Common Goals, Common Core:
Museums and Schools Work Together

Wednesday August 12th, 2015
Check in starts at 3:00
Program: 3:30-5:00

Shedd Aquarium, Accessible Entrance by the Man with Fish statue
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL
Free Jazzin’ at the Shedd admission included with registration
Parking costs not included with registration

Registration is now closed.

Museums all over the country have developed and offered education programs to help students and teachers align with the Common Core State Standards to achieve academic excellence. Primary resources provided by museums offer critical building blocks, and their unique learning environments, instructional materials, and pedagogical strategies support the Standards in English, language arts, and mathematics.

As schools and museums get ready for the fifth year of Common Core, it is time for museum educators to take stock. What lessons have we learned and what have we achieved to help classroom educators align their teaching with the Common Core? How have the Common Core Standards influenced museum education pedagogy? Do they move museum-school relationships and reciprocity to any new levels? Or do they set us back? And how do museums integrate other standards besides the Common Core? This forum, in conjunction with the upcoming Fall 2015 issue of the Journal of Museum Education on museums and standards, will explore these questions and more.

Moderator & Speakers:

  • Moderator: Carol Ng He, School and Community Program Manager, Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, and Guest Editor of the Fall 2015 Journal of Museum Education
  • Sarah Alvarez, Director of School Programs, The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Heidi Moisan, School Programs Manager, Chicago History Museum
  • Barbara Radner, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Urban Education, DePaul University

After the program stay and enjoy Jazzin’ at the Shedd

As an attendee of the MER forum, you are invited to stay and enjoy the Shedd Aquarium’s summertime event – Jazzin’ at the Shedd.  Your entry to Jazzin’ will be free, compliments of MER.

This festive summer event offers you the opportunity to explore Shedd Aquarium after hours while enjoying live music and taking in the incredible view of the Chicago skyline from the aquarium terrace.  At this particular Jazzin’, there will also be an opportunity to attend Shedd’s Science Pub where you can hear directly from Shedd experts on current conservation research efforts.   Food and beverage will be available for purchase at the event.  We hope you will stay after the forum and continue the hearty discussions about museum education at this event!