Professional Development

"Maps to me are now dynamic, vibrant, alive and worth engaging”
--Teacher Workshop Participant

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center offers a variety of professional development opportunities for educators. All workshops expand educators’ views of the ways in which they can use maps, not simply to teach geography, but opening up the possibilities for using these resources as starting points for a variety of lessons in various subject areas.
2017 Teacher Fellowship Program

Application deadline: Friday, April 28, 2017

The Map Center is now accepting applications for two teacher fellowships open to public and/or private school teachers and library media specialists.

Teacher fellows will create curriculum materials using digitized maps and documents from the collections of the Leventhal Map Center and the Boston Public Library related to the early colonization of New England (17th and early 18th centuries). Using the Map Center’s new Tools for Teachers website, fellows will create map sets and lesson plans that incorporate historic maps and other primary source documents that further enrich the story of this time period.
Fellows will also take part in teacher trainings at the Map Center, meet with library research staff to deepen their knowledge about the collections, and are highly encouraged to request and use original maps and documents while at the Map Center to further enhance their understanding of these amazing resources.

For more information and how to apply, click here.

Upcoming Workshops

Mapping Meaning: Maps in the Classroom: So Much More Than Geography

How do maps tell stories? How can we use the process of mapping a place, an idea, or an experience to help students see the world in new ways?  Mapping Meaning explores the many ways maps help us understand our world. This will be a day of exploration and creativity where participants will make their own maps to explore the almost infinite possibilities of mapmaking. How would you map the sounds or smells of Copley square? How would you think about the psychogeography of the inside of a busy library? Join educators Doug Healy and Alison Safford for a day to stretch your creative muscles and take away ideas to use in any classroom connected to the power of maps and visuals.

Doug Healy is a teacher, a runner-up winning poet and mapaholic. He has taught English and history in public and private schools on every coast, and currently teaches Humanities at the Academy at Penguin Hall.

Alison Safford is an exhibiting artist and an art teacher at the Cambridge School of Weston, primarily teaching 3D and conceptual topics. She is also a mapaholic, who loves new ideas and teaching students to read images.

WHEN: Saturday, May 13, 9 am—3 pm
AUDIENCE: K-12 classroom teachers and informal educators
LOCATION: Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
PDPS: 6 hour certificate of attendance
COST: $25 (includes materials)
QUESTIONS: or 617-859-2294

Click here for a printable flyer.

Summer 2017 NEH Workshop: "Mapping a New World: Places of Conflict and Colonization in 17th-Century New England"

The Leventhal Map Center was awarded an NEH grant for a Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers category. Two one-week workshops will be held for a total of 72 teachers in July 2017 that explore cultural interactions and conflict as New England became a British colony. Participants will spend time at the Leventhal Map Center, with leading scholars, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Plimoth Plantation and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, among others, exploring maps, documents and historic sites and taking home ideas for teaching this era through a geographic lens.

This workshop will be open to teachers at the national and local level and includes a stipend.

Learn more

To learn about these and other educational programs, please contact

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center (