The Canmore Museum’s education programs ignite new ideas, foster wonder and feed inquiry as we connect curriculum concepts taught in the classroom with learning that comes from engaging with Indigenous and community knowledge keepers, museum collections, and the local places and spaces around us.
Every object tells a story. Through the Museum@School program, history and community comes to life as students discover the meaning, significance, and personal stories associated with objects from the museum’s collection.
The Museum@School partnership offers teachers in Grades 3 to 7 an opportunity to engage with the museum to provide a variety of hands-on, multi-sensory learning opportunities in the classroom, in the community, and in the museum. Student learning is enhanced by meeting curriculum expectations through thoughtful connections to the real world.
Canmore’s Museum@School program is inspired by the Calgary-based Open Minds program co-founded by Gillian Kydd and Don Harvie, which provides a model framework for the concept of “learning in community.” The program is further supported by the concept of free-choice learning as outlined by the research team at the Institute for Learning Innovation, Oregon, USA.
The Museum@School program includes:
- pre-packaged learning modules available to teachers for their classroom (portable kits with artifacts from the museum with lesson plans);
- three sessions with local community members and knowledge keepers (as Covid protocols allow) including Stoney Nakoda elders hosted either at the museum, in the school classroom or in the community (e.g. geological talk);
- two custom learning modules, tailored to unique classroom needs;
- access to the museum’s education collection and digital resource library;
- access to the Canmore Museum’s Discovery Gallery and the Canmore NWMP Barracks for self-directed lessons;
- program orientation and training, including an annual Teachers Institute.
Developed around inquiry-based learning, the Museum@School program will inspire curiosity and wonder in your students as they explore treasures from the collection. Students will also discover Canmore’s natural, cultural, and heritage landscapes. Museum@School builds strong connections between local schools, the Canmore Museum, and the community to promote cross-cultural and cross-generational learning. Through hands-on investigations, in-depth artifact study, and community explorations, students will discover that every object really does tell a story.
HOW TO APPLY
The application deadline for the 2021 to 2022 school year is Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 11:59 pm. Teachers will find out acceptance / non acceptance on Friday, October 8.
Please read the following thoroughly before completing the application.
During these challenging times, one thing remains constant is the commitment to deep, immersive and transformational programming that the Canmore education community has come expect and value about the Canmore Museum’s educational programming. Personalized experiences are at the core of these experiencesand learning, co-designed by teachers and Museum staff.
As a result, the Canmore Museum will work closely with schools, school districts, and placed-based locations in Canmore and the Bow Valley with the direction of Alberta Health Services to ensure these unique educational opportunities – in the classroom, in museum locations, and in the community – are safe and continue to be meaningful, engaging and rigourous. As a result, anticipated programming may need to be adapted or changed in consultation with educators and AHS to ensure compliance with current AHS COVID-19 guidelines.
The Canmore Museum@School program providesauthentic learning expeiences to transfor teaching and learning by increasing engagement through community, funder and educational partnerships. Creating individualized and flexible learning programs for each class, Museum@School provides a dynamic learning experience by connecting students to the community and local knowledge experts and keepers who are passionate about experiential learning.
MAKING YOUR APPLICATION
Teachers are asked to attach a Letter of Intent and a year-long inquiry plan within the application form. Please only begin this application form if you have these documents finished and ready to attach this application. Selections are not made on a first-come, first-basis.
Letter of Intent. This will introduce yourself, your students, your school community, your passion and understanding for community-based expeiencial learning, as well as explain why you wish to participate in the Canmore Museum@School program. Please explain who are you andwhat your year ahead will look like with the Museum@School program embedded throughout the school year as a catalyist for year-long inquiry. This letter should be between 2 and 3 pages.
Year-Long Interdisciplinary Inquiry Plan. This will explain your year-long interdisciplinary study based around a big idea or question using he lens of the Canmore community as a focus. This big idea or inquiry question will be the framework for your year-long plan. This plan should be between 3 and 5 pages.
New to Applying?
An information session will be held on September 17 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Click here to RSVP
- September 17, 7:00 pm | Information Session for teachers new to the program (virtual)
- September 22, 7:00 pm | Proposal Writing Workshop (virtual)
- October 3, 11:59 pm | Applications are due (click Apