(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.
Celebrate 40 years of BestFest, an annual event hosted by Roadrunner Productions as a part of UTSA Homecoming festivities. The event will feature a carnival, food and drink booths, a golf cart parade, firework and live music from Anthem.
Brackenridge Lot 1, Main Campus
Celebrate homecoming as the Roadrunners take on Rice. Come early for the Spirit Walk, tailgating, games, music and food. Stick around for a halftime show with SOSA and the crowning of Mr. and Ms. UTSA.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St., Downtown San Antonio
The Leadership Storytelling Homecoming Brunch brings together UTSA alumni and students to share a delicious meal as well as a roundtable conversation about how experiences in college carry us forward on unique leadership journeys.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
The conference is dedicated to sharing recent knowledge and experiences gained in the area of Big Data by researchers in academia, industry and the government sectors within the areas of business, national security, infrastructure, healthcare and visualization.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, via webcast, will examine America’s economic, political and security relations with China during CHINA Town Hall, an 80-city live discussion and Q&A on China and Sino-American relations.
Building Building, Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
The African American Studies program proudly presents William "Cruz" Shaw, San Antonio City Councilman and UTSA Alumnus. Event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The graduate fair is an opportunity for the UTSA student body and local San Antonio community to learn about graduate education opportunities. The event is free and open to the public.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104), Main Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA students to "Pizza With The Prez." Come grab a slice of pizza and take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President. Pizza while supplies last.
Frio Street Building, Food Court Commons Area, Downtown Campus
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