Several years ago, we embarked on a large project to reinterpret the Crane House to include the period
when it was a segregated YWCA for African American women and girls. The project included researching the history, identifying
women to interview for oral histories, creating an hour-long documentary about the subtle segregation in the North and the
role the YWCA played for the women and girls who were part of it, reinterpreting the house to tell a more inclusive history,
and public and school programs that pertain to Civil Rights, segregation, integration, and women’s history.
Throughout the multi-year project, Claudia became
like a member of our staff, guiding us through the process with her knowledge and diplomacy. The documentary was accepted
into and premiered at the Montclair Film Festival in 2014. The project has been featured at the Annual Meetings of the
American Association of State and Local History, the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums,
and the New Jersey Historical Commission. We were also honored to be commended by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders
for our work in preserving women’s history and to receive the Giles R. Wright Grant Award from the New Jersey Historical Commission at the 34th Annual Marion Thompson
Wright Lecture Series sponsored by Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience. Even though
the project is complete, Claudia continues to act as our advocate in the museum community.
We look forward to finding an opportunity to
work with Museum Partners Consulting in the future.
- Jane M. Eliasof, Executive Director, Montclair Historical Society
Claudia Ocello is a consummate museum professional who I would recommend
for any position and/or job.
I first met Claudia when she was Director of Education at the New Jersey
Historical Society. She was my instructor for a workshop at Bank Street College where she taught me how to create fun, inventive
informal education programs using state learning standards. Her teachings have been invaluable to me.
we worked together on curriculum discussing the Dutch in Brooklyn. Claudia’s work helped shaped a curriculum that teachers
will use for years to come. She brought insights on using primary source materials that may appear obscure, but helped cover
As a professor, she brings years of real world experience to the classroom and
gives terrific insights into what formal and informal education is and how to do it well. Ms. Ocello is a pleasure to work
with and will enhance any entity who chooses to hire her.
- Shirley Brown-Alleyne, Manager
of Teaching and Learning, Brooklyn Historical Society
It was such a pleasure working with Claudia
and MPC on the development of four interdisciplinary lesson plans related to our fall exhibition Casey Ruble: Everything That Rises.
This exhibition addressed sensitive subject matter including the Underground Railroad, race riots, slavery, racism and social
justice. Claudia handled these important issues with sensitivity, historical accuracy and professionalism. Her museum education
expertise showed through her writing of the lesson plans, acute research, use of primary materials and art analysis. Furthermore,
her suggestion to consult a panel of school teachers proved to be a valuable asset to the process. I look forward to working
with Claudia again in the future. Thank you!
Cara Bramson, Director of Education and Community Engagement, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
In her work
with us on our accessibility study and plan, Claudia Ocello brought to the project the highest level of professionalism and
knowledge of best practices in the field. Claudia kept the project on schedule and budget, kept us organized and managed its
many pieces. Whenever we had questions, Claudia considered them thoughtfully and answered in a timely manner. I highly recommend
Claudia and Museum Partners Consulting for any project!
- Eileen Morales, Executive Director, Red Mill Museum Village
Claudia Ocello from MPC was a pleasure to work with, staying on schedule and within our agreed budget.
Through surveys, focus groups, and research she helped us evaluate our school program offerings and used her knowledge of
best practices and current trends to provide guidance on the future of our programs. I look forward to the next opportunity
to work with Claudia.
- Amanda Meyer, former Manager of School and Youth Programs,
Heritage Museums & Gardens
Working with Claudia on the development of a pilot educational program for middle school students
at the National Museum of Natural History was an absolute pleasure. She tackled every challenge head on with calmness
and creativity, was flexible and nimble at making necessary adjustments but took the time to be reflective and thoughtful
in her practice. She brought a fresh perspective to the work we were doing and although our work together was short, her
energy, ideas and recommendations have made a lasting impression.
- Gale Robertson, Manager of School and Youth Programs, National Museum of Natural History
was a god-send: At the time I was the director of education at an aquarium near NYC, looking for someone to help my department
as we worked through a strategic plan goal to revamp our core program curriculum to align with the Common Core State Standards
and Next Generation Science Standards. I wanted someone who could help build the capacity of my staff to develop effective
curriculum, assist us in the development of a lesson plan template, and help drive the process of program redesign according
to an established timeline. For this endeavor, my ideal candidate was someone with museum and elementary teaching experience,
in addition to an academic background in formal, effective approaches to curriculum development. Not only was Claudia the
complete package, but she approached the job in an extremely thoughtful way, adeptly walking the lines between facilitator,
teacher and critical friend. I would hire her again in a second!
