive a curriculum guide and teacher coaching. We are now accepting applications for school partnerships. To apply, please complete this application. A representative from the Museum will get in touch with you about your application. 

Through our workshops and short courses, NYC teachers can earn CTLE hours. With moving image activities like animation, puppetry, game design, web design, and documentary and narrative filmmaking, teachers will enhance their digital literacy skills and increase student engagement. Workshops vary in price, depending on the CTLE hours being offered. Workshops are available onsite, virtually, or in a hybrid format. Subscribe here to our monthly educator newsletter, to stay up to date on all professional development events and schedules. 


Request a tailored professional development session for your school. Three-hour programs are available to New York City public school teachers free of charge; non-NYC public school groups should contact the Education Department for pricing at [email protected] Programs can be offered onsite or virtually, and are available by appointment only for groups of 10–30 teachers. All programs include a guided tour of the Museum’s core exhibition Behind the Screen. Program options include:


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. Available by appointment for groups of 10–30 teachers. Free for NYC Public School teachers. All others contact the education department for rates.

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. Available by appointment for groups of 10–30 teachers. Free for NYC Public School teachers. All others contact the education department for rates.

President Eisenhower shooting a TV commercial behind his desk in the White House
Student at an arcade game

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. Available by appointment for groups of 10–30 teachers. Free for NYC Public School teachers. All others contact the education department for rates.

Customized Program

Museum staff is available to work with groups to create customized professional development programs ranging from half-day workshops to multi-day seminars. Catering is available as well. Please contact [email protected] for more information about options and pricing.

Museum staff laughing