The Concord Museum has built long-term partnerships with the Concord Public Schools and the Lowell Public Schools that ensure local history education to students in these districts.
Concord Public Schools
For over 35 years the Concord Museum has been working with the Concord Public Schools to provide hands-on local history to students in the town of Concord. The Museum works with students at all grade levels, and has a particularly long-standing relationship with the third grade and the high school.
Working directly with Concord teachers, the Museum has developed a program for third graders that is fully integrated into the third grade Social Studies curriculum. The program includes three visits with the museum including two in-classroom programs and one on-site program at the Museum.
- Native American Archaeological Dig
- Two Worlds Meet
- Colonial Cooking and Community and Craftsmanship
RIVERS AND REVOLUTIONS at CONCORD-CARLISLE HIGH SCHOOL
The Concord Museum serves as a host site for students from the Rivers and Revolutions program, an inter-disciplinary “school within a school” at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, who each take part in a Stewardship Program. As a host site, the Museum staff works closely with students on a meaningful semester-long project that introduces them to skills involved in working in museums, the community, and the field of history. Projects have included the creation of exhibitions, a hands-on family station, family guides, and a mobile phone app.
Lowell Public Schools
Thanks to the generous support of many donors to the Paul Revere’s Ride Fund, the Concord Museum has built a partnership with the Lowell Public Schools that allows students to visit the Concord Museum at no cost. The Fund underwrites the cost of buses and program fees. The partnership began in the fall of 2014 with fifth grade and Kindergarten and in 2015 will expand to the seventh grade.
Working with Curriculum Coordinators in Lowell, the Concord Museum developed a program for fifth grade students to support their social studies and science curricula. Students took part in the Digging into the Past program in which they became archaeologists, handled and discussed 4,000-year-old Native American stone tools from the Museum’s education collection, and explored the culture clashes that arose when English settlers arrived in New England.
Kindergarten students were invited to participate in a literacy program during the Museum’s annual exhibition Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature. Students read great works of children’s literature, reviewed the alphabet, created literature based crafts, and explored the museum galleries. This program served schools with a large population of English Language Learners to support their work in literacy and language.