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2019-20

 

Program Features

Middle school teachers (grades 6-8) are invited to apply to be part of the History by Design program to launch a ’Curator Crew‘ after-school club at their school. 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. Each Curator Crew will select a topic related to one of four critical lenses (descriptions can be found here):

  • Art That Inspires Change
  • NYC’s Changing Landscape
  • Evolving Roles of Wo/men
  • What Makes a Leader 


In addition to meeting weekly, Curator Crews will take three to four experiential field trips to cultural institutions that will inspire the creation of their culminating project, designing a museum exhibit. All field trips will be paid for by the History by Design program. 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 at the end of May 2020.

Participating teacher-pairs will attend four professional learning sessions that will take place on school days in October, December, January, and March. At each session, teachers will explore topics in social studies, history, and the arts through the social studies practices, the process of creating an exhibition, and how to leverage cultural institutions to complement their Curator Crew’s project. Professional learning days will take place on school days, and the History by Design program will cover the cost of per diem substitute coverage for all teachers in attendance. Participating teachers are eligible to receive up to 40 hours of per session for time spent outside of regular school hours planning for, and facilitating the after-school Curator Crew club. Teachers will receive on and off-site support from the History by Design program.

Each teacher-pair selected to participate in the program must attend all four full-day professional learning sessions, schedule at least one site visit with the History by Design program manager, and support their student Curator Crew in creating and presenting a museum exhibit project for the Culminating Exhibition. Click the 'Apply' button below to begin the application. Applications are due by Wednesday, September 25, 2019 and the Principal Letter of Support is due by Friday, September 27, 2019.

Program Goals

Through the History by Design program, students will learn to see themselves, and insert themselves into history. They will learn about history through primary sources, art, artifacts, and historical figures from experts in the field. They will use critical thinking skills to broaden dominate narratives, investigate history from multiple perspectives, and gain exposure to a wide variety of cultural institutions. Students will brainstorm, research, plan, and create an exhibition based on a topic of their choosing, and inspired by trips to museums. They will gain experience in working as a group on a year-long project designed to make social studies, the arts, and history come to life by making it accessible and relevant to their day-to-day lives. Students will have the opportunity to present their work as a team, and actively participate in a gallery walk of other Curator Crew’s work at the Culminating Exhibition.

Teachers will learn how to create an after-school club at their school, engage local cultural institutions in a meaningful way, facilitate experiential learning opportunities for their students, and cultivate critical thinking and individual voice within their students.

Program Structure

  • A pair of teachers will run each after-school Curator Crew meeting, and at least one teacher must be a social studies teacher. The second teacher can teach in any subject but partnering with your school’s art teacher is encouraged.
  • Both teachers must be able to meet with their after-school Curator Crew at least once a week and keep in regular communication with the History by Design program manager and the cultural institutions that are hosting field trips for their Crew.
  • Both teachers must be able to take the Curator Crew on all three or four field trips scheduled for the group. 
  • Teacher-pairs selected to participate will be expected to attend all four full-day professional learning sessions in October, December, January, and March from 8:30am-3:00pm; per diem substitute coverage will be provided.
  • By early November directly following the first professional learning session, teachers will recruit a group of 15-25 students in grades 6, 7, and/or 8 to participate in History by Design.
  • Over the course of the program, teachers will share their club schedule, activities, successes, and challenges with the History by Design program manager, and will receive free resources and tools to support the launch and implementation of the after-school Curator Crew.
  • Teacher-pairs will collaborate regularly with the History by Design program manager through site visits and email and phone communications to support their participation in the program throughout the school year and the Culminating Exhibition in May 2020.
  • Teacher-pairs must work with students and their families to arrange for their participation in the History by Design Culminating Exhibition that will be held in May 2020.
  • Participating teachers are eligible to receive up to 40 hours of per session for time spent outside of regular school hours planning for, and facilitating the after-school Curator Crew club.

 

Timeline

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Application Deadline

Friday, September 27, 2019
Principal Letter of Acknowledgment and Support Deadline

Week of October 7, 2019

Teachers accepted to program are notified

October 2019

Teacher-pairs begin recruiting students for their after-school Curator Crew

Tuesday October 26, 2019

Professional learning session 1

Teacher-pairs select their field trips

Thursday December 19, 2019

Professional learning session 2

Thursday January 16, 2020

Professional learning session 3

Thursday March 31, 2020

Professional learning session 4

November 2019-April 2020

Curator Crews participate in field trips to cultural institutions

Teacher-pairs schedule site visit with History by Design program manager

Teacher-pairs support their Curator Crews in creating their exhibit

Teachers and students document History by Design work

April-May 2020

Teachers guide students through preparation for presenting and sharing their museum exhibit at the Culminating Exhibition

May 2029

Culminating Exhibition

 

How to Apply

  • Click the 'Apply' button below to complete the application questions on the following screens. Make sure to click ‘Finish’ on the last screen to complete the application. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application.
  • Download the Program Overview and review it with your principal and other stakeholders.
  • Ask your principal to complete the Principal Letter of Support. It will be sent by email from HistorybyDesign@schools.nyc.gov to confirm that your principal is aware of the time commitment necessary for participation and will support you in starting and maintaining a Curator Crew at your school, attending field trips, and creating a final exhibit. Applications that do not include a Principal Letter of Support will not be considered. Principal Letters of Support will be accepted through Friday, September 27. 

 

Tips for Success

To be sure that you have successfully completed and submitted your application, please note the following:

  • Consider drafting your responses to the open-ended questions offline to make sure you are able to edit and save your responses, and to avoid being timed out of the application.
  • Make sure you have reviewed and finalized your responses prior to clicking the ‘Finish’ button.
  • Following submission of your application, check the email address that you provided in your application to be sure that you have received a confirmation email from HistorybyDesign@schools.nyc.gov. We look forward to receiving your application.