Initiatives

     "The highest result of education is tolerance."
   - Helen Keller

Helen Keller's words serve as a reminder that TEACHERS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE.

Our year-round education initiatives represent the most important aspect of our efforts – reaching and impacting the lives of thousands of area students and teachers. Since 2004, more than 318,000 students have participated including 39,211 students in 2018 alone.

In addition to free field trips, a variety of resources are provided that include workshops presented by nationally recognized educators and professionally developed lesson plans relating to art appreciation, character building and diversity education. All lesson plans are created under the supervision of Sarasota County School District's curriculum development team and fully incorporate the NGSSS and Florida's Math and Language Arts Standards.

As a result of these efforts, students not only have a great field trip, but also a well-planned curriculum that is presented before, during and after their visit to the exhibit.

Teachers who participate in our education programs overwhelmingly rate them as meaningful and relevant educational experiences for their students. Specifically, of 202 teachers surveyed in 2018, 96% felt the experience was either “outstanding” or “very good.”