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ERIC Number: EJ798150
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun-11
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Lessons at the Museum
Cavanagh, Sean
Education Week, v27 n41 p20-22 Jun 2008
Museums and cultural institutions have long provided a crucial resource for students and teachers in science classes. Many of those institutions consider working with schools to be a core part of their missions. This article describes Urban Advantage, one of the largest and most coordinated programs in the country which goes further than many museum-to-school outreach efforts by connecting students' trips to science centers directly to school curriculum. The program, launched by New York City school and government leaders, also provides teachers with extensive, ongoing training in how to use those institutions' resources effectively. A core piece of Urban Advantage is that it allows students to use exhibits and resources at the city's science institutions to work on science exit projects. Participating schools establish lessons and institutional visits for students completing those projects. In addition, Urban Advantage gives students and their families "vouchers" for free access to eight city science institutions that take part in the program, including zoos, aquariums, and museums.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York