Teacher Workshops

Teacher Workshops

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370 Zoo Road, Jacksonville, FL, United States

Escape to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for the only walking safari in Northeast Florida. Discover the earth’s wildlife through interactive and educational experiences. A true family adventure, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is growing and changing daily and is dedicated to consistently improving.  Beginning in 2004 with Range of the Jaguar and continuing with Giraffe Overlook and Savanna Blooms garden, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is quickly becoming a world-class establishment. The Zoo has something for everyone with more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 varieties of plants. Whether you are a visitor to Florida’s First Coast or a lifetime resident, we invite you to experience the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens through interactions with people, wildlife and the environment.

 
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Jacksonville Zoo and Garden

Teachers and Educators 

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is home to approximately 275 species of animals (approximately 1,400 individuals) and approximately 2,000 species of plants from around the world.  It is also the field trip destination for nearly 100,000 school students, teachers and chaperones every year from as far away as Columbia, SC & Savannah, GA, to Orlando & Tallahassee, FL.  Whether you are studying Life Cycles, Adaptations, Animal Behavior or Ecosystems, there is plenty to see and do while visiting the Zoo.

Learn more about Field Trips

Learn more about On-site Education Programs

Learn more about Outreach, a program that brings the animals to you

Learn more about Your Visit

FIELD TRIP SEASONAL WARNING

March, April & May are the busiest months for school Field trips.  Nearly 50,000 or 50% of our annual field trip attendance occurs during these spring months.  It is strongly recommended that if you want to schedule a field trip during this time that you make your reservation in January.  If you are local or want to avoid the spring rush, we highly recommend that you visit in the fall and winter.


Teacher & Educator Workshops

Whether you are a classroom teacher, home schooling parent, museum or park service educator, the Zoo’s Education Department Teacher & Educator Workshops are geared to help you engage your students in environmental education.

Throughout the year we offer Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), Project WILD (Wildlife in Learning Design) and Project Learning Tree Workshops at the Zoo.  If you are interested in having any or all of these workshops held at your school or facility, we are able to coordinate and facilitate them to suit your needs at the Jacksonville Zoo and garden in Florida.

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100 15th St SW, Washington, DC, United States

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Federal support guarantees the Museum’s permanent place on the National Mall, and its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors.

In addition to its leadership training programs, the Museum sponsors on-site and traveling exhibitions, educational outreach, Web site, campus outreach and Holocaust commemorations, including the nation’s annual observance in the U.S. Capitol.

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum For Teachers and Educators

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum promotes the responsible teaching of the Holocaust through a variety of programs to help the nation’s educators increase their knowledge of Holocaust history and implement sound teaching strategies. The annual Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Conference for Teachers attracts up to 200 middle and secondary teachers from around the United States each year. In addition, the Education Division offers workshops and conferences in Washington, D.C. and in local communities throughout the country, as well as an on-line workshop. Skilled secondary school teachers can participate in the Museum Teacher Fellowship Program and join a national corps of educators who serve as leaders in Holocaust education in their schools, communities, and professional organizations. The Regional Education Corps (REC), a group of master teachers drawn from the Museum Teacher Fellowship Program, assists the Museum in implementing educational programming on a national level.

The Museum also supports a study tour to Germany, Poland, and Israel for secondary school educators. The Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teacher Program is co-sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers, the Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, and the Jewish Labor Committee.

ONLINE WORKSHOP

This online workshop includes video segments from a workshop presented in Baltimore, Maryland. The guidelines and methodological suggestions in these video segments are at the core of every teacher workshop and conference presented by the Museum. They are offered here for teachers who are unable to attend a professional development program presented by the Museum in Washington, DC. In addition to video of the actual workshop session, segments include historical and artifact photographs, text, and links to related sites within the Museum’s Web site.

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The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. To reach those individuals and communities that might not otherwise have access to this education, the Museum has developed a number of programs for youth in the local Washington, DC, region and throughout the country.

LOCAL AND NATIONAL YOUTH OUTREACH PROGRAMS

MUSEUM CONTACT

For more information, please contact:

Jesse Nickelson, EdD

Director, Youth and Community Initiatives

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW

Washington, DC 20024-2126

(T) 202.314.1768

(F) 202.314.7888

E-mail: jnickelson@ushmm.org

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15 West 28th Street, New York, NY, United States

Since 1984, TADA! has been providing young people of all different backgrounds, including a large number of disadvantaged children and families, the opportunity to explore and perform musical theater together in an educational, supportive, and professional environment. Every year, TADA! produces three original musical theater productions with a discounted ticket program; free pre-professional training and youth development opportunities through the Resident Youth Ensemble composed of over 65 NYC kids ages 8-18; renowned Arts Education in-school residencies and after-school programs that are subsidized by our funders; and theater classes for kids of all ages taught by professional teaching artists and for which need-based scholarships are readily available.

 

 

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TADA Theater for Students

Professional Development Workshops for Students

TADA! is a place to develop your skills through professional training, performances and a vast support network. Whether you are just starting out or have been studying and performing since you were little, somethings always happening at TADA!: musical theater, improvisation, acting, performing in our productions, internships and more.

If you’re interested in training and performance, then consider auditioning for ourResident Youth Ensemble. If you get in, you’ll have opportunities to perform in original musicals at our Off-Broadway theater for family audiences. Plus we offer college preparation assistance, paid internships, advanced theater classes and more!

And, of course, you can check out TADA!’s current mainstage musical productions.

The TADA! Resident Youth Ensemble

At the heart of TADA! is the Ensemble, a unique, award-winning, completely free, pre-professional theater training and youth development program for more than 65 children aged 8-18 who come from across the NY metro area. Membership in the Ensemble is by audition only, and members perform in mainstage productions and at special events throughout NYC. However, the program doesn’t end there! Youth development activities range from transportation subsidies to small group mentoring with TADA! staff, to college preparation and tours to free snacks during rehearsals. In addition to theater skills, Ensemble Members improve their abilities in teamwork, time management, public speaking, positive communication, and conflict resolution.

Over 1,000 kids have been part of the TADA! productions and Ensemble program since 1984.

Check the Resident Youth Ensemble FAQ

For detailed information, please contact Angie McCormack, Stage Manager, at amccormack@tadatheater.com or by calling 212.252.1619 x131.

TADA!’s Resident Youth Ensemble Program is supported in part by the Heart & Soul Foundation, The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.

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TADA Theater for Teachers

Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

TADA! recognizes that teachers are students as well, looking for new ways to reach as many of their children as possible. By offering professional development to schools, TADA! provides effective Arts Education methodologies and tangible lesson plans that connect teacher practices to the NYS Learning Standards and NYC DOE Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts. TADA! also works to inspire and re-inspire teachers and to provide a comfort level with using theater and musical theater in the classroom.

TADA! Teaching Artists introduce classroom teachers to theater and provides them with skills necessary to enhance their academic curricula through the arts; engage in theater games and improvisation; become comfortable with basic directing and choreographing; and use theater for conflict resolution. Workshops include: Playwriting, Integrating Literacy and Theater Arts, Movement Games, Living Biography, Diction/Speech/Dialects, Early Childhood Teaching Techniques and Dalcroze Method (musical training through movement).

Selected Biographies of our Education Staff & Teaching Artists

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6000 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT, United States

Shelburne Museum is a must visit location for School Groups of all Grades and ages. The museum  offers a unique collection of over 150,000 works including Impressionist paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles, decorative arts, furniture, American paintings, and a dazzling array of 17th-to 20th-century artifacts. The collections are housed in 39 buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds.

Impressionist paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles, decorative arts, furniture, American paintings, and a dazzling array of 17th-to 20th-century artifacts are on view. Shelburne is home to the finest museum collections of 19th-century American folk art, quilts, 19th- and 20th-century decoys, and carriages.

The Museum’s collections, educational programs for School Groups and teachers, special events, workshops, activities, and special exhibitions constantly offer new perspectives on four centuries of art and material culture, assuring visitors a museum experience unlike any other.

Professional Development for Teachers and Workshops

We invite educators to join us each spring and fall for professional development opportunities.

Shelburne Museum is proud to partner with Turning Points in American History to provide professional development for educators in the social studies.

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30 Plant Street, Ogdensburg, NJ, United States

mining artifacts at sterling hill mining museum

Mineralogy & Mining Education

The Sterling Hill Mining Museum is dedicated to educating teachers and their students about natural resource issues, with particular reference to the State of New Jersey.

Our education programs explore such topics as the geology and mineralogy of New Jersey, our nonrenewable resources (metals, nonmetals, and fuels), how those resources have been extracted and used over time, and, in a global sense, how our present lives are shaped by the materials available to us. We work within the broad fields of the STEM core subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), which we often explore not only in their current but also historical contexts.

All of our educational offerings are aligned with New Jersey core curriculum standards and are designed to be implemented by teachers within the context of their existing school curriculum.

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Education: College-Level Instruction

Sterling Hill has long been a destination of choice for universities interested in introducing their students to concepts of geology, ore deposit formation, mineralogy, and industrial process technology through field trips. For decades that function was filled by the New Jersey Zinc Company, operators of the Sterling Hill mine until its closure in 1986.

We continue that tradition by offering the following, either singly or in any desired combination:

  • Underground and surface field instruction at Sterling Hill
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Mineral collecting opportunities, including nighttime collecting for fluorescent minerals
  • Off-site field trips to other localities nearby

In addition, our three Ph.D. geologists can offer local expertise on a variety of research topics, including technical support of thesis research at the baccalaureate and advanced degree levels. We regularly cooperate with university professors and their students on aspects of the local mineralogy and geology, and are eager to see more studies done in the area to continue the flow of knowledge. More remains to be learned than is known thus far.

College groups interested in field trips to Sterling Hill are encouraged to contact Dr. Earl Verbeek at shmm@ptd.net, or by phone at 973-209-7212, to discuss their plans and obtain a price quote. Prices depend on the combination of services desired and the length of time required, but as a rough guide, count on $20 per student for an all-day tour, plus $5 admission fee and $1.50/lb if mineral collecting at Sterling Hill is to be added. Off-site field trips will be slightly more expensive, as will lectures and seminars due to preparation time. Research support is generally offered gratis as long as the results are intended for publication.

Campgrounds are available nearby for groups wishing to spend more than one day in the area, and the town of Franklin, only 2.5 miles distant, offers a full complement of fast-food restaurants for inexpensive dinner fare.

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Discounted Admission for All Members of the New Jersey Education Association

Teacher Instruction

We proudly offer a $1.00 discount on admission to all New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) members and their accompanying relatives.

Why Discounted Admission to Educators?

This access will provide New Jersey educators with numerous valuable opportunities — to preview the museum in preparation for class trips for their students, to gather valuable information and resources as they prepare to teach earth science and history in their classrooms, and much more.

Approximately 30,000 students visit us annually on about 400 class trips. The Sterling Hill Mining Museum works in partnership with New Jersey educators in a wide range of exciting education programs at the museum as well as in New Jersey classrooms.

This program offering discounted admission to New Jersey educators is designed to extend and deepen the relationships we already have established.

Our Commitment to Education

Teacher Resources

Sterling Hill’s education committee has made available several free resources to make class trips to the Sterling Hill Mining Museum more successful and productive: Information SheetsLesson Plans and Student Surveys.

Professional Workshops for Instructors

Sterling Hill Mining Museum is a State-registered provider of professional development training for teachers.

We offer scheduled On-site WorkshopsOff-Site Training and Field Trips. Our scheduled workshops are also announced through the NJSSI List-Serv system.

NJEA membership benefits   Check out the NJEA Member Benefits

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7 Congress Street, Portland, ME, United States

The Portland Museum of Art, founded in 1882, is Maine’s oldest and largest public art institution. The Museum’s architecturally significant buildings unite three centuries that showcase the history of American art and culture. The Museum’s collection of more than 17,000 objects includes decorative and fine arts dating from the 18th century to the present. The heart of the Museum’s collection is the State of Maine Collection, which features works by artists such as Winslow Homer, Marsden Hartley, Rockwell Kent, John Marin, Louise Nevelson, and Andrew Wyeth. The Museum has the largest European art collection in Maine. The major European movements from Impressionism through Surrealism are represented by the Joan Whitney Payson, Albert Otten, and the Isabelle and Scott Black Collection, which include works by Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, René Magritte, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, and Auguste Rodin. The Elizabeth B. Noyce Collection, a bequest of 66 paintings and sculptures, has transformed the scope and quality of the Museum’s American collection, bringing to the Museum its first paintings by George Bellows, Alfred Thompson Bricher, and Jamie Wyeth, and adding masterpieces to the collection by Childe Hassam, Fitz Henry Lane, and N. C. Wyeth. In addition to exhibitions, the Museum has constantly changing educational programs, family festivals, lectures, art classes, musical concerts, bookgroups, art camps, gallery talks, and much more.

The Museum’s collection is housed in three architecturally significant buildings

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Teacher Preview Nights

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 “Fine Lines: American Drawings from the Brooklyn Museum”

Art in Process: Winslow Homer, High School Students, and Creativity

High School students discover the art of Winslow Homer and his life in Maine then create works of art based on their own personal interpretations of “a sense of place in art.”

Winslow Homer Illustrations: A Master Teachers Project

Share the Museum’s treasure-trove of Homer illustrations from Harper’s Weekly with your students! These innovative lesson plans for grades K-12 will spark your creativity for presenting the Museum’s digitized collection of Homer illustrations in your classroom.

Discovering Place

This teacher resource website features lesson plans using Winslow Homer’s Weatherbeaten(1894) and Frederic Edwin Church’s Mount Katahdin from Millinocket Camp (1895). The 29 curriculum units for grades K-12 focus on the theme of “a sense of place in art.”

Artful Assessment

Highlighting great works of art from the Portland Museum of Art’s collections, Artful Assessment demonstrates how the visual arts integrate with a variety of content areas through lesson plans in language arts, science, social studies, and the visual arts.

AccessOnline

Designed for student use, AccessOnline is a free interactive Web site featuring five “Interactivities” that introduce students to 19th-century American art and architecture at the Portland Museum of Art.

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Queens, 228-06 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston, NY, United States

The Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC), a nonprofit environmental education organization, is dedicated to educating children and adults in the New York metropolitan area, protecting and preserving Alley Pond Park, open spaces and waterbodies, and advocating for sustainable environmental policies and practices.

Our nature trails traverse ponds, salt marshes, forests and meadows where visitors will see shore birds, migrating flocks, and a variety of small animals. Or, visitors can attend one of APEC’s many environmentally-informed programs for children and adults. Please explore our website to learn more.

APEC is dedicated to establishing awareness, understanding and appreciation of the environment and to preserving nature in an urban setting. The building is open 7 days a week, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for major holidays. Please check the calendar for closures. Walking trails are open from dawn to dusk, year ‘round. Parking and entrance to the building and grounds is free.

Student Internships

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Students Internship Programs (High School) at Alley Pond Environmental Center

High School Field Biology Internship for Students in Sophomores and Juniors & High School Senior Independent Internship for Seniors

The Students internship programs introduce students to environmental field studies. Students learn how to conduct practical filed research through examination of water, soil, and air quality, and biodiversity.

Students will gain confidence in scientific inquiry and learn the basics of research techniques and species identification as we explore and understand the 635 + acres of Alley Pond Park. Having taken Living Environment before attending this internship is a bonus, but not required.

Applicant Students must submit a completed Field Biology Internship Application.

Field Biology Internships (FBI)

Costs and Materials

The Syllabus

The syllabus is full of many interesting topics that scientists encounter in their studies of the environment. From air and water quality to ecosystem biodiversity, students will experience new challenges each class. Every year new topics are added and expanded. Past classes have focused on Estuary Fauna, Pond Scum, GPS and Orienteering, Water, Soil and Air Testing and Biodiversity.

Call Field Biology Internship educator Kimesha Reid Grant at 718-229-4000 ext. 202 for this year’s syllabus and more information.

Costs and Materials

The Students internships are FREE, and are underwritten by The New York City Environmental Fund. Each student will receive a FREE field notebook, Field Guides and Dichotomous Keys.

Depending on the syllabus for each semester, students will use a variety of field materials such as:

Binoculars (Students Program)
Magnifying Glasses (Students Program)
Field Guides (Students Program)
Field Books (Students Program)
Dichotomous Keys (Students Program)
Sampling Nets (Students Program)
Seine Nets (Students Program)
Weather Station (Students Program)
Water Testing Supplies (Students Program)
Soil Testing Supplies (Students Program)
Air Quality Testing Supplies (Students Program)
Compass (Students Program)
GPS (Students Program)
Refractometer (Students Program)
Clinometers (Students Program)
and more…

The Senior Independent Internships

Students must be High School seniors

Seniors and Students who are interested in the Senior Independent Internship can contact us for information on setting-up a program that interests them.

Applications  by Students must be submitted by the dates listed above, under Semester Details. Please call well in advance of these deadlines, to ensure enough time to develop your program.

Our Classroom

Most of our sessions will begin at the Padavan Pavilion, the Outdoor Classroom at APEC. After a discussion on the topic and materials for that week, we venture out into the park to further explore the day’s subject in a more hands-on manner.

Students should come to class dressed according to the weather (ex. boots, rain gear, gloves, winter coats), since we are almost always outside for the full three-hour class. It is suggested that you bring a change of shoes and socks, along with insect repellent and sunscreen. Other than these few things, students are only required to bring a pencil or pen to most classes.

Our Students

Students who apply and participate in our program study at public and private high schools from all over New York City and Long Island.

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Teacher Workshops at Alley Pond Environmental Center

Teachers Workshop

All of the courses below are adaptable for teachers in grades K – 12

If there is a topic that you prefer, the Education Department can customize a program for you.

Fees vary. Please contact the Education Department to discuss your needs! (718) 229-4000.

Mammals And Their Young

This course focuses on mammalian reproduction. Teachers will examine this vertebrate animal group to explore developmental differences and similarities among the bearing and rearing of mammals and sub groups of mammals; marsupials and monotremes. Each group will be classified by their unique characteristics and basic life functions through inquiry-based methods. Participants will incorporate this life science information into the science curriculum to meet NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.

Natural Adaptations With Seasonal Changes: Autumn To Winter

This course focuses on seasonal changes and the resulting adaptations of plants and animals. An introduction to the seasonal variations of the biotic and abiotic components of an ecosystem will be addressed through scientific inquiry. Participants will explore a forest ecosystem and how its associated organisms respond to the changes in the environment. Participants will incorporate this life science information into the science curriculum to meet NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.

Discover Butterflies – Their Life Histories

In this workshop about butterflies, participants will discover ways to integrate the fascinating life history of the butterfly into their science curriculum. Learn how to set up a home for and care for Painted Lady Butterflies in the classroom. A complete package provides teachers with the necessary components for a “butterfly experience” for their students, which meets the NY State Life Science Standards and Assessments.

Discovering Pond Life

This course provides a hands-on close-up look at the natural community of a pond. Participants will be introduced to limnology (study of inland water) and the four habitats of a pond ecosystem. Participants will learn how to enhance pond study through the use of discovery scopes and hand lenses to observe, collect and identify pond specimens. We will discuss the interdependence and interactions of specimens that are collected.

Exploring Estuaries: Endangered Wetlands

Participants will explore the habitats of Alley Creek, Little Neck Bay and Long Island Sound to learn about the various plants and animals that inhabit these estuaries and discuss the concepts of salinity, temperature, nutrients and water flow.

Participants will also learn about the geologic history of local estuaries, their various habitats, and resident organisms. Teachers will practice hands on techniques, concepts and activities to convey the importance of these vital ecosystems. These science concepts meet NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.

Birds In New York City

This hands-on workshop focuses on beginning ornithology: the fascinating world of birds! Through scientific inquiry, find out about birds’ natural history, behavior, courtship, nest building, physical features, food finding and eating.

Participants will begin to learn to identify some common urban birds and the various natural communities (meadow, forest, marsh, and pond) that they inhabit. A demonstration of live birds will be given during the workshop. Participants will focus on how to introduce interesting bird concepts to their students and how to incorporate this life science information into their science curriculum to meet the NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.

Reptiles And Amphibians. The Cold Blooded Ones. Which Is Which?

This course focuses on the life history of reptiles and amphibians. Participants will learn about the characteristics, behaviors and adaptations of reptiles and amphibians within the natural environment.

Participants will be introduced to native reptiles and amphibians, will learn how to use inquiry-based methods to identify and distinguish between them, and will share ways to incorporate these natural science concepts into the classroom to meet NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.

Biodiversity In Alley Pond Park With Focus On Insects

This course is a make-it-take-it live crickets workshop which introduces participants to the concept of biodiversity.

Participants will be introduced to the ecosystems in Alley Pond Park – forest, pond and meadow – which contain a diversity of flora and fauna. Each participant will make a terrarium containing a cricket, to demonstrate the components of an ecosystem. Teachers will be able to use the terrariums to help their students study the natural interactions and interdependencies of crickets and their environment. Participants will incorporate this life science information into their science curriculum to meet NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.

Urban Forest Ecology: Trees

This course focuses on urban forest ecology in Alley Pond Park. Participants will learn about the biotic and abiotic relationships and inter dependencies within the forest ecosystem, the animals that inhabit trees, how to identify local trees and the stratification of an eastern deciduous forest.

Participants will learn about the parts of trees, how to tell the age of trees, and the roles of trees in the forest environment. Each participant will receive and learn to use a dichotomous key to aid in identifying tulip, oak, sassafras, maple and dogwood trees.

Endangered Species

This course explores the reasons that plant and animal species become endangered, the consequences of population decline, and what can be done to halt the decline. An introduction to biodiversity and invasive species will be given through inquiry-based methods.

Participants will share ways to incorporate these natural science concepts in their classrooms to meet the NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.

Rain Drops To Drink – Nyc’s Water Supply System

This course focuses on NYC’s water supply system, its watershed and how it works. We will explore the system from raindrops, to mountains, to aqueducts, to pipes, to your faucet, through inquiry-based methods. We will also discuss the benefits of our water supply system and ways to conserve this precious resource – safe, fresh drinking water.

Participants will share ways to incorporate these natural science concepts in their classrooms to meet the NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.

Global Warming And Sustainable Energy

This course focuses on global warming—its causes and how it relates to sustainable energy resources. The consequences of global warming will be explored through inquiry-based methods.

Participants will be introduced to renewable energy resources that are available now. They will share ways to incorporate the climate change concepts in the classroom to meet the NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.

Trash In New York City – Recycle, Reuse, Reduce, Refuse

This course focuses on solid waste—its sources and where it ends up. Participants will learn to identify household products that are recyclable and what resources are used to make them. They will also learn why the 4 R’s are necessary to help our environment through inquiry-based methods.

Participants will be introduced to NYC solid waste issues and remedies to solid waste problems. Participants will share ways to incorporate these issues into the classroom to meet the NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.

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New York City Building, Queens,

The Queens Museum of Art is dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the New York metropolitan area, and particularly for the residents of Queens, a uniquely diverse, ethnic, cultural and international community.

The Museum fulfills its mission by designing and providing art exhibitions, public programs and educational experiences that promote the appreciation and enjoyment of art, support the creative efforts of artists, and enhance the quality of life through interpreting, collecting, and exhibiting art, architecture, and design.

The Queens Museum of Art presents artistic and educational programs and exhibitions that directly relate to the contemporary urban life of its constituents while maintaining the highest standards of professional, intellectual, and ethical responsibility.

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Professional Development

The Queens Museum Education Department offers customized professional development workshops, training, and, on occasion, special, intensive short-term institutes relevant to a wide range of educators, administrators and artists.

Content and Curriculum

The Queens Museum is home to cutting-edge permanent and temporary exhibitions that speak to contemporary urban audiences and focus on topics as diverse as the visual arts, history, the humanities and science. This wide range of innovative exhibitions, all housed under one roof, provide educators with a stimulating environment in which to design and develop innovative and engaging projects directly relevant to the lives and experiences of their students.

In all professional development workshops, educators have the opportunity to hear presentations from leading curators and scholars at the Queens Museum and collaborate with our staff to tailor content to your curricular needs. Workshops are designed in alignment with fundamental Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Math, as well as recognized state standards in the other core subject areas.

Subject areas include:

  • Visual arts, contemporary art and art history with content focused on object-based teaching and common core standards; issues, ideas, and trends in contemporary art; and social practice and socially engaged art
  • Urban design, architecture and city planning and geography through experiences with the Museum’s Panorama of the City of New York
  • History and social studies covering such topics as New York City history, the origins of New York City Parks, and the 1939 and 1964 Worlds Fairs.
  • Decorative arts through experiences with the Museum’s exhibition of the  Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass [link to page in curatorial]
  • Science covering environmental and natural science through experiences with the Relief Map of the New York City Water Supply System, on exhibition in partnership with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection)

Instructional strategies and student engagement

In addition to professional development grounded in the rich content at the Queens Museum, we also offer educators professional development opportunities related to student engagement, behavior management, and support for diverse learners. Topics include:

  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Working with families and children affected by autism
  • Positive behavior supports
  • Project-based learning for multiple intelligences, Pre-K-Grade12
  • Common Core Connections Pre-K-Grade12
  • Art making for English Language Learners students (how the practice of art making increases literacy skills)
  • Math games through art making
  • STEM to STEAM: integrating art and design into STEM
  • Creative interventions, the role of therapy in an art group
  • Adult learners and technology
  • Autism and technology
  • Differentiated instruction through the arts
  • Teaching the arts in secured settings
  • Non-traditional artmaking for art teachers
  • Drawing on location (use of technology in on-site sketching)
  • Art making and character development (looking at the social and emotional outcomes behind the process of creating)

To learn more about professional development opportunities in our education department please contact, Margaret Riley, Education and School Programs Associate at 718.592.9700 x132 or mriley@queensmuseum.org.

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137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, MA, United States

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!”

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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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2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, United States

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

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Teacher Programs

Whether in the galleries or in the classroom, the Museum offers a variety of programs, workshops, resources, and classes for teachers of all subjects and grade levels.

To register for Teacher Workshops and VAST, call the Museum’s Ticket Center at (215) 235-SHOW (7469) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or stop by any Visitor Services Desk during Museum hours, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. There is a service charge of $3.00 ($2.50 for Museum members). There is no service charge for tickets purchased at the Museum.

Teacher Workshops

The Museum is dedicated to creative learning for teachers as well as students. Art ignites curiosity, fosters critical-thinking skills, and presents challenging, interdisciplinary, and engaging learning environments. In an effort to support arts integration in all classrooms, the Museum offers a wide variety of teacher resources and professional development experiences for educators of all subject areas. The Museum is an approved Art 48/continuing professional development provider for both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Check each workshop description to see how many credit hours are available. Reservations must be made in advance for all workshops.

