The Westcott House Education Programs
"May the legacy, architecture and design of The Westcott House inspire awareness and creativity in your world"
The Westcott House Foundation strives to preserve and share the rich legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright and Burton J. Westcott and to inspire awareness and appreciation among the young audience for the design and creative solutions in their everyday life. Our vision is to become a facilitator of creative thinking, innovation and collaboration, as well as an integral part of the educational infrastructure of the region. The only early work by Frank Lloyd Wright in the state of Ohio, The Westcott House is a unique resource where school field trips can be focused on the work of America's premier architect, within the context of a significant example of his work. The Westcott House is located within a two hour drive for over 2.5 million school age children, serving as a regional resource for architectural education.
Exciting teacher-friendly opportunities to come!
In collaboration with the WHF volunteers, Springfield Schools teachers, Wittenberg University Education Department and Clark County Community Consortium, The Westcott House staff is developing special programs for our young visitors. The goal is to target specific age groups, each one with different objectives, to meet the curriculum of local schools and to maximize the benefits of the visit to the Frank Lloyd Wright's Westcott House. The tour will focus on a different central theme for elementary school, middle school and high school.
- Support teachers in their efforts to adhere to Ohio State Goals and Academic Standards
- Provide unique hands-on activities and opportunities for students to develop their abstract thinking, thus strengthening strong visual, observational and mathematical skills
- Build students' pride of living in Springfield, the hometown of the architectural masterpiece by Frank Lloyd Wright
- Encourage personal connection to and appreciation for Springfield
We will customize to meet teacher's objectives while incorporating fundamentals of architecture, design and technology.
By directly linking our field trips to the state's learning standards, we will make our programs more relevant and easier to use by teachers.
Emphasis is placed on meeting multiple academic content standards for Mathematics, Social Studies and Visual Arts, grades K-12, while addressing components of Technology, Language Arts, and Science.
Materials to be available for teachers/students:
- Presentation at the school prior to the visit delivered by The Westcott House Foundation representative to familiarize students with the subject.
- Teacher Resource Pack: the material will be available for teachers after they schedule the tour. The packet will feature pre- and post-visit activities for preparing students in advance of the tour and for further study in the classroom after the tour.
Students for Students Initiative
Project Wright: After-School Program for High School Students.
In spring 2005 The Westcott House worked with Catholic Central High and Middle School to offer a special program for their students. Nine high school students, trained by The Westcott House staff and Catholic Central teachers, led the tours and math activities for their middle school colleagues. Project Wright was a success and we would be happy to offer such an opportunity to other schools. For more information please call Marta Wojcik, Curator of Interpretation at 937.327.9291