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School Partnership Programs

Please note: During the 2020–21 school year, School Partnerships will be offered virtually.

Our virtual School Partnership Programs provide students and teachers with a comprehensive opportunity to explore curricular themes by examining works of art through multiple sessions with a museum educator. Programs combine guided online gallery visits with professional development, assessment, and planning between teachers and museum educators. These elements make for successful, intensive programs that benefit both the school and us. Our educators work cooperatively with school and district leaders to determine the exact nature of each partnership, which may include professional development and a curriculum integrating museum educator–led lessons.

Our educators take an anti-oppressive approach in their teaching and collaborative practices. Through art-centered discussions, our School Programs team uses the given curriculum as an opportunity to center and prioritize narratives of historically marginalized groups that are missing from the syllabi of the Department of Education, as well as from parochial, private, and charter schools. We recognize that institutional and structural racism have historically informed U.S. education systems and museums, impacting children of all ages. We invite partners to join us in applying an anti-oppressive framework to teaching in order to prepare students to think critically, practice empathy, and offer strategies and resources for building a more just society.

Together we can:

  • Speak and listen with care
  • Build partnership agreements
  • Acknowledge multiple narratives through art
  • Complement and complicate curriculum by incorporating diverse artworks, artists, and art-making practices
  • Strengthen cultural fluency and literacy

We offer two models of School Partnership: 

Brooklyn District-wide Learning

In this model, each district works with museum educators to highlight a particular curriculum area for distinct grades. With input from district leaders and teachers, we will work to create a variety of resources—including pre-recorded videos, digital handouts, live virtual lessons, and more— which may be shared among schools within the district. Additionally, we offer teachers the pedagogical tools to implement the resources developed, in combination with several antiracist teaching workshops held throughout the year.

Customized School Partnerships 

In this model, serving grades K–12, teachers work with a dedicated museum educator to complement their school’s curriculum based on a selected theme. Each partnership may include live virtual lessons, pre-recorded video lessons, digital handouts, or some combination of these elements. All partnerships, regardless of scope, will include a planning meeting, antiracist teaching workshops, classroom observations (contingent on health and safety protocols), and a reflection meeting.

 

To request a partnership, please complete the request form. Schools must assign a coordinator to oversee the partnership throughout its duration.

Questions? Email us at school.programs@brooklynmuseum.org.