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 TeachingIowaHistory.com as ready.
History Relevance Campaign
The Iowa Museum Association
is an endorser of the Value Statement
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 discovering, demonstrating, and promulgating the value of history for individuals, communities, and the nation.
to Learn the Value of History and Seven Ways it is Essential.