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Florence Griswold Museum
Fiscal Year: 
Old Lyme
Recipient Type: 
Museums for America
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MFA-Learning Experiences

The Florence Griswold Museum (FGM) will develop, produce, and evaluate a prototype online learning portal that will help Connecticut elementary school teachers and students learn about state history and culture through the museum's collections of American art. The museum will design the content to align with Connecticut's new frameworks for Social Studies and Connecticut Common Core learning objectives and will provide visual teaching strategies in which teachers learn to support students' critical thinking skills by facilitating discussions of works of art. With input from curriculum specialists, teachers, and students, the museum will develop an online portal with a selection of FGM's works of art as primary documents to engage learning about local, state, and national history. Feedback from this project will help inform the creation of a complete collection of online portfolios for the teacher web portal.