Experiential learning, partnerships, curriculum development, teacher professional development
Museum Education, Literacy Studies
Ed.D., Language Arts and Literacy, UMass Lowell; M.A., English, Rivier University; B.A. English/Secondary Ed., ULowell
Sheila Kirschbaum directs the Tsongas Industrial History Center (TIHC), an education partnership of UMass Lowell’s Graduate School of Education and Lowell National Historical Park. The TIHC, a field-study destination for educators and students, offers hands-on, place-based experiences that develop understanding of the significance of the Industrial Revolution and its relevance today, using Lowell as a case study. In addition to its school programs, the TIHC provides high-quality teacher professional development, drawing national audiences to its institutes and workshops. Sheila‘s experience as an educator ranges from high school and college teaching to writing consulting, museum education, and curriculum development. A priority in her work has been to engage Lowell Public Schools’ students with the Park’s and Center’s resources, building knowledge and skills in history and science as well as fostering pride of place. Sheila and her TIHC colleagues also strongly value their collaborations with UMass Lowell faculty and students on mutually beneficial projects that span a wide variety of disciplines.