How Denver’s Museums Are Addressing Urban Education

dmnsIt wasn’t until I read Elizabeth Merritt’s  piece on Museums and the Future of Education (PDF) that I learned of Urban Advantage Denver, a program designed to improve science literacy among middle school students. A cooperation between the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (pictured), Denver Botanic Gardens, the Denver Zoo, and several metro area school districts, the program provides resources to educators to engage students in critical thinking and authentic learning.

In an upcoming blog post (UPDATE – here), I will write more about how I think partnerships such as Urban Advantage signal a shift towards informal learning models for students and the role that local organizations – such as museums – can play in that shift.

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