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Achieving the Goals: Goal 1--All Children in America Will Start School Ready to Learn

Institute of Museum Services

"Museums and schools across the country are engaged in creative and innovative ways to make learning come alive for our children. Using museums' tremendous resources is a vital step in creating communities that support systematic education."

                         Diane B. Frankel, director of the                           Institute of Museum Services
The ultimate goal of the Museum Leadership Initiatives awards is to transform traditional thinking about museums and schools. By working collaboratively, these institutions can make a major impact on the education of our children. Museums provide so much more than the traditional field trip, and these funded projects demonstrate exemplary projects.

Chicago Children's Museum, Chicago, IL

Partner:
Center for Successful Child Development
Hartigan School
The museum will partner with an early childhood program and an elementary school to plan, develop, test and evaluate two Parent Networks that will serve as models for reduplication in future years. The project targets The Robert Taylor Public Housing Community, which is the largest and poorest public housing complex in the United States. The Chicago Children's Museum has a history of success working with low income communities on collaborative, school based initiatives. In 1992, the Museum created a public/private partnership to break down barriers that inhibit low income families from seeking enriching educational opportunities and gaining access to them.

Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD

Partners:
Baltimore City Public Schools
Baltimore County Public Schools
This project is based on the ground-breaking and award-winning exhibition "Mining the Museum" by African-American installation artist Fred Wilson. Since 1992, "Mining the Museum" has provided a forum for teachers, students, and museum educators to work together providing rich and challenging opportunities for students to address sensitive issues of African-American history, race, cultural identity, and truth, and to share their insights with parents, friends, and the larger community. The Maryland Historical Society will now have the opportunity to strategically plan for optimal educational uses of this extremely valuable learning resource.
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