Archives Connect: Developing a K-12 Outreach Initiative

Certificate Eligibility: 
0.75 CEU, 5 ARC
1 day
Max Attendees: 

Archives are poised to play a more significant and instrumental role in student achievement since the implementation of the Common Core standards. With a particular emphasis on 21st Century learning skills, including the ability to think critically, communicate clearly, and collaborate with peers to create high quality, scholarly work, these standards present an opportunity for archives to share their expertise with all educators and learners. This workshop models how participants can implement school outreach initiatives at their institutions, including how to utilize archival collections to meet Common Core Standards, create lesson plans, and engage students and teachers in history research to support a variety of academic disciplines.

Learning Outcomes: 
Understand how primary sources from diverse archives collections can be used to foster student inquiry, collaboration, and informed action.
Gain an understanding of how the Common Core framework, adopted as a set of educational standards across 42 states, creates a learning framework of inquiry and research that archives are ideally positioned to respond to.
Be prepared to engage with K-12 classroom teachers through an understanding of the K-12 classroom context, including local curriculum that determine content learning objectives of students in your community.
Identify ways their archive’s collections are applicable to local learning standards.
Learn instructional strategies for guiding students through basic interaction with primary sources in a manner that prompts connections between self and primary source material, and that develops inquiry rooted in questions and hypotheses.
Discuss specific, measurable goals for creating an education initiative out of their archive, and think through next steps including options for funding, building school contacts, marketing, etc.
Who Should Attend: 

Librarians and archivists who work with archives or special collections and are interested in making use of their collections for educational programming; administrators and managers responsible for determining institutional priorities.

What You Should Already Know: 

A basic understanding of archives and/or special collections.

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