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Teacher Academy

Science Learning from the Works of Scientists

For an overview, please take a look at the poster that was presented at the RBMS (Rare Books and Manuscripts Section) Conference in 2015 here.

Science Learning from the Works of Scientists is a collaborative project between The Bakken and the Minneapolis Public Schools that sets out to demonstrate the potential of special collections libraries to contribute in a new, innovative and significant way to K-12 science education. This project supports students in developing science competencies that are critical to ensuring they are prepared for college, career and civic engagement upon completing high school. This project is in response to the need to address the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in Science that define science-specific literacy skills for students in grades 6-12. Specifically, these standards demand students are able to read challenging informational text in ways that develop their scientific thinking and communication skills.

This webpage is a work in progress and includes (or will eventually include) the following:

  • A virtual teaching library of digitized resources from The Bakken’s collection, including lesson plans and teaching notes linked to standards.
  • A process blog to document the progress of this project over time.
  • Upon completion of the project, a white paper documenting project successes, challenges, and lessons learned as well as a model for adaption or adoption by other special collections libraries in collaboration with schools or school districts.

This project runs from November 2014 through October 2015.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant number SP-02-14-0045-14.

This project builds on a teacher professional development program offered by The Bakken in collaboration with the Minneapolis Public Schools. Funds for this program are provided by a grant from the federal Improving Teacher Quality Program of the No Child Left Behind Act administered by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. The Project is financed by $45,000 in federal funds and $3,000 from nonfederal sources.