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Claudia B. Ocello

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Claudia Ocello has over 25 years’ experience in museums working on exhibitions, education programs, accessibility and evaluation projects.  Her museum career began at the Newark Museum teaching education programs, and after receiving her Masters in Museum Education from Bank Street College, NYC, she worked at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Barnum Museum, and The New Jersey Historical Society.   

During her 10 year tenure at the Historical Society, Claudia gained experience leading a team of educators to develop and teach award-winning education programs and work on award-winning exhibitions first as Curator of Education, and then as Director of Programs and Exhibitions.

In 2002, the Education Committee of the American Association of Museums awarded the Historical Society the award for Excellence in Programming for Partners in Learning: Teen Parents and their Children at Museums, a program which she helped create. 

Joining the staff of Save Ellis Island  (a non-profit partner with the National Park Service) in 2006 enabled Claudia to focus on developing new education programs for school groups and teachers, as well as train docents, advise on accessibility issues, and continue to advise on exhibitions and plans for visitor access to restored and un-restored spaces in the former hospital buildings on Ellis Island. 

In 2008, Claudia received the Award for Excellence in Practice from the Education Committee of the American Association of Museums, the highest recognition by her peers.  In 2013, The New Jersey Association of Museums honored Claudia with the John Cotton Dana Award. Seton Hall University named Claudia as Adjunct Faculty Teacher of the Year in 2017.

 Claudia co-teaches Introduction to Museum Education I and II courses in the Masters in Museum Professions Program at Seton Hall University, where she has been an adjunct faculty member for over 16 years.  She has also served on many committees for education and schools throughout the state of New Jersey.   

Claudia has a forthcoming chapter she co-authored in a book about Historic House museums re-inventing themselves (2018) andhas published articles in Museum Magazine, authored a chapter in the revised edition of Building Museum School Partnerships (American Association of Museums, 2010) as well as a chapter about audiences in The Routledge Companion to Museum Ethics (Routledge, 2011) and several chapters in A Life in Museums: Managing Your Museum Career (American Association of Museums, 2011).  She is a member of American Alliance of Museums and on the Steering Committee for its Education branch, EdCom; serves as a reviewer for the Museum Assessment Program; is a member of the American Association for State and Local History and New York City Museum Education Roundtable, co-moderates #MuseumEdChat on Twitter, and is actively involved in mentoring young professionals in the museum field. 

Claudia is President & CEO of Museum Partners Consulting, LLC.

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