NATICK, Mass., Sept. 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Museum of World War II announced today the addition of Marshall Carter as director of education. The former principal of Milton Academy, Carter will be responsible for developing a World War II education program which includes hands-on field experiences for students and professional development workshops for teachers. The program is aimed at bringing students from seventh to 12th grade into direct, multisensory contact with original World War II documents and artifacts.
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Carter has a clear purpose in coming to the museum. "From my own upbringing, I know the impact war can have. It's important that students understand the war's root causes and its lasting consequences. Students visiting the Museum of World War II consistently note how powerful and complex their experience here is. They witness loss and devastation, and they also see how courage and resilience can overcome aggression and evil. The Museum gives them a humbling sense of perspective on their own lives, and insight into human nature." Students can touch most items in the museum's unparalleled collection, connecting them very closely to history. Carter says, "students and teachers use their multiple senses, and become historians themselves here. I'm confident that our collections and exhibits will become a significant public resource for history education in Massachusetts, and nationally."
As part of the program, the Museum of World War II has additionally announced a partnership with Natick-based technology firm, MathWorks, to develop technology to enhance students' interaction with the Museum's original artifacts. MathWorks and the Museum will collaborate to develop technology applications for Museum education programs and program evaluation tools, as well as web-based and social media platforms to promote the Museum's educational programs.
The Museum's vision is to build an education center in Natick to support these dynamic programs. The newly-named Shipley Education Center will be staffed by skilled instructors, and thoughtfully equipped with leading-edge technology to enhance teaching and learnings. The initiative is being launched through a major gift from the Shipley Foundation, which provides support for various educational programs.
"This is an incredibly exciting time for the museum," said Kenneth Rendell, founder of the Museum of World War II. "It has always been our mission to enhance how World War II history is taught in schools by connecting today's children to the values and experiences of the war. Thanks to Marshall, MathWorks and the Shipley Foundation, we now have a cornerstone for our education center, and look forward to the continued support to make our vision a reality."
About The Museum of World War II
The Museum of World War II is a not for profit museum located in Natick, Massachusetts. Founded in 1999 by Kenneth W. Rendell, one of the world's premier dealers in autographs, letters and manuscripts, the Museum features more than 7,000 World War II artifacts and 500,000 documents, making it the most comprehensive collection in the world. For more information please visit www.museumofworldwarii.com.
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