VAST – Visual Arts as Sources for Teaching

Each summer the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Education department offers K–12 teachers of all subject areas the chance to immerse themselves in the Museum’s collections and explore the special nature of art and its use as a classroom resource.

VAST is generously supported by the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation.

In-Service Workshops

We can arrange in-service workshops at the Museum or at your school for you and your colleagues. Request a customized workshop to cover a specific topic that fits your particular needs, or schedule a workshop that demonstrates how ourteaching poster sets can enrich your language arts and math curricula. Schools opting for a teaching poster workshop receive one set for their school.

Cost: At the Museum

$300 for a 2-hour workshop for up to 15 teachers

At Your School

Within 25 miles: $350 for 2 hours $450 for 3 hours for up to 30 teachers

Within 50 miles: $400 for 2 hours

$500 for 3 hours for up to 20 teachers

Within 100 miles: $550 for 2 hours

$650 for 3 hours for up to 30 teachers

For more information, please contact Education: School & Teacher Programs by phone at (215) 684-7580, by fax at (215) 236-4063, or by e-mail at educate@philamuseum.org.

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Museum Studies Internship Program

The Museum Studies Internship Program is an unpaid volunteer internship opportunity that exposes interns to the inner workings of a major metropolitan museum, promoting an awareness of careers in the field through experiences not available in most academic settings. The Museum selects a diverse group of talented undergraduate and graduate students from a highly competitive, international pool of candidates.

 

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226 East 42nd Street, Brooklyn, New York City, NY, United States

The MOTNY, located in the heart of Manhattan in New York City, challenges visitors to confront bigotry and racism, and to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts. Through interactive workshops, exhibits, and videos, individuals explore issues of prejudice, diversity, tolerance, and cooperation in the workplace, in schools and in the community.

The Museum of Tolerance New York (MOTNY) is part of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust by fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. The MOTNY is a multimedia educational museum located on East 42nd Street in the heart of Manhattan. We provide group tours that focus on the dynamics of racism and prejudice in America, international human rights and the history of the Holocaust, through unique interactive educational exhibits. Main themes include the power of words and images, bullying, personal responsibility, and social action.

Additionally, the MOTNY is a professional development multi-media training facility targeting educators, law enforcement officials, and state/local government practitioners. Modeled after the successful Tools for Tolerance® Program at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, the MOTNY provides participants with intense educational and experiential training programs and welcomes school field trips and group tours. Over 10,000 adults and young people have been trained in the Museum’s customized, professional development programs.

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The Museum of Tolerance Professional Development (Teacher Workshops)

Tools for Tolerance ® for Educators is a specially designed, professional program which aims to aid educators in exploring their evolving role in a rapidly changing, increasingly diverse and complex society.  This interactive, experiential program provides an opportunity for personal growth and professional development through an innovative approach teaching respect and tolerance.  Each program is designed to meet the specific needs of the group but has an overall focus on bullying, conflict resolution in the school community, valuing differences, and cross-cultural communication.

Programs for Educators

“What an amazing experience the Museum of Tolerance New York has been… a real personal look at the real issues- I am definitely empowered!! Thank You!” – NYC Public School Teacher

The Museum of Tolerance New York provides trainings for educators through the Tools for Tolerance®programs. Tools for Tolerance® for Educators is an interactive, experiential program designed to help educators fulfill their potential both as people and professionals. It is built upon the premise that school professionals are the front line in our efforts to shape a better American future. Through interactive workshops, exhibits, and videos, participants explore issues of prejudice, diversity, tolerance, and cooperation in the workplace and in the community. The program offers a holistic approach to teaching tolerance in learning communities. Going beyond heroes and holidays, anti-bias education is articulated in terms of learning processes that promote self-reflection, critical thinking and social action.

This day-long workshop for education professionals is designed around a variety of topics related to tolerance and its effects on learning and safety. The day includes in-depth facilitated exploration of films and interactive exhibits, as well as workshop format classroom modules developed and taught by professional development specialists designed to enhance interpersonal skills and cultivate ‘tools’ for anti-bias education.

Register Online

What Achievement Gaps exist in your school? What achievement strengths? How can you build on those strengths to close the gap in practical sustainable ways, and what does tolerance have to do with it all? Join this collegial experience to ask and answer these and other questions.This program helps education professionals plan strategies to create socially, emotionally, and intellectually safe school cultures that are academically rigorous for all students across all demographic characteristics.

Training Approach

The programs are experiential and learner-centered. Trained facilitators create a safe environment for probing dialogue around difficult issues rarely discussed in the workplace. Our programs challenge participants to question their own assumptions, raise self-awareness, and present fresh perspectives to redefine personal responsibility and taking action.

Powerful Learning Environments

Unique, interactive exhibits set our programs apart from the traditional consultant with a flip chart.  The immersive learning environments of the Museum of Tolerance NewYork enhances and intensifies learning experiences.

The exhibits are a powerful stimulus to explore crucial themes such as the power of words and images, the pursuit of social justice, and the relationship between diversity and democracy. All programs have dedicated time in the exhibits, which provide a powerful stimulus for individual and group insights.

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The Museum of Tolerance For Students

Tools for Tolerance® for Teens

Musuem of Tolerance New York Teen Programs

Trained facilitators utilize the unique MOTNY environment and customized classroom work to challenge students to assume greater personal responsibility in recognizing and challenging forms of discrimination.

In addition, main areas of focus are bullying prevention and leadership skills.  This five-hour program encourages young people to think critically about the words and images in their own lives and how to use them to create positive change.

The cost for a Tools for Tolerance® for Teens Program is $100 per participant (minimum 15 visitors) and includes lunch and materials.

Contact information:

Dr. Natasha Poor

Manager of Education and Public Outreach

Museum of Tolerance New York

226 East 42nd Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues

New York, NY 10017

Phone: 212.697.1180 x104

Fax: 212.697.1314

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10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT, United States

Opened in July 1988, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to have a good time while learning about the vital natural resource just off our shore: Long Island Sound. Set in a refurbished 1860s factory at the mouth of the Norwalk River, the Aquarium building and its location reflect the region’s industrial past and human uses of Long Island Sound for recreation and commerce.

Visitors explore at their own pace, observing 34 exhibits featuring more than 1,200 marine animals of 259 species. The Long Island Sound journey begins along a freshwater river and the shallow waters of the salt marsh, then moves into deeper and deeper habitats out to the open ocean. These close encounters with animals, enhanced by friendly volunteer interpreters and informative display panels, educate visitors about the aquatic life of Long Island Sound and its watershed.

The sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles and other animals, carefully tended in re-created natural settings, serve as ambassadors both for their species and the Sound’s natural environment. These intimate encounters are the heart of the learning experience and provide visitors – children especially – with a basis for understanding their role in the web of life.

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Professional Development for Teachers and School Administrators by The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Connecticut

The Maritime Aquarium can offer Professional Development for teachers for either a full- or half-day venue at the Aquarium, or at your school.

The most popular PD historically involves teachers being the students aboard our research vessel Oceanic for half a day, learning about the biological and physical aspects Long Island Sound and collecting real-time data that can then be used in their classrooms. The second half of the day is spent in the Aquarium learning how the exhibits can be used to teach and reinforce state goals and standards and grade-level expectations. Time will be spent discussing curriculum, grade appropriateness, exhibits and the species, and includes subject areas as well as science.

We can suggest pre- and post-trip activities, as well as the many ways of applying lessons to your state’s goals and standards and to your curriculum.

We can also train teachers in how to take their students on field trips to local beaches, parks and streams so they may use these local locations to teach grade-level science classes directed at state goals and standards. These field experiences may not only involve the sciences, but also reinforcing math skills, art, history and writing.

Staff at The Maritime Aquarium also are willing to customize science professional development to enrich subject-area learning for a grade level or the entire staff.

Call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, to make reservations or ext. 2352 if you have any questions about the program.

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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 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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18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton Township, NJ, United States

Grounds For Sculpture exhibits works by well-known and emerging contemporary sculptors in the museum buildings and landscaped sculpture park. Centrally located in Hamilton, New Jersey, and mid-way between New York City and Philadelphia, it is easily accessible via major highways and public rail systems. Open year-round, special exhibitions, programs, and events are scheduled for your education and enjoyment.

A visit to Grounds for Sculpture New Jersey is one of the best year round things to do in New Jersey. Utilizing both outdoor gardens and two indoor settings, Grounds for Sculpture can be appreciated even during inclement weather. The manicured landscaping of the Grounds for Sculpture combine with the variety of the pieces found here to give visitors a truly unique experience. Perhaps more than any other New Jersey attraction, natural beauty and human creativity come together here.

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Enhance your teaching practice by participating in a professional development workshop at Grounds For Sculpture!

Professional development sessions at Grounds For Sculpture include:

  • A hands-on art workshop,
  • Information on how to connect to Core Content Standards,
  • Pre-and post-visit suggestions for the classroom,
  • Collaborative brainstorming exercises and a professional development certificate for each participant.

Past topics have included Patternmaking in 2D and 3D, Kinetic Sound Sculpture, and Watercolor Texture Casting.  Special topics can be designed for your group through discussion with the Education Department.

As a registered professional development provider, professional development certificates can be provided for all adult workshops upon request.

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Florida Museum of Natural History Gainesville, FL 32611

Enjoy hundreds of exotic butterflies in a rain forest setting, witness a South Florida Calusa Indian welcoming ceremony, experience a life-size limestone cave and see a mammoth and mastodon from the last ice age.

Located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville and open year round, the Florida Museum is one of the nation’s top five museums with more than 34 million specimens, including one of the world’s largest collections of butterflies and moths.

Visitors are greeted by a 14-foot-tall, 16,000-year-old Columbian Mammoth discovered in the Aucilla River in northwest Florida. Ninety percent of the bones are fossil material, making it one of the most complete ever found.

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Welcome Educators!

The Florida Museum has many new and exciting exhibitions, student programs and professional development opportunities for educators throughout the school year.

This section of the website contains valuable information about our school programs and registration procedures. Remember, you must pre-register online for all field trips at least two weeks in advance.

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To assist educators planning a trip to the Museum, guides for permanent and temporary exhibits are available. There are other classroom learning resources on the Museum’s website, including databases of specimens and artifacts in the Florida Museum’s collections, images, audio and video recordings, and much more.

You can also move the educational power of the Museum into your classroom with collections assembled in our Inquiry Boxes.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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211 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC, United States

EdVenture is the largest children’s museum in the Southeastr, located in Columbia, South Carolina. EdVenture opened to the public in 2003. It has 8 galleries covering 67,000 square feet, plus hands-on exhibits, 2 resource centers, and a 200-seat theater. 40,000 square feet of the total 67,000 square feet is devoted to exhibit galleries, laboratories and visitor amenities. An additional 7,000 square feet of outdoor gallery space is located just outside the museum’s front door. Within the total 74,000 square feet there are approximately 350 individual hands-on exhibits. There is also a statue of ‘Eddie’ on the first floor of the museum which children can climb into and learn about the insides of people. It is located at 211 Gervais Street in midtown Columbia, next to the South Carolina State Museum.

Edventure Exhibits

For every child who visits EdVenture, seeing will be believing and doing will mean remembering. All exhibits at EdVenture are hands-on and experiential. Click on the link above to view all exhibits available for view. 

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Kids think teachers have the answers to everything. Just in case you don’t, EdVenture can help.

EdVenture provides educators a variety of tools that help them improve their skills and grow their knowledge base. From one-hour sessions to week-long summer institutes, our museum provides quality enrichment programming for South Carolina’s teachers.

Professional Development Workshops

Are you a preschool provider or child development center in need of Department of Social Service credit hours? EdVenture offers professional development opportunities for providers and teachers at your school or center. You can receive one to three hours of professional development on a variety of relevant and unique topics.

2014 Hands-On, Minds-On! Summer Institute for Teachers!

EdVenture Children’s Museum, with support from the South Carolina Department of Education offered its eighth year of Hands-On, Minds-On! (HMO) Summer Institute for Teachers. The annual Institute is for public and private elementary teachers dedicated to sharing EdVenture’s expertise in making science and mathematics fun and accessible in the classroom.

For more information, visit http://handsonmindson.org.

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2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE, United States

It might seem that an institution like a museum is carved in stone, but since its founding in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum has actually changed a great deal. Our Centennial Timeline, installed in the Museum’s Orientation Hallway, is a look at how things were and how they have changed, both here at the Museum and in the community that we serve. To put the Museum’s historical achievements in context, the Timeline mirrors notable Museum milestones with important local and world events.

A century ago, the Museum started life with an original purchase of approximately 100 Howard Pyle paintings. That collection has grown to include 12,000 works of art by great American masters such as Winslow Homer, artists of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and well-known American illustrators. The Museum’s name and physical space have also changed considerably. Originally called the Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts, and then the Delaware Art Center, the Museum officially became the Delaware Art Museum in the early 1970s. And although we spent decades traveling around—with no permanent gallery space—the Museum now encompasses 80,000 square feet of exhibition and administrative space, four studio art classrooms, and a sprawling 9-acre sculpture park—the first of its kind in the region.

