The professional development programs at Mystic Seaport provide teachers with behind-the-scenes tours and thematic workshops that correlate the Museum’s vast collections with classroom curriculum. Workshops show teachers how to utilize Mystic Seaport and its collections in their classrooms through active participation and interaction with experts, primary documents, and exhibition objects.
School-Year Professional Development Programs
Mystic Seaport provides workshops for primary and secondary school teachers and sessions may occur at your school or on Museum grounds. Workshops focus on utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to illuminate history, and topics include maritime history, use of primary documents in the classroom, and how to use a museum as a teaching resource. Museum teachers are also available to do short presentations at teacher meetings.
Professional Development Programs
Please check back soon for dates. Some of the programs may take place online via Google+ Hangouts.
- “Immigration featuring Related Oral Histories” with Fred Calabretta, oral historian and curator at Mystic Seaport
- “The Indian Whalers Project” with Dr. Jason Mancini, senior researcher at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center
- “Navigation at Sea, Nautical Instruments and the Treworgy Planetarium” with Planetarium and Collections staff
- “Life at Sea” with a special guest speaker
- “The Civil War” with Curator Fred Calabretta
- “The War of 1812″ with Curator Fred Calabretta and Dr. Glenn Gordinier, Robert G. Albion Historian at Mystic Seaport
- “World War II and the Story of Gerda III” with a special guest speaker
- “Maritime Art and Scrimshaw” with Mystic Seaport Education Department staff member Barbara Jarnagin and Curator Fred Calabretta (workshop will include hands-on art projects)
Previous 2014 professional development programs included “Using Mystic Seaport for Educators in Your Classroom” with Krystal Rose, Manager of Digital Education Initiatives at Mystic Seaport, and “African American Maritime History” with Dr. Glenn Gordinier.
Summer Professional Development Programs
The Frank C. Munson Institute of American Maritime Studies at Mystic Seaport offers dynamic and challenging graduate-level courses in American maritime history. During a six-week summer session, students may take two out of three possible courses for graduate credit or CEUs. Course selections include a Maritime History Survey, a Maritime Studies Seminar and Independent Research. Mystic Seaport serves as the unique campus for the courses, and students will also attend field seminars in New London, Stonington, and Newport. Anyone with a strong personal and academic interest in the sea may apply. For more information, call 860.572.0711, ext. 5089.
The Orion Award for Excellence in Experiential Education was introduced in 2005 in honor of Mystic Seaport’s 75th anniversary. The annual award honors one or more teachers for their commitment to utilizing the Museum’s collections, programs, and learning resources to create meaningful and innovative learning experiences for their students. The award recognizes teachers who are willing to take chances, to take full advantage of the resources that are available to them, to be creative, and to be ready to turn an unexpected moment into a spectacular teaching opportunity. And, perhaps most importantly, teachers who radiate the joy of learning, as well as of teaching.