Summer Institute 2014

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Bryan Howard, director of research and exhibits, shows teachers the artifact room at the ITC.

Summer Institute for Educators

Institute of Texan Cultures offers continuing education opportunities

SAN ANTONIO – The Institute of Texan Cultures was founded with a mandate to become the state’s leading institution for multicultural education. It continues to pursue that mandate by teaching the teachers. The 2014 Summer Institute for Educators convenes July 21 through 23, with an opportunity for educators to earn 20 continuing education credits.
"There are countless resources here at the ITC," said Christian Clark, Senior Program Coordinator. "We will show teachers how to use the museum and exhibits as models for the classroom, and how to use resources such as artifacts, oral histories and first-person accounts to satisfy Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. We can teach how to build a curriculum for the classroom."
During their time at the museum, educators will have opportunities to visit parts of the museum the public rarely has access to, such as the artifacts room, with the company of a museum curator to describe the handling, classification and interpretation of artifacts. Additionally, they will visit the exhibit fabrication workshop, to determine how a series of objects, graphics and text panels takes shape as a cohesive exhibit. The workshop includes using a student-produced museum exhibit as a framework for a class project.
"We recently finished the roster with 25 teachers enrolled," said Clark. "We’ll be seeing teachers at all grade levels, elementary through high school, from around the state. It’s vital that teachers keep up with their training requirements and certifications and it’s a vital service and resource the Institute of Texan Cultures is providing."
The museum continues its educator-specific programs this fall with monthly Teacher Tuesdays, starting with an introduction to the museum and its resources, then progressing into various topics through the fall semester.
As a UTSA component, the Institute of Texan Cultures assists in preparing pre-service teachers for their work in the classroom. The museum will see approximately 200 education majors each semester for workshops on inquiry based learning, interpretation techniques and bringing museum resources to the classroom.
The Institute of Texan Cultures is available for training opportunities year-round and can work with school-specific, grade-level specific or subject-specific groups to develop training opportunities and developing classroom curriculum.
The Institute of Texan Cultures is located on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. Admission is $8 for adults (ages 12-64); $7 for seniors (ages 65+); $6 for children (ages 3-11); free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification. To contact the education department, call 210-458-2281 or visit




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