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TEACHER WORKSHOPS

Teacher workshops are held to familiarize educators with the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. Credit hours are available for these curriculum enriching programs. To participate in a teacher workshop (Delaware teachers), you must register in advance by contacting the Delaware Teacher Center at 302.736.6723 or 800.282.8770. For more information on scheduling a guided tour, click here.

All workshops have a $15 program fee due the day of the workshop, payable to the Delaware Art Museum.

Check back later for information on future teacher workshops.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The Delaware Art Museum Education staff offers professional development opportunities for school districts, parent-teacher organizations, or any group interested in learning more about the Museum’s collections and programming. Contact Saralyn Rosenfield, Manager of Public Programs & Interpretation, at 302.351.8504 or srosenfield@delart.org for more information.

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1601 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614, United States

Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum stands at the crossroads of America’s past and its future. If you live in Chicago or visit here and are curious about the city’s past, present, and future, the Museum should be your first stop.

Your History Lives Here

The Chicago History Museum cares for, showcases, and interprets millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and U.S. history. Our ability to illuminate the past is a reminder of what really happened once upon a time, sheds light on the present, and compellingly informs the future.

We invite you to engage with our stories and make history yourself.

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Educator Programs

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Professional development programs provide rich and unique experiences with history. Support your curriculum, network with other teachers, and earn CPDUs.

The Field Trip Objective Workshop

Tuesday, January 28, 4:30–7:30 p.m.

Let us help you plan the perfect field trip. Meet staff, explore exhibitions, and participate in gallery activities. This session promises to answer all of your questions, from logistics to content.

Recommended for pre-K to 12th grade teachers. Earn 3 CPDUs.

Cost: $15

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224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, United States

Welcome to the Chicago Architecture Foundation! We offer engaging ways for educators, families, and young people to explore Chicago’s amazing architecture.

Through hands-on, real-world explorations discover how to turn your local community into a dynamic setting for teaching and learning.  Buildings, structures, people, and events help young people discover how architecture and the built environment impact their lives everyday.

Our programs and resources include multi-disciplinary teacher workshops, award-winning curricular resources, place-based field trips, hands-on workshops for teens, scout badge programs, and A+DEN-a network for people interested in design education.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) offers more than 80 different tours including the Chicago Architecture Foundation architecture river cruise aboard the Chicago’s First Lady. Also offered: FREE exhibitions, programs and workshops, youth education, family programs and an architecture and design-themed retail store.

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EDUCATORS

Wonder how to connect architecture to your classroom lessons? The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers an exciting array of learning opportunities and resources for educators. Take a professional development teacher workshop to learn strategies for incorporating architecture into your daily lessons. Check out our award-winning curricular resources. Book an exciting place-based field trip for your students. Connect to other architecture and design educators through A+DEN.

Follow the links below to learn how the Chicago Architecture Foundation can support your teaching and learning about Chicago and its amazing architecture.


Teacher Workshops

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1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT, United States

Sitting high on a hill overlooking Greenwich Harbor, the Bruce Museum offers a changing array of exhibitions and educational programs that promote the understanding and appreciation of art and science.

The Bruce Museum has been voted the best museum in Fairfield County for the past five years, a recognition of its growing popularity and efforts to consistently address new subjects of remarkable beauty or great interest with new insights, The Bruce plays an integral role in the cultural life of area residents and attracts approximately 100,000 visitors annually, reaching out to families, seniors, students, the handicapped, at-risk children, and community organizations. The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, presents more than a dozen new exhibitions in art and science every year.

Consistently voted the “Best Museum” by area media, the Bruce Museum is a regionally based, world-class institution highlighting art, science and natural history in more than a dozen changing exhibitions annually. The permanent galleries feature the natural sciences that encompass regional to global perspectives.

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Teachers’ Program

The Bruce Museum regards teachers as a valuable resource for our program development. The Museum’s Education staff strives to provide teachers with quality programs and resource materials. We also look to teachers to enrich and improve our programs through feedback and evaluations.

Teacher Previews and Workshop

Free programs that include special tours of new exhibitions, along with presentations of school programs and teacher materials

The Student Docent

Trains students to present gallery talks to their peers

Activities and Lesson Plans

Download materials to use in your classroom

Teachers’ Advisory Council

Help the Bruce Museum better serve teachers and students

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The Bruce Museum offers many opportunities to get teens involved. The Bruce Museum’s Youth Committee, Youth@Bruce, and the Junior Educator Program give teens a chance to get on-the-job experience in a wide variety of fields.

Junior Educator Program

The Junior Educator Program is a paid after-school program for students entering grades 9 through 12 with a strong interest in science, art, or careers in museums. Junior Educators teach inquiry-based and hands-on afterschool art and science programs at the Bruce Museum for visiting student groups. Participating students have exciting opportunities to:

  • Delve into art and science at the Bruce Museum
  • Develop and hone their teaching and classroom management skills
  • Get career guidance from museum professionals
  • Visit museums throughout the Connecticut and New York region

Junior Educators are required to attend all training sessions at the Bruce Museum on selected Monday afternoons during the school year from 3:45-4:45pm. For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Julia Harrington, Museum Educator/Reservations Manager, at jharrington@brucemuseum.org or (203) 413-6744.

Youth@Bruce

The Bruce Museum Youth Committee is a student-based volunteer group designed to empower area high school students to become active volunteers at the Bruce Museum. Its mission is to elevate the volunteer experience for dedicated high school volunteers by engaging them in learning and managing opportunities that provide the teens with job skills and a visible role in the Bruce Museum. To learn more about our program, visit our website:http://youthbruce.com.

Also visit http://tedxyouthbruce.com for more information on Youth@Bruce TEDx events.

If you would like to join Youth@Bruce, click here to apply online.

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities specifically for youth, contact Mary Ann Lendenmann, Volunteer Program Manager, Phone: 203-413-6746; or by emailmlendenmann@brucemuseum.org 

ASL Program

Youth volunteers from the New York School for the Deaf and Youth Committee volunteers collaborated to produce videos in American Sign Language interpreting the museum’s permanent science exhibits. Bruce Museum ASL Project videos are produced by youth volunteers from the New York School for the Deaf and Greenwich High School.

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Internships

2014-2015 Zvi Grunberg Resident Internship at the Bruce Museum

Bruce Museum Career Internships

Museum Education Intern

2014 – 2015 Zvi Grunberg Resident Internship at the Bruce Museum

Internship position, 35 hours per week, 34 weeks maximum

The Bruce Museum promotes the understanding and appreciation of Art and Science to enrich the lives of all people. The Museum is located in Greenwich, Connecticut, 40 miles east of New York City, just off I-95 and steps away from Metro-North Railroad’s Greenwich station. The Museum features the long-term environmental history exhibition Changes In Our Land, as well as four galleries showcasing fine and decorative arts, costumes, science and ethnology exhibits. The museum holds a permanent collection of natural history, Native American, and archaeological objects, and a growing collection of art of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Description

The internship provides an opportunity to learn about the operation of museums and to gain professional experience. These internships are offered annually through the Education Department.

