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Kentucky Intensive Museums Seminar

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    • The Kentucky Intensive Museum Management Seminar:Exhibits
      Fighting for the field trip dollar: Effective Exhibit Planning and Educational Programming for the School Audience
      Christy Spurlock
      March, 2010
    • What Teachers want . . .
    • So tell me what you want, what you really really want,I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want . . .Spice Girls song “Wannabe”
    • Exhibits and programming that reflect and enhance what is being Taught and Tested in class
    • If your build it, they will come . . .
    • NO!!!!!
      Educational Reform
      State Specific Curriculum
      Ever Shrinking Field Trip Dollar
      School audiences will not be sold on visiting exhibits not reflective of their curriculum
    • If you build it FOR them, they will come . . .
    • One can stretch/twist to make an exhibit “sort of” match
    •  Step One
      I have an idea for an exhibit subject.
      How do I figure out who (if any) my target school demographic is?
      Where do I start first?
    • Step Two
      What subjects are taught in which grades?
      Let’s just go with one content area- Social Studies.
      What is taught in 1st grade? 2nd? 3rd? 4th? 5th? 6th? 7th? 8th?
    • KDE Website
      Curriculum Maps and Core Content* We will come back to this
    • Step three
      OK, so now I know the following . . .
      K-3rd  Government
      grade Historical Perspective
      Cultures & Societies
      4th grade KY History
    • 5th grade US History
      6th grade Geography-The World and its people
      7th grade World History
      8thgrade US History *Through Reconstruction
    • What about High School?
      What is taught in Social Studies during 9th? 10th? 11th? 12th?
      What are the Social Studies requirements to graduate in KY?
    • Three credits for social studies are required for high school graduation. These credits must incorporate the five social studies disciplines of U.S. history, economics, government, world geography, and world civilization.
      Districts and schools can arrange the essential content within the three-credit requirement to best meet their need.
    • 9th or 10th World History
      9th or 10th Political Science/ Economics
      11th grade US History
      *Since Reconstruction
    • Step Four
      How do I find out specifically what 4th graders are studying in KY history?
    • Pop Quiz Time
      Can an exhibit have more than one authentic grade level audience?
    • Yes!
      The key is authenticity!
      Exhibit must have natural, legitimate worthwhile connection to that grade’s curriculum
    • Is she going to bring her class?
      Remember this guy?
      Twist & Stretch . . .
    • Step Five
      Tested? how is it being tested?
      Testing drives the curriculum!
      Sample questions from the test.
      * We will come back to this
    • Step Six
      Now I am ready to start planning my exhibit!
    • Pick up the phone and call . . .
      “What would you like to see in an exhibit about ________?”
    • State Department of ED Website
    • Audience?
    • Current Textbooks
    • Let’s do lunch!
    • NO Bubble-IN Surveys!!!
    • Take a page from Conner Prairie and come up with your own . . .
      Anonymous survey mailed to every teacher with a return self addressed envelope
      What did you like best about your field trip?
      What would you like to see changed/gotten rid of or done differently?
      What exhibits or resources would you suggest for the future?
    • Gifts! Teachers Love Gifts!
    • New exhibit that has a school audience
      How are you going to appeal to multiple intelligences???Linguistic, Logical-mathematical, Musical,
      Bodily-kinesthetic, Spatial, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal ?
      Title of exhibit?
      Target audience
      Specifically, what in their curriculum?
    • How are you going “to own it and rock it?” Why should I bring my class?
    • Share Out
      Hands-On Activities?
      Things you have seen elsewhere that you can adapt to your exhibit?
    • Final Thoughts
      School field trips, future exhibits have to be designed for them . . . from the beginning
      Get target demographic’s curriculum, textbooks, teachers on the phone during design
      What do they need, want . . . What will appeal to your target grade/s ?
      In the words of those great modern day philosophers . . . . With exhibit planning are you . . . .
    • “Someone who knows how to own it, and rock it . . .”
    • CHANGES TO ky Testing & therefore curriculum
      AKA Senate Bill 1 (SB1)
      2009 SB1 passed and it changes KY’s assessment
      2009-2011 Transition period
      2012 New State Test Debuts
    • Things we can talk about if we have time . . .
    • Can do programming not connected to exhibits
      Special field trip days
      Example such as “KY Historic Native American Days”
      By finding out what your educator audience truly wants, can come up with programming that will be “sold out!”
    • Bait!
      Traveling Trunks
      School project such as 4th and 5th grade KY themed Christmas Ornaments
      Dramatic Performances such as International Holiday
      Web site
      Promotional items
      Items from your gift shop
      Educational Program Guide
      Visually appealing emails- used sparingly!
      Ad on Education page of area paper
    • Textbooks
      Different schools in the same district use different textbooks.
      Email a 4th grade teacher at each school in your area and ask for the name and publisher of their KY Social Studies textbook. Email 5th grade for US textbook.
      Purchase the most commonly used ones.
      When your exhibits team designs/plans an exhibit have a copy of the curriculum in hand/ along with the textbook. Sometimes it is just a matter of semantics – saying it this way instead of that way
      Developing our Civil War in KY exhibit, we had the current 4th grade and 5th grade texts, along with the Core Content and suggestions from teachers
    • Design your ED webpage for teachers
      ED page should be designed for teachers and easy to navigate
      May also include additional educational resources
      Regularly updated
    • Education Advisory Council
      Target 4-6 outstanding teachers of your target grade level/s. How? Ask around- email principals and tell them what you want
      Invite to lunch/discussion session with a specific agenda
      Schedule for one hour at most convenient time for teachers- at end or beginning of school year
      If you have to pay them or offer some type of incentive, well worth the effort!
    • Education Programs & Tours booklet
      Booklet describing your programs and tours with Core Content numbers
      Available online
      Mail a copy to every teacher of target grade/s in area
      See example
    • Traveling Trunks
      Ask the target audience teachers what trunks they would like developed
      Travel Trunk statistics – number of students
      Total 2005 143
      Total 2006 1025
      Total 2007 1609
      Total 2008 4785
      Total 2009 3884
    • Ad on weekly Education Page of Daily News