School and Educator Programs

Museum Programs for School Audiences

American Alliance of Museums

Museum outlines the components of common museum programs, such as: field trips, afterschool programs, classroom presentations, rentable kits/trunks, and distance learning.

What Teachers Want From Field Trips

American Alliance of Museums

Museum explains some of the effects that No Child Left Behind has had on museums, and explores the type of engagement and learning students need and get from museums.

Improving Museum-School Partnerships

American Alliance of Museums

Museum discusses what makes a successful museum-school partnership, explaining how to enhance visits with new technologies, evaluate programs, and development other partnerships to contribute to advocacy efforts.

Science Centers and Schools

Association of Science-Technology Centers

Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) provides several articles from ASTC Dimensions on science centers and schools. Topics include the field trip challenge, museum-school bridges, and the National Science Education Standards.

Planning an Arts-Centered School: A Handbook

Dana Foundation

The Dana Foundation offers Planning an Arts-Centered School: A Handbook (PDF). Of special interest is Chapter 14, which provides a museum educator’s perspective on school partnerships (pages 97-102).

True Needs, True Partners

Institute of Museum & Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services presents True Needs, True Partners, the results of a 3-year study of partnerships between schools and museums (PDF, 16 pages). IMLS identifies 12 characteristics of successful collaborative efforts.

Beyond Field Trips: Museums and the Classroom

Magnet Schools of America
The Magnet Schools of America share this webinar about the many ways in which museums are participating in the learning landscape. Learn more about how museums are reaching students in new and innovative ways.

Teaching with Historic Places

National Park Service

The National Park Service (NPS) offers resources to help museums create lesson plans for teaching with historic places.

National Association of State Boards of Education

National Association of State Boards of Education

The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) has links to each state’s education agency where museum educators can access state curriculum standards. Museum educators may also find the articles, policy briefs, and reports in the Education Issues section of value.

U.S. Department of Education Research & Statistics

U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education has information about federal legislation and regulations. It also has research reports and statistics that may be useful to museum educators.

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