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Incorporating museum exhibits into classroom learning
Time and Date: Rescheduled for late February 2014
Join faculty members from Maplewood Richmond Heights Elementary (MRHE) and staff from the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial's (JNEM) exhibits and education departments as they present the why, what and how of incorporating museum exhibit design into classroom learning.
In 2000, MRHE adopted the metaphor of School as Museum to enrich the culture and learning environment of its school. The result was a collaborative and creative environment where students and faculty produce engaging and aesthetic exhibits to communicate the meaning of what they are learning. In the fall of 2012, MRHE and JNEM collaborated on a project to produce an exhibit at the Gateway Arch Special Exhibit Gallery. Students and faculty worked with National Park staff to research, collect and display artifacts related to their area of study, as well as explore the various functions of what a museum does.
Workshop sessions will include:
· Introduction to museum design concepts and process (case study: Arch redesign)
· How museum design concepts are used in the Museum of Westward Expansion
· The philosophy of School as Museum
· How to apply the museum design concepts and process in your classroom
· How to select and arrange specific artifacts to support your theme/story
Space is limited to 25 teachers. To make your reservation, contact Peter Hovey.
Workshops are supported in part by Jefferson National Parks Association.
Free Professional Development Workshops
Park education staff will develop a workshop that fits your school's needs. We can travel to your school or your staff can come to the park. The workshop length can be tailored to fit your schedule, from 1 hour up to 4 hours. All workshops use curriculum-based, interdisciplinary activities to explore the themes of the park.
General workshop topics include:
For more information, or to schedule a workshop, please e-mail Julie Northrip or call 314-655-1615.
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