11th Event Will Focus On New Educational Idea, Museum
5, 2000 -- A new concept in schooling, museum schools,
will be explored during a symposium Tuesday, April 11, at the University
Thomas Jefferson Center for Educational Design at U.Va.s Curry
School of Education will hold the symposium from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
in room 200 of Ruffner Hall to explore the idea of museum schools,
which link the formal learning environment of a school with the
informal learning experience associated with a museum.
museum schools the curriculum, instruction and assessment of students
are aligned closely with a museum or cultural institution. Some
of these schools are housed on site at a museum; in other such schools
students and teachers visit a museum on a regular basis. There is
wide variety among the approximately 20 museum schools nationwide.
the symposium teachers and museum educators will describe instructional
strategies, theme-focused curricula and collaborative learning environments
that are distinctive to museum schools.
Marable, the museum school program director in the Smithsonian Center
for Education and Museum Studies, and a national leader in the field
of museum schools, will describe the concept during the symposium.
She will provide an overview of the museum school program and a
local school districts partnership with the Smithsonian.
at the symposium will be teachers from the elementary and middle
schools located at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Dianne Moore-Williams, a third-grade teacher at the Brent Museum
Magnet Elementary School, and Lesa Warrick, a resource teacher at
the Stuart Hobson Museum Magnet Middle School, will discuss how
they use museum resources in the classroom to improve student achievement.
They will also display samples of students work.
event, co-sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Center for Educational
Design, the Bayly Art Museum and the Department of Leadership, Foundations
and Policy in the Curry School, is open to the public, but space
is limited to 30 people, and reservations are required.
reservations, contact Rebecca Borden, assistant director, Thomas
Jefferson Center for Educational Design, at (804) 982-2866 or via
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857