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April 13-14, 2013
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Free admission will be offered to all teachers, afterschool professionals, and their families (up to four people total with teacher ID) during the 11th annual Educators' Weekend at Mystic Seaport! This is an opportunity for you to explore the Museum, learn more about our educational programs, and find connections that link our classroom with yours.
This special event is part of the Museum's continuous efforts to help teachers reach their classroom goals and help implement the Common Core State Standards. Mystic Seaport Education staff will be on hand to discuss the Museum's program offerings and to present new programming that celebrates the upcoming "Year of the Charles W. Morgan" (2013-2014). View the weekend's agenda.
“Education is a core value of the Museum,” said Susan Funk, vice president for education and public programs. “We appreciate the work educators do every day. This is our way of saying thanks.”
Funk said the weekend is designed for teachers to learn more about how a field trip to Mystic Seaport can help them meet classroom goals.
“Our goal is for teachers to enjoy a day at the Museum,” she said. “While it’s a chance for them to explore and enjoy with their families, it’s also an opportunity for them to see what goes on here during a typical day and to strengthen the partnership between schools and museums.”
Mystic Seaport staff members are available to answer teachers’ questions. “We aren’t going to give a typical sales pitch,” Funk said. “We’ll be providing a packet of information that outlines the type of programs we offer. Our staff will present information about our diverse range of programming.”
Mystic Seaport offers a variety of programs designed for students. These programs support Common Core and Connecticut standards and can be customized. Subject areas that can be included are history, social studies, language arts, science and technology, music, and art.
Program delivery includes: field trips, in-class lectures, planetarium programs and overnight programs aboard a Mystic Seaport vessel. Resource materials such as books, videotapes, and audiotapes are available in the Museum Store.
“It’s one thing to read something out of a book, it’s another to be there,” Funk said. “Our programs are hands-on. They give students a chance to learn outside of the classroom while still maintaining the curriculum needs of the schools. Experiential learning allows students to connect to history in new and exciting ways.”
Additional programs are designed specifically for teachers. Teacher workshops can be developed, including how to use a museum as a teaching tool. Other symposiums and programs are available and offer continuing education units.
“While we know teachers enjoy bringing their classes here for field trips or having one of our staff members come to their school, it was important for us to develop programs that are geared directly to teachers,” said Funk.
Planning a class field trip? Bring your students back for our Ship to Shore: Overnight School Group Program!