JFK Presidential Library and Museum

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Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125, United States

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to the memory of our nation’s thirty-fifth president and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world. Located on a ten-acre park, overlooking the sea that he loved and the city that launched him to greatness, the Library stands as a vibrant tribute to the life and times of John F. Kennedy.

Come tour our Museum which portrays the life, leadership, and legacy of President Kennedy, conveys his enthusiasm for politics and public service, and illustrates the nature of the office of the President.

Students and scholars can also arrange to conduct research using our collection of historical materials chronicling mid-20th century politics and the life and administration of John F. Kennedy.

Experience our Museum through our three theaters, period settings, and 25 dramatic multimedia exhibits, and enter the recreated world of the Kennedy Presidency for a “first-hand” experience of John F. Kennedy’s life, legacy, and leadership.

Shop in our Museum Store or dine in the JFK Café. Walk along the Harborwalk or picnic on our beautiful grounds at the Harbor’s edge. From May to October, President Kennedy’s 26′ sailboat Victura is on display on our grounds.

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Professional Development


Professional Development at JFK

This institute was, by far, the best I have ever attended in all my years of teaching.” — Boston Public School teacher.

The Department of Education and Public Programs of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum provides professional development opportunities for elementary and secondary school educators. These offerings range from day-long conferences to two-week institutes and take place throughout the year. Programs combine opportunities to interact with leaders in the fields of history, public affairs and politics with creative teaching tools and primary source materials.

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308 Congress Street, Boston, MA, United States 2.63 mi

For over 90 years, Boston Children’s Museum has served as a leader in Boston and within the museum community. Boston Children’s Museum engages children and families in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning.

It is a private, non-profit, educational institution that is recognized internationally as a research and development center and pacesetter for children’s exhibitions, educational programs and curriculum. Boston Children’s Museum focuses on three key areas of expertise: visitor programs, teacher resources and early childhood education.

Since its founding by teachers a century ago, Boston Children’s Museum has been a leading destination for memorable field trips and outside-the-classroom learning. We welcome visiting groups from schools, community groups, afterschool programs, childcare centers, and even colleges and corporations to roll up their sleeves, learn together, and interact with our world-class exhibits and staff. We support learning by providing real objects and direct experiences that encourage imagination, curiosity, and questioning. Our environment is informal, but our purpose is serious!

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Professional Development

Professional Development

Boston Children’s Museum has been a national leader in educator professional development for over 40 years.  Our trainings serve educators in early childhood, elementary classrooms, and afterschool environments, and are based on current pedagogical theory and research.  We offer highly participatory and engaging half-day workshops, full-day seminars, and customized workshops, and trainings can take place at Boston Children’s Museum or at your program or school.  Prices are dependent upon the number of sessions, number of attendees, amount of time and location. While we typically work directly with individual schools, afterschool programs or districts, we occasionally provide scheduled workshops that users from anywhere can register for in advance.  Check back on this page periodically for information on these seasonal offerings.  And if you are interested in working with us, please contact us using the information to the right.


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Parent & Educator Resources

Boston Children’s Museum has been creating curriculum, activities and other resources for educators and parents for 100 years. These resources are used in every state in the United States and in over 100 countries around the world, and are rooted in decades of understanding how children learn most effectively, and how adults can best support that learning.

The resources below include the multiple–award winning “Beyond the Chalkboard” website, which was named “Best of the Web – Education Website” and is used by tens of thousands of afterschool professionals all around the world; the STEM Sprouts Teaching Guide, which offers ideas and activities for early childhood educators who teach science, technology, engineering and math; guides for afterschool educators working with English Language Learners and children with autism; and BCM Home Edition – a book of 26 activities that families can try together at home.  Each of these resources is available for free to any parent, teacher or other caregiver that wishes to use them. Click on the links below to find out more.

Beyond the Chalkboard

Voted “Best Education Website” by Museums and the Web, Beyond the Chalkboard is the world’s first free, online multidisciplinary curriculum created specifically for afterschool educators.  The hundreds of activities on this site cover a range of subjects including science, literacy, culture, art, health, math, and engineering in ways that support what’s learned during the school day. Most importantly, by promoting critical “21st century” skills like problem solving, communication, and working collaboratively with peers, we believe the activities, teaching techniques and resources of this curriculum can help prepare kids for life.


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Beyond the Chalkboard is being used in every state in the United States and in over 100 countries (and counting!) around the world, by tens of thousands of educators reaching hundreds of thousands of children. Such a broad community gives us all an opportunity to communicate, share and learn from each other.  Click the link below to visit this website and join this growing community!


