Professional Development

Dr. Glenn Gordinier, Robert G. Albion Historian at Mystic Seaport, leading an African American Maritime History professional development workshop. Teachers also participated in the workshop online via a Google Hangout.

School-Year Professional Development Programs

Mystic Seaport hosts free monthly professional development workshops that provide teachers with “behind-the-scenes” tours and thematic workshops that correlate the Museum’s vast collections with classroom curriculum. Workshops show teachers how to utilize the Museum and its collections in their classrooms through active participation and interaction with experts, primary source documents, and exhibition objects. Topics range from immigration, whaling, and life at sea, navigation and nautical instruments to the Civil War and World War II. Each session will also highlight our website for teachers. The sessions are free and include pizza and beverages. For any questions or to reserve your spot please contact Krystal Rose: krystal.rose@mysticseaport.org/, 860.572.0711 ext. 5025.

Upcoming Programs

Visit the event section of our Education website for the latest on our monthly professional development programs.

Summer Professional Development Programs

The Frank C. Munson Institute of American Maritime Studies at Mystic Seaport Museum offers dynamic and challenging graduate-level courses in American maritime history. During a five-week summer session, students may take two courses for graduate credit or CEUs. Course selections include a Maritime History Survey, a Maritime Studies Seminar and Independent Research. Mystic Seaport Museum serves as the unique campus for the courses, and students will also attend field seminars across southern New England. Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students are encouraged to apply.

Teacher Recognition

The Orion Award for Excellence in Experiential Education was introduced in 2005 in honor of Mystic Seaport’s 75th anniversary. The annual award honors one or more teachers for their commitment to utilizing the Museum’s collections, programs, and learning resources to create meaningful and innovative learning experiences for their students. The Orion Award recognizes teachers who are willing to take chances, to take full advantage of the resources that are available to them, to be creative, and to be ready to turn an unexpected moment into a spectacular teaching opportunity.


Need more information? Please email education@mysticseaport.org/.