- Jamie Alonzo, former Director of Education, The
Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
Claudia from MPC worked collaboratively with Brooklyn Museum staff to assess
current programs and services for schools and provide recommendations to initiate new programs that best support instructional
priorities now and in the future. Her work ethic kept the project on time, and her talent provided invaluable feedback and
insight. I recommend MPC without reservation.
Fairchild, School Programs Manager, Brooklyn Museum
Claudia visited Ortega Museum Magnet Elementary School to conduct a 6 hour professional
development for K-5 educators. Claudia’s ideas on integrating museum resources into the curriculum were innovative and
can be easily implemented by our teachers to bring diversity to content. I am positive these “museum-learning”
strategies will lead students to extended observation, questioning, research, analysis, and reflection.
- Jill Cross, Curriculum Integration Specialist, Ortega Museum Magnet School
I became involved midstream with a survey/focus group project that my organization and Museum
Partners Consulting were working on together. Claudia updated me on details, mentored me through paperwork and deadlines,
and provided an environment of professionalism that resulted in a successful and informed adaptation of our strategic plan.
Her well documented reports have illuminated our board committees and her passion for the work she does, along with her gregarious
nature, animated our reach into the community. She is an insightful, accomplished museum professional whom I hope to
-Heather Wyse Emelander, President, Morris County Historical Society
at the New York Public Library contracted with Museum Partners Consulting to assist us on two project evaluations
for which we needed an outside eye. Museum Partners Consulting staff were responsive, efficient and insightful in the development,
implementation and reporting of each evaluation.
- Lynda Kennedy, Director, Teaching & Learning, Literacy
and Outreach, NYPL
Texas Association of Museums recently worked with Museum Partners
Consulting on a very successful workshop series called "One Size Does Not Fit All: Museum Education Workshop."
Claudia B. Ocello, the president and CEO of Museum Partners Consulting, traveled to Texas where she presented a dozen workshops
in diverse regions of the state. Not only did she have an obvious command of the subject matter, but Claudia also employed
her skills of audience engagement to reach a wide variety of workshop participants. I was impressed with her advance
preparation, how readily she embraced the goals of our project, and her determination to understand the different cultural
communities in a vast area. As an instructor, Claudia was knowledgeable, thorough, and engaging. I am looking
forward to bringing her back to work with Texas Association of Museums again.
- Ruth Ann
Rugg, Executive Director, Texas Association of Museums
Historic Hudson Valley contracted with Museum Partners Consulting to develop the first afterschool program ever held
at Washington Irving's Sunnyside. Ms. Ocelo was a delight to work with. She is thorough and professional.
Ms. Ocello encouraged us to think differently about how we view our site and how we introduce its story to children.
The results were amazing.
- Dina Friedman, Site Director, Washington
Irving's Sunnyside, Historic Hudson Valley
The Camden County Historical Society utilized the services of Museum
Partners Consulting to conduct a grant funded ADA/Accessibility Study for our organization. Museum Partners worked closely
with CCHS in a very professional, organized and meaningful to produce a study that encompassed all areas of our organization.
The final product is a useful, well laid out plan that CCHS can put into action to make our organization accessible to everyone.
Linda Gentry, Executive Director, Camden County Historical Society
Working with MPC has been a pleasure. MPC staff understands the value -- as well
as the particular challenges - of public history and education. I would recommend their consulting services highly.
- Dr. Peter Mickulas, Formerly with The NJ Historical Commission
Claudia has been an educational
consultant for the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation since 2009. She brings a great deal of experience
in developing inventive educational programming for students and teachers. We are currently in development on two teacher
workshops and two new school programs. Claudia has the great ability to utilize the unique identity of an institution and
increase its potential by listening to staff members while offering constructive input. All of us at NJVVMF feel very lucky
that we are working with an individual who works hard to help us achieve our goals.
-Kathleen Henry, Coordinator of Education Initiatives
& Resources, New Jersey Vietnam Era Education Center/Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation
Claudia Ocello of Museum Partners Consulting is a pleasure to work
with. She is dependable and professional. Her consulting work for The Newark Museum was completed in a timely and skillful
manner. I'm looking forward to our next project!
-Kevin Heller, Assistant
Director of Education for Instructional Services, Newark Museum
Please refer to our Client List
page to see with whom we've worked.