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museum resource center

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Mary Copeland (mcopeland)
Sun, 22 Nov 1998 18:05:02 -0600

I have a challenge, and what better group to come to for help! I am a
graduate student at the University of North Texas and am also a Marcus
Fellow (thanks to the Marcus Foundation!) working towards my Masters
in Art Education with a Certification in Museum Education. The other
four Fellows and I are collaborating with museums and schools to
affect education reform through the arts. It's all very exciting.
Now, here is my challenge; I would appreciate any ideas you in the
field might have to help me achieve it. I also teach art in Decatur,
Texas, which is about an hour north of Fort Worth. My students do not
visit the museums, and teachers are unaware of the many, many
resources available to them. My thesis project is to create a museum
resource center in Decatur to service not only DISD, but also the
surrounding schools in Wise County. Teachers will come to the
resource center here in Decatur, check out prints, videos, books,
slides, etc. and use them in their classrooms. I hope to expose
everyone here to what DBAE has to offer other disciplines as well as
encourage students, teachers, and parents to realize what wonderful
resources museums are for learning, become excited and curious enough
to go see the real thing! Fort Worth/Dallas has many wonderfully
diverse museums to pull resources from.
My question for the group . . . Have any of you any experience with
such a center? Has anyone created such a center? If so, what was
your experience? As teachers, what would you find helpful in your
classroom? I hope to include technonogy with internet access for
those wanting to link to resources around the world. In general, any
Thank you in advance for any responses I must incorporate my
findings into some research papers, proposals, and grant writings.
Yes, my plate is quite full, but I have a wonderful support system
here at UNT and I love a challenge.
I'll include every possible way to reach me. Thanks again!
Mary Copeland
(940) 565-4552 (unt)
(940) 627-6641 (home)
328 Wild Wood Drive
Decatur, Texas 76234

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