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UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures teaches the teachers at summer institute
(July 31, 2014) -- The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures recently hosted the 2014 Summer Institute for Educators with the opportunity to teach the teachers about historical resources and earn continuing education credits. The institute is in keeping with the museum's mandate to be the state's leading institution for multicultural education.
"There are countless resources here at the ITC," said Christian Clark, senior program coordinator. "We show teachers how to use the museum and exhibits as models for the classroom and how to use resources such as artifacts, oral histories and first-person accounts to satisfy the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills requirements. We can teach how to build a curriculum for the classroom."
While at the museum, educators visited areas of the museum the public rarely sees. In the artifacts room, for example, participants are in the company of a museum curator who describes the handling, classification and interpretation of artifacts. The educators go through the exhibit fabrication workshop to learn how objects, graphics and text panels take shape as a cohesive exhibit. The workshop includes using a student-produced museum exhibit as a framework for a class project.
"We recently had 25 teachers enrolled," said Clark. "We see teachers at all grade levels, elementary through high school, from around the state. It's vital that teachers keep up with their training requirements and certifications, and it's an important service and resource the Institute of Texan Cultures is providing."
The museum will continue its educator-specific programs this fall with monthly Teacher Tuesdays. The event will begin with an introduction to the museum and its resources, then will progress into various topics through the fall semester.
For more information on professional development for educators, visit the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures website.