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Teacher Resource Update


Caption: Students examine an art installation at the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
Photograph by Jin Lee, 9/11 Memorial.

Discussing 9/11 with students isn’t an easy task. With the approach of both the 15th anniversary of the attacks and a new school year, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum is committed to providing a variety of resources to assist educators in integrating this essential content into their classrooms.

Teens listening to live speakers in the Museum auditorium.
Photograph by Jin Lee

In honor of the 15th anniversary of 9/11, the Education department is excited to offer a nationwide live webinar for students as a part of the Museum’s Anniversary in the Schools initiative. The interactive program will be broadcast live on Monday, September 12 and Tuesday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (EST). Participants will be introduced to the Museum, learn about 9/11, and hear from Ada Dolch, a former principal in lower Manhattan. Dolch was responsible for safely evacuating her students on 9/11 at the same time her sister, Wendy Wakeford, was at work on the 105th floor of the North Tower. In 2005, Dolch helped establish a school in Afghanistan in memory of her sister, who was killed. Participants will have the chance to submit questions during the webinar. To register, click here.

A Museum educator leading high school students through an educational workshop.
Photograph by Jin Lee

Onsite, the Museum offers a diverse set of inquiry-driven workshops that challenge students to think critically about a wide range of topics related to 9/11. Utilizing artifacts both large and small, students discover the individual stories of the victims, survivors, and witnesses who interacted with those objects.

Teachers taking part in an after school professional development workshop discuss the enduring repercussions of the 9/11 attacks.
Photograph by Jin Lee

The Museum also offers a range of professional developmentopportunities for teachers. Full-day foundational workshops examine the 9/11 attacks and offer strategies for incorporating primary sources into the classroom as entry points. Shorter afterschool workshops explore a specific theme connected to 9/11. Past themes include Repercussions of 9/11, Understanding 9/11 for Young Learners, and Media Literacy and 9/11. The Museum also hosts a joint session with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History entitled “9/11 and American Memory” each summer.

For educators unable to travel to the site, a wide range of interactive timelines and lesson plans for all ages are available online. Each lesson is tied to Common Core Standards and connected to the Museum’s collection. Organized by theme, they are written for use throughout the school year and across subjects, including Social Studies, History, English Language Arts, and Art.

section of the 9/11 Memorial Museum website.Teach and LearnFor more information about these programs and others, please visit the Teach and Learn section of the 9/11 Memorial Museum website.


About NCHE

The National Council for History Education promotes historical literacy by creating opportunities for teachers and students to benefit from more history, better taught.