When you participate in museum school, it’s more than a week at Glenbow.
You will guide your class on a year long inquiry, participate in several professional development sessions, gain access to resources and tools, and spend a week working alongside museum and cultural experts in Glenbow. Accessing this special opportunity requires an application and some preparation.
We welcome applications from Teachers working with Grades 1-12 in all quadrants of the City of Calgary, as well as Airdrie. If you have any questions about eligibility please contact us.
There is detailed information about the Museum School application process on the Campus Calgary Open Minds website.
The Glenbow Museum Open Minds year begins with your application.
There are two main parts to your application:
Letter of Intent: This will introduce yourself, your students (including their possible previous Campus Calgary or Open Minds experiences), your school community, your passion and understanding for your chosen site(s), as well as explain why and how Museum School fits your year-long plan. Please explain who are you and what your year ahead will look like with your Museum School week as a catalyst for year-long inquiry?
Long Term Interdisciplinary Inquiry: This will explain your long-term interdisciplinary study, focussed around a big idea or question using the lens of the site as a focus. This long-term big idea (or question) will act as the framework for your year plan. Some teachers submit this as a web, a list, or something that symbolizes their big idea such as a book or a painting.
Your Big Idea should be a overarching question or thought that propels your year-long inquiry. Past examples of Museum School Big Ideas are:
- How has conflict shaped our world?
- What is an artifact?
- Why does history matter?
- What is a museum for?
- What is the value of art?
- How is the world interconnected?
- What difference does perspective make?
When you have these two parts, you can begin your application online.
We are grateful for the support of community and funder partners who put this program within reach of all Calgary teachers and students. Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Catholic School District schools pay $1250
There are several ways we help you to prepare for your year long inquiry.
- an evening planning and preparation session in the Museum in the late spring
- a day of experiential learning and skill building in the Museum during summer
- an evening session on tools for inquiry based learning in the fall
- a journaling techniques book at the start of your school year
- a meeting with your school district support (CC/OM Ops Team) at your school
- a preparation session with your class 2-4 weeks in advance of your visit
- newsletters from Museum School about exhibits and events
Additionally we provide some optional resources
- support of the Museum School coordinators at any time for planning or preparation
- at least 2 other optional PD sessions at different Campus Calgary/Open Minds sites
- Information nights and sessions at the Teachers Convention on preparing your application
- This blog, which has a forum for connecting with other teachers
When you accept your week at Museum School, you are agreeing to not only the opportunity for your students, but also to be part of our process of reflection and change.
This is a key aspect of the program as it helps us to guide the Museum School in ways the best reflect current teacher and student needs.
Below are the links to surveys. We ask that both teachers and parents complete these surveys as part of your reflection process.