‘Schooling With Whales’ Weekend Teachers Workshop, April 18-19, 2015

All teachers welcome; targeted towards teachers of Grades 3-6. Graduate credit or Professional Development Points available.

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. –  Whales may not travel in schools the way that fish do, but they can be used within several disciplines in school to help teach students key concepts. “Schooling with Whales,” 10-hour professional workshop for teachers G3-6 will be offered this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19, 2015, at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The workshop will demonstrate ways to use whales and their kin to teach anatomy, food chains, math, geography, reading comprehension and taxonomy.

Robert Rocha, Director of K-12 and Science Programs, will conduct the workshop, which will include materials for class activities and links to useful websites aimed at gaining a greater appreciation for whales, dolphins and porpoises.

Co-sponsored by the Whaling Museum and the Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS), “Schooling with Whales” offers teacher participants the choice of  earning one graduate credit or 10 PDPs for 10 hours of class time. Credit is optional. PDPs are free and will be granted through MITS.

Workshop hours: Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $50 plus an additional $50 for 1 graduate credit through Cambridge College. Space is limited. 

For additional questions, contact: Robert Rocha, rrocha@whalingmuseum.org or call (508) 717-6849.

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephanie Poyant Moran
Senior Director of Marketing & Public Relations
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Office: 508-717-6839
Cell: 508-965-9861


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours April through December: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum hours January through March: Tuesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Open on Holiday Mondays. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month and is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  For more information, visit www.whalingmuseum.org.