Including Children with Autism in Afterschool Settings Guide

Boston Children’s Museum developed the Including Children With Autism in Afterschool Settings Guide alongside experts in Autism, Out-of-School Time (OST) professionals who run inclusive programs, and parents of children with autism to help afterschool staff better support children with Autism Spectrum Disorders at their sites. As the frequency of diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorders steadily increases, this Guide can serve as a platform for enriching professional growth and relevant dialogue for a wide spectrum of OST staff and administrators.

Click below to download two free PDFs: the Including Children With Autism in Afterschool Settings Guide and an accompanying document that includes examples of tools you can use with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in your afterschool program.

Download Including Children with Autism in Afterschool Settings

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Guide to Supporting English Language Learners in OST and Extended Learning Time

Working closely with the Latino After School Initiative, Boston Children’s Museum developed this guide to help Out-of-School Time (OST) staff better support any and all English Language Learners at their sites. As the ELL and bilingual student populations steadily increase at both the state and national levels, we envision this guide serving as a platform for enriching professional growth and relevant dialogue for a wide spectrum of OST staff and administrators. Click below to download this free PDF.

Download the Guide to Supporting English Language Learners in OST and Extended Learning Time

STEM Sprouts Teaching Guide

The STEM Sprouts Teaching Guide is the product of collaboration among National Grid, Boston Children’s Museum, and WGBH. The goal of this guide is to assist preschool educators in focusing and refining the naturally inquisitive behaviors of three- to five-year-olds on science, technology, engineering, and math. It includes general information on how young children explore science topics as well as specific activity suggestions that align with the Massachusetts state guidelines for STEM teaching in early childhood. Click below to download this free PDF.

Download the STEM Sprouts Teaching Guide

BCM Home Edition

Boston Children’s Museum’s mission is to engage children and families in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning. But these kinds of engaging experiences don’t only happen at the Museum…they can happen at home as well.  BCM Home Edition was created to encourage families to explore, learn and grow together through activities that are fun and inspiring and that any family can try at home. Click below to download this free PDF and bring the Boston Children’s Museum home with you!

Download BCM Home Edition


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301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, United States 3.22 mi

Now in its 134th season, the Boston Symphony Orchestra gave its inaugural concert on October 22, 1881, and has continued to uphold the vision of its founder, the businessman, philanthropist, Civil War veteran, and amateur musician Henry Lee Higginson, for well over a century. The Boston Symphony Orchestra has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, South America, and China; in addition, it reaches audiences numbering in the millions through its performances on radio, television, and recordings.

The BSO’S 2013-14 Season continues the orchestra’s extraordinary 132-year tradition of presenting the very best of the classical music world by spotlighting the virtuosic talents of BSO Musicians along with an internationally acclaimed roster of conductors and guest soloists.

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2013-14 Programs

BSO Youth Concerts

The BSO’s Youth Concerts provide an engaging, age-appropriate, and educational orchestral concert experience of the highest quality. Geared toward students in grades 4-6, these concerts act as an introduction to the full orchestra experience, encouraging long-term ownership of orchestral music and the BSO, and delivering positive character development messages through each performance led by Germeshausen Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins.

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BSO Classroom Connections Program

The BSO Classroom Connections Program provides elementary school students with high quality musical performances that offer participating students the opportunity to engage with a range of BSO musicians who the students see onstage during a BSO Youth Concert at Symphony Hall.

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BSO High School Mentorships Program

Taking the form of a sectional coaching or a master class, these high quality instructional sessions allow students and the musician to work together in an environment of mutual respect and mentorship. The program is designed to create meaningful interactive experiences for the students and musician.

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BSO Educators’ Advisory Council

The Educators’ Advisory Council is a group of classroom music educators and fine arts administrators drawn from the greater Boston area.

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BSO High School Open Rehearsals

The BSO’s High School Open Rehearsals program offers students in grades 8-12 an opportunity to observe first-hand the rehearsal experience of a professional orchestra, building their relationship with and ownership of the BSO and orchestral music, and leaving the experience with a greater understanding of the professional rehearsal process.

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Symposium Series for Educators

The Symposium Series for Music Educators serves as a resource for music educators from around the Greater Boston Area, offering the opportunity to learn instrumental methods and techniques from BSO musicians in a focused workshop setting.

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Conducting Workshop with Maestro Thomas Wilkins

The BSO’s Conducting Workshop with Thomas Wilkins serves as a resource for music educators from around the Greater Boston Area, offering the opportunity to learn conducting methods and techniques from Germeshausen Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins in a focused workshop setting.

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Education Resource Centers

Education Resource Centers are Located in Boston and the Berkshires. Download Lesson Plans and Curriculum Kits.

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Leading foundation support for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s education programs is provided by the MetLife Foundation, with additional grants from over thirty private and public foundations.


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137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, MA, United States 33.45 mi

School Groups Field Trips at Plimoth Plantation offer a fascinating and personal look at the lives of the Native Wampanoag People and the Pilgrims, the English who lived in early Plymouth Colony. In addition to a self-guided Museum tour, School groups have a number of options for tailoring their visit. School Groups with a specific interest, such as early gardens, period cookery, colonial religion, Native culture, timber-frame construction, or navigation, may book a speaker through our Professional Speakers Bureau or a Guided Tour.

Our historical theme dining turns what might otherwise be just another restaurant meal into a memorable (and tasty!) addition to your visit for you School Field Trips. We offer themed meals with Pilgrim and or Native hosts, and lunch or dinner with food historians who will teach your School groups just how Miles Standish ate his dinner without a fork. For more about historical or modern-day dining opportunities, go to our School Groups Dining page.

Student School groups also have a variety of choices to expand their stay, including Wampanoag School field trip enhancements, hands-on workshops, historical dining programs and overnight programs. We would be happy to combine any of these to create a package suitable to your needs. For more about our student school groups programs, go to our Education Programs section.

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Professional Development

“Hands down, the best professional development opportunity I’ve ever had!”

Teachers learn to row the Mayflower II ship's boat during a professional development workshop


Our professional development programs draw upon the expertise and wealth of resources that make Plimoth Plantation one of the most well-known and respected living history museums in the country. Workshops are taught by Native and non-Native presenters. In addition to covering historical content that meets state and national curriculum standards, workshops also address the processes of studying American History and effective methods for incorporating museum resources into the classroom. Designed to excite and inspire teachers, our programs blend classroom instruction with hands-on, experiential activities and visits to the Museum’s living history sites. Recent workshops include a Landmarks of American History Summer Institute and Teaching American History (TAH) partnerships with dozens of schools from across the country.

We offer:

Individual Registrant Workshops

Customized Group Programs (including TAH)

Week-long Packages with the New England Historic Sites Collaborative (NEHSC)

For more information, or to reserve a program, call (508) 503-2653, or email us at groupsales@plimoth.org.

To receive special offers, and regular updates on Plimoth Plantation’s educational programs, sign up for our Education Mailing List.


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2 Institute Drive, Concord, NH 03301, United States 67.73 mi
(603) 271-7827 (W-F 8 AM-5 PM)(603) 271-7827 (W-F 8 AM-5 PM)
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Hidden in Concord, New Hampshire is the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. An educational journey to this Discovery Center is sure to appeal to anyone and everyone. The Discovery center offers has an amazing collection of innovative, interactive exhibits to explore engaging in anything from into the exploration in astronomy, aviation, earth and space science.

Visitors can finds themselves immersed in a world of its own delving into an excellent learning environment with programs designed for all ages! With a state of the Planetarium theater to high tech observatory to workshops for younger audiences and educators, there is something for everyone at this Discovery Center in Concord, New Hampshire. Come Experience New England’s premier Space Science and Air Center. 

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model rocket launchFor a list of the upcoming Teacher Workshops, visit our calendar.Download the 2013-2014 Educator’s Guide to the Universe (4.7MB pdf format) Professional Development Targeting NH State Science Frameworks and NECAP assessment, the topics of our professional development workshops will assist you in your efforts to be well informed with content knowledge and practically equipped to teach these required topics.Professional development workshops are offered on the third Wednesday of the month in November 2013 and January, March, and May 2014 from 9 AM to 3:30 PM. The workshop fee is $100. You may bring your own bagged lunch or purchase a lunch at NHTI. Graduate credit is available through Plymouth State University for an additional $185 per credit plus a $30 one-time per term registration fee.
professional development Workshops at your location: You can also arrange for us to offer any of the current workshops at a location of your choosing in a single session or spread across multiple sessions. Offsite workshops require a minimum of 5 enrolled participants, plus mileag


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Teen Programs

The Discovery Center hosts a variety of Programs and Workshops that are designed just for Teens age 13 to 19!  Asides from all the offerings including a visit to center, we have programs that are going to stimulate your mind the world of space exploration that is sure to educational and fun! 

Astronomy Bowl

The Astronomy Bowl is a statewide competition for high school students to compete by answering questions about constellations, planets, stars, and other objects projected in the Discovery Center’s state-of-the-art planetarium. The awards and scholarship money are formally presented during our Aerospacefest event. The winners will also receive special recognition at the State House from the Governor and the members of the Executive Council. Learn how to participate in the next Astronomy Bowl!

Space Camp Scholarships

Apply to Fly! Learn more about this fabulous program that honors the life of Alex Higgins by providing New Hampshire children the opportunity to attend Space Camp.


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