The typical one-day “field trip” is replaced in an EL/ Museum school by more purposeful “field-work,” planned by museum educators and classroom teachers who align exhibit and artifact study with specific curriculum targets. Follow-up classroom work can include Internet research, journal entries, letter- and story-writing, interviewing, creating models and displays for public exhibition.
Academic Focus and Support:
Brookings has benefited from a partnership with Expeditionary Learning Schools, a proven systemic reform instructional model. Through this partnership all teachers benefit from top-level professional development with a specific focus on English Language Arts and Math. At Brookings, an attention to literacy, in all its forms, is at the heart of all we do. Hands-on learning projects incorporate multiple subject areas and makes learning more relevant and powerful for students.
As part of their EL/Museum studies, students design, construct and learn to display beautifully artifacts and exhibition pieces as part of their learning experiences, showcasing their work for families and the community in the Brookings Gallery and during school wide Celebrations of Learning. During these exhibitions, the whole school is transformed into a place where history and learning come alive. Students become “docents,” explaining their work products and their relevance to what they are studying, making their learning more ingrained and powerful.