The Museum seeks to better serve its community by providing a comprehensive suite of educational programs. We aspire to supplement the local school system with high quality skill development programs tied to our unique content, talented staff and volunteers.
The Museum's newly adopted Education Vision guides us to:
Targeting skill development
Personalizing the field trip experience
Developing digital workshops
Building college aspirations and skills
Investing in human resources
Leveraging our world-class collection
Facilitating opportunities for scholarship
Currently the Museum offers 15 standards-based elementary and middle school programs designed to enhance student understanding of their shared heritage, cultural diversity, local history, ecology and marine science. All programs are certified to address Massachusetts Department of Education Curriculum/ Common Core Frameworks and National Science Standards.
The Museum has delivered educational services to the Greater New Bedford region since 1903. One hundred forty volunteers, including 80 Docents, support a staff of 28, working under the direction of a diverse community-based Board of Trustees of 30. Evolving from traditional museum exhibits to curriculum-correlated field trips, to interactive online learning experiences, the Museum's education offerings increase their impact on students and on the teaching in local schools each year.
New and redesigned educational initiatives allow the Museum to fulfill its goal of improving outcomes from elementary and middle school programs. These improvements will help the Museum better serve students and teachers in the New Bedford region, and beyond who currently participate in our programs, and also attract new school groups.
The recommendations for change came out of deep conversations with and feedback from community partners, teachers and educators from across the region, administrators in the New Bedford Public School system and civic leaders. As State and Federal education reform efforts focus on core reading and math skills, the role of third party education providers like the Museum is changing. The Museum has increased its commitment to providing deeper learning: research, writing and digital media creation skill development and teacher training, to supplement the more focused school programs.