Mapping the current and potential relationships between Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers and Museums, Archives and Libraries (MLA): "Museums, archives and libraries are an important potential resource for trainee teachers, enabling them to more readily and effectively meet the recently revised Professional Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. This project mapped current activity in this area and explored the scope for future collaboration and partnerships between ITT providers and museums, archives and libraries."
Even though this resource is from the UK it has some wonderful concepts that could be of great use here in Oklahoma. Take a look at it and see what you think.
Recommendations in the report include:
1) A joint advocacy task group - including representatives from museums, archives and libraries who are actively involved in this work, ITT providers, Partner Schools...to prepare advocacy information for use when exploring possibilities for actively supporting ITT work through MLAs (9.1).
2) Workshops to encourage sharing of expertise and network building - adaptation of the project workshop model as a basis for offering a series of Regional workshops to encourage sharing of expertise around ITT work with MLAs and to encourage partnership building (9.2).
3) Regional partnership building – encouraging the Regional MLA bodies to take up this issue, using the guidance offered by the second project workshop as a starting point (9.3).
4) Information skills training – encouraging the Regional MLA bodies to monitor the likely requirement for information skills training, with a view to ensuring that appropriate training be commissioned to help equip trainee teachers and teacher trainers with the skills they need to engage with materials and resources effectively, and to ensure that any such training is based on the available research knowledge about information skills development in schools, as well as on the Inspiring Learning Framework.