12605 BB: Intersections: Exploring Science, Literacy and Learning in School and at the Museum

06/13/2015 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
The Wiltern A

Organizers: Tanya Baker, Kim Douillard
Presenters: Kris Mooney, Doretta Winkleman, Valentyna Banner

Intended Audience:

Teachers, educators from youth-serving informal learning contexts (especially museums), organizational leaders

About the Workshop:

Funded by the National Science Foundation, Intersections is a national project undertaken by National Writing Project (NWP) and the Association for Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) in order to create knowledge about working at the intersections of formal and informal education, science and literacy, schools and museums.

This project supports the development of 10 partnerships between writing project sites and science and technology centers around the country, and aims to develop and study a national network of such partnerships. Over the four years of the project, the network will test and refine multiple program models, resulting in programs that both provide direct service to educators and youth, and simultaneously form a body of knowledge regarding intersections: of formal and informal education, schools and museums, and science and literacy learning.

In this workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn about a partnership between formal and informal educators at the San Diego Area Writing Project, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, and the San Diego Natural History Museum, where a team of classroom teachers and museum educators have worked together to rethink the field trip as an opportunity to help students see that learning can and should continue outside the walls of school, with or without adults present, and that their own interests and questions are critically important to expanding the possibilities for this learning.

In the session participants will use the tools of ethnographic action research in order to examine materials and experiences of various field trip models and learn about how educators working in schools and museums have worked together to increase understandings about each others’ work and institutions, about science and literacy, and most importantly about young people learning in and across both spaces.

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