School and Educator Programs
The Alliance has compiled this set of school and educator resources from amongst its own offerings as well as those throughout the nonprofit and museum sector.
This Museum magazine article 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.
This Museum magazine article outlines the components of common museum programs, such as: field trips, afterschool programs, classroom presentations, rentable kits/trunks, and distance learning.
This Museum magazine article 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.
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.
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.
The National Park Service (NPS) offers resources to help museums create lesson plans for teaching with historic places.
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.
This easy to read brochure from the National Endowment for the Arts and the University of Arkansas about their new research “An Experimental Evaluation of Arts Field Trips” on how field trips help students remain engaged in school and in the arts for longer periods of time than those that do not attend arts field trips.