Kinder Foundation Education Center Teacher Fellows are distinguished educators from the Houston metro area who have demonstrated leadership skills and a passion for innovative teaching and learning methods in their classrooms. The 2011–2014 Teacher Fellows work with MFAH education staff to develop a new approach to interdisciplinary classroom curriculum, school and teacher resources, and professional development opportunities at the museum. These middle school teachers of math, science, social studies, language arts, and art were selected through their participation in other MFAH activities or recommended by museum staff members.
The Teacher Fellows collaborate with the MFAH education staff on the recently awarded grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to support the initiative Learning Through Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston/Middle School (LTA/MS). This grant, "Museums for America: Engaging Communities," allows the MFAH to research and develop LTA/MS as a new resource for middle school educators.
The grant also enables the MFAH to carry out much-needed research on middle school educators’ attitudes toward and perceptions of art-based interdisciplinary curriculum and the role of museums in teaching and learning. LTA/MS will strengthen the museum’s ability to support the work of middle school educators and will generate research that can be used by museums across the country to develop their own curriculum resources for educators in their own communities. The Teacher Fellows will help to identify the areas of the curriculum that offer rich opportunity for arts-integrated teaching as well as help determine an appropriate approach for developing curriculum-based workshops and resources for educators.
The MFAH values educators’ expertise and strives for true collaboration to develop meaningful resources for students and teachers. Teacher Fellows are essential to developing LTA/MS.
This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The mission of the IMLS is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.
2011–2014 KFEC Teacher Fellows
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Laurie Stone Adams
Gaye Don Tyler