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Professional Development

Make Your City Your Classroom

The Living City Project is thrilled to offer a professional development workshop for educators seeking to design immersive, field-based experiences that engage with the city as a classroom.

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The Living City Project pursues the principles of experiential education, inspired by John Dewey, Kurt Hahn, learning science, and civic engagement best practices. We believe that immersive experiences make learning deeper, more meaningful and “stickier.”

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This 5-day workshop will take place in New York City from July 17-21 (with an optional extra day).

We take educators on a journey from theory to practice, beginning with in-depth discussions of Dewey, Hahn and others, then moving quickly to immersive fieldwork- exploring topics ranging from social justice, immigration, public space, environmental justice, food equity, literature and art, architecture, urban politics and policy- and ending with the design of specific projects for your classroom.


  • Understand why and how experiential learning works

  • Move beyond “field trips” to do deep experiential “field work”

  • Become immersed in and comfortable with experiential education techniques

  • Connect your existing classroom lesson plans to specific places and experiences in NYC or your home city 

  • Make scholarship more relevant by exploring the built environment, public spaces, neighborhoods, monuments and memorials as your classroom

  • Address diverse learning styles through visual, auditory, kinesthetic and active learning

  • Come away with ideas for civic engagement, service learning and mutual aid projects



We can make suggestions for housing options in NYC. 



To express interest, please email us at


Program Cost (lunches and some dinners included; housing not included)

$850 (financial aid available)

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