(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.
UTSA researchers are exploring matter at the atomic level with Helenita. It's one of the most powerful microscopes in the world, with the ability to operate near the theoretical limit of resolution. At 9 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing more than two tons, Helenita can dissect almost anything. With Helenita's resolution, researchers can study particles atom by atom to see how they behave.
That's critical in developing nanotechnology that will help diagnosis early-stage breast cancer or make helmets that are uber strong. Moreover, the detail that Helenita provides will allow nanotechnology researchers to create new therapies and treatments to fight a wide range of human diseases.
Did you know? Helenita can magnify a sample 20 million times its size, which would make a strand of human hair the size of San Antonio.
Join AIA San Antonio’s Women in Architecture group for their networking and happy hour event, where all design professionals are welcome.
Liberty Bar, 1111 S. Alamo St.
This documentary, presented by the San Antonio Film Festival, documents the experience of re-entry after incarceration. The film features Michael Gilbert, associate professor in the department of criminal justice and director of the Office of Community and Restorative Justice program at UTSA.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd.
This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
Victor Cyrus, Jr will see his first book of poetry published this fall
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