Educator Resources

Museum educators offer informal, active education opportunities, typically outside of the school classroom, although many museums bring programs to school classrooms.  Educators offer educational experiences for ages pre-K to adult by incorporating active learning skills which involve the learner in questioning and experiential learning.  Through this process foundational skills are developed which later enable students to master reading, writing, social studies, science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM).

Museum educators incorporate curriculum standards into their lesson plans in order to meet classroom requirements and better serve their classroom teacher partners.  A wide variety of  resources are available to educators.

Museums in the classroom and/or field trips - Iowa museums have programs for all ages on many subjects.

Photo courtesy of the Grout Museum District, Waterloo, Iowa.

Iowa Social Studies Standards

The new Iowa Social Studies Standards are posted here .  

Lesson plans that correlate to new Iowa Social Studies Standards will be created over two years and posted at as ready.

History Relevance Campaign

The Iowa Museum Association is an endorser of the Value Statement and supporter of the History Relevance Campaign.

The History Relevance Campaign is a diverse group of history professionals posing questions about what makes the past relevant today.
The Campaign serves as a catalyst for dis
covering, demonstrating, and promulgating the value of history for individuals, communities, and the nation.

Click here to Learn the Value of History and Seven Ways it is Essential.