Internship terms are 34 weeks, mid-September to mid-May, with a stipend of $15,550 with benefits. This is a full-time temporary position, 35 hours per week, for a maximum of 34 weeks. Includes paid: five days vacation, three standard holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day) and four floating holidays, four sick days, and one personal day.

Responsibilities

Intern will work with program directors on a variety of projects related to the Museum’s exhibitions and programs.

Interns will be treated as staff members and will assist staff members with routine work as well as special projects.

The intern’s educational background, interests, work experience, and museum department needs with the final goal of implementing and completing a specific project will determine specific duties.

Terms are full-time, 35 hours per week, with two or three segments. Each segment of the internship will focus on one aspect of the museum: education, collections management, curatorial (either arts or sciences), exhibition design, public relations, development, and/or administration.

Segment assignments are determined by the Museum’s Executive Director and professional staff.

Eligibility

The internship is open to applicants who have completed at least an undergraduate degree by the beginning of the internship. Candidates with training in science, education, art history, fine arts, as well as other fields including business, communications, law, and other areas of the humanities that may be useful to the museum, are eligible. Familiarity with office procedures, computer skills are necessary.

For information contact the Director of Education, 203-413-6740

Or email rgarr@brucemuseum.org

Application Procedures

The following items are to be included in the application (incomplete applications cannot be considered).

  1. A personal statement indicating how this internship fits in with your preparation, experience, and goals. Essay should not exceed 500 words, or two double-space typed pages.
  2. A resume or curriculum vitae with phone and email contacts listed.
  3. Two letters of recommendation, one should be from Department Chair or Academic Advisor if possible. Letters should be sent directly by recommenders.
  4. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all colleges, universities, and professional schools previously attended.

Selection

The Intern Selection Committee of the Education Committee will review applications. A small group of applicants will be invited for final interviews. All applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decision by Memorial Day weekend.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 

The 2013-2014 post has been filled. Applications for the 2014-2015 Zvi Grunberg Resident Internship will be accepted beginning in January of 2014. The final application deadline is APRIL 11, 2014.

Submit all material to: 

Zvi Grunberg Resident Internship Program

Bruce Museum

1 Museum Drive

Greenwich, CT 06830-7157

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Bruce Museum Career Internships

Internship position, Schedule varies

Requirements

Career Internships are available for college and university students, are unpaid and are usually taken for credit.  Non-credit applications are accepted for those wanting to gain experience.

Application deadlines:

Applications for the Fall Semester (September-December) are due by August 1.

Applications for the Spring Semester (January-May) are due by December 1.

Applications for Summer posts are accepted beginning in January of each year and are due by April 1. 

Students applying to the Bruce Museum should submit the following information:

  1. Career Internship application. (Click on link for PDF form.)
  2. Letter indicating how this internship at the Bruce Museum fits in with the student’s preparation, experience and goals and the college department granting the credit.
  3. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member who will act as the student’s sponsor. This should be sent directly by the faculty member. The sponsor acts as the administrator/facilitator any for college/university procedures required for the student to earn credit.

Students will be contacted in advance of the commencement of their academic term.  The number of individuals who will be able to participate during any one term will be limited.

Guidelines for Student Interns

The Museum suggests 120 hours of time per semester. However, this will vary according to the college requirements of each intern and the number of credit hours the college will allow the intern to earn.

Each student will be assigned to a Museum staff member whose expertise corresponds to the special interest indicated in the student’s letter and application. Activities designed for college credit will be an accurate reflection of the normal daily work of the museum professional in the student’s area of special interest.

At the end of the internship period, a Museum Intern Evaluation form will be completed by the staff supervisor(s). A copy of this evaluation will remain on file at the Museum and a copy will be forwarded to you and/or your faculty sponsor. If the student’s college has similar forms or requests a report from the museum staff, the student must supply the appropriate forms or information well before the end of the internship period.

An Exit Interview form will be completed by the intern in order to evaluate the internship experience, and submitted to the Director of Education. This form is kept on file at the Museum.

No student will be paid for any work performed for college credit, and the Museum is not in the position to offer employment to interns upon completion of the academic term. Housing will not be available.

The areas of internship programs available at the Bruce Museum are (click to open):

Museum Administration/Development – available in the following departments:

Curatorial – available in the following areas:

Complete descriptions further details are available from the Education Department. Please contact the Director of Education: (203) 413-6740 orrgarr@brucemuseum.org

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Museum Education Intern

Internship position, Available during the academic year September – June

Applications for the Sept – December semester are due by August 1st.
Applications for the Januray – April semester are due by December 1st.
A summer postion may be available, please contact the Director of Education for information.

The Bruce Museum Education Internship program is designed for university or college students seeking to gain hands-on experience in a museum education setting. This internship is available during the academic year, September – June. A minimum of 120 hours is required and compensation is $9.00 per hour to a maximum of 150 hours per semester. The exact details of the schedule will be worked out with the individual as the internship begins.

This internship will focus on museum education in an art and science museum. The intern will be working primarily with the Manager of School Services and the Manager of Outreach Education on a variety of projects related to the Museum’s education programs. The intern will experience all aspects of museum education including: teaching from the object, working with a variety of age groups, developing and conducting classes at the Museum and through the Museum’s outreach program – the Brucemobile.

Specific duties include: preparing materials for classes; interacting with visitors and groups through educational and instructional activities and tours; and developing curriculum and educational programs for various exhibitions.

Experience in the following areas is preferred: museum education experience; experience supervising children; teaching experience; good written communication skills; public speaking skills; background in educational theory and practice; computer skills, word-processing; and basic office skills.

The Bruce Museum is a small institution and all staff members, as well as interns, are often called on to do any number of things such as assisting with public programs, basic office work, mailings, etc.

The internship will provide an introduction to standard museum practice and provide a hands-on experience in museum work. At the end of the internship period, the staff supervisor(s) will complete a Museum Intern Evaluation form. A copy of this evaluation will remain on file in the museum and copy will be forwarded to the intern and/or the faculty advisor. If the intern is seeking college credit and the college has similar forms or requests a report from the museum staff, the appropriate forms or information must be supplied well before the end of the internship period. Finally, the intern will complete an Exit Interview form evaluating the intern’s experience, which is to be submitted to the Director of Education and kept on file at the museum.

Application Deadlines:  Fall semester – August 1st.  Spring/Winter semester – December 1st.
Education Internships are available only during the academic year, September – June, however a summer position may be available, contact Director of Education for more information.

Please include application form (click on link), current resume, and letter of interest.

Send to:

Bruce Museum

Museum Education Internship

1 Museum Drive

Greenwich, Connecticut 06830-7100

Or email: rgarr@brucemuseum.org

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