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Jay P. Greene, Brian Kisida and Daniel H. Bowen explore the declining role of field trips in American public education. Seeking to prove the worth of visiting cultural institutions, the authors conducted an experiment which compared students who had recently visited an art museum on a field trip to those who had not.

Cultural institutions certainly have many opportunities to serve students and families. Here's an example of a truly creative pre-school: http://www.hfrp.org/publications-resources/browse-our-publications/learning-together-exploring-a-nonprofit-museum-preschool-family-partnership-model (link is external).   

Taking students to an art museum improves critical thinking skills, and more. Read more at http://educationnext.org/the-educational-value-of-field-trips/.

Museums in a Common Core World - A blog post by Naomi Coquillon, Manager of the  Youth and Teacher Programs in the Department of Education and Interpretation at the National Museum of American History (NMAH), about how museums are  articulating  value to schools within the framework of the Common Core Learning Standards.