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During the 2011–12 school year, the Museum welcomed 22,000 students, teachers, and chaperones from the Washington, D.C. metro area to 803 individual school programs held at the Museum. 4,700 of these students were from D.C. public and public charter schools. 368 school programs were provided free of charge to D.C. Public Schools and Title I schools—46% of all programs (Title I refers to schools where at least 40% of the students are from low-income families).
Students investigated sustainable building practices, planned hundreds of cities, and discovered patterns all around them, using the historic building as their classroom. The Museum introduced a new school program, My House, My Home, which connects to the exhibition House & Home. During its first year, 92 programs of My House, My Home were offered.
The National Building Museum’s school programs are generously supported by the United Engineering Foundation, The William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Bloomberg, Clark Charitable Foundation, The Tower Companies, and an anonymous donor.
The Museum hosted two homeschool days where individual students could register for the Museum’s school programs. 233 children and 114 adults participated in homeschool days.
The National Building Museum Teacher Advisory Board (TAB) assists the Museum in developing program ideas, provide feedback on new initiatives, and give insight regarding school policy and education trends. The 2011-2012 Teacher Advisory Board comprised eight educators from area school districts, both public and private, representing elementary, middle, and secondary schools, as well as a range of disciplines, including: science, visual arts, social studies, and math. During the course of the year, four additional educators were invited to join the group. TAB members participated in several Museum projects, including redesigning the Museum’s Educator Resource Packets and providing feedback on a new school program tied to the Museum’s interactive exhibition, PLAY WORK BUILD.
The Museum also offered the following programs for teachers and educators: