Our standards-based school programs in the areas of history, language arts, culture and science directly address Massachusetts Department of Education Frameworks / Common Core and are designed to offer hands-on, minds-on learning opportunities. Participate in one program and spend the morning at the Museum, or bring lunch and spend the entire day when you choose to attend one science program and one history, language arts and culture program.
We encourage you to review our science and history, language arts & culture programs. Discuss with your colleagues the program(s) that best fit your needs. Maximize your trip funds by coordinating with a fellow educator and bringing more than one class or grade.
For more information or to make a reservation, contact Brian Witkowski, Education Programs Manager, by email or call (508) 997-0046 x185.
Teacher Resource Center
The Museum provides free individualized consultation and research assistance. Science related materials are available on loan from the ECHO Resource Center. To make an appointment call 508-997-0046 ext. 149.
Consider the New Bedford Whaling Museum as a site for your next in-service training. Half- or full-day session can be designed to suit curricula needs. Contact the Education Department for more information.
Professional Development Workshops
An example of a Professional Development Workshop is Schooling with Whales, held March 16th and 17th, 2013.
Whales may not travel in schools the way that fish do. But, they can be used within several disciplines in a school building to help us teach several important concepts. This ten hour workshop demonstrated ways to use whales and their kin to teach food chains, math, geography, reading comprehension and taxonomy. Participants were provided with a packet of activities, links to useful web sites and left with a greater appreciation for whales, dolphins and porpoises. Hours: Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 4:30 p.m.
Ten PDPs were available, as is one graduate credit through Cambridge College. Cost for the course was $30 and cost for the graduate credit was $50.
Teacher Open Houses
Beginning September 2013, invitations will be posted for teachers to attend special programs including performances, demonstrations and exhibition previews.
Discounts for Teachers
Free admission is offered with a teacher ID or with a Whaling Museum school program confirmation form. Please note that this free admission does not apply to teachers visiting with school groups. We hope that a 10% discount will encourage you to stock up on books, media and educational resources from the Museum Store. Teacher memberships are available.
Teacher Appreciation Day
The New Bedford Whaling Museum Education Department understands the time and effort it takes for a teacher to organize a field trip. We are appreciative that you choose to bring your students to the New Bedford Whaling Museum and that you place confidence in our ability to meet your curriculum needs. We also know that during those field trips you cannot always enjoy our galleries to the fullest, since your attention is often diverted by multiple responsibilities and student needs. So, as a means of giving you an opportunity to visit our exhibits at your own pace, and to show our gratitude for bringing your class(es) to the Museum, we invite you to a Teacher Appreciation Day. Click here to view the Invitation Letter for August 26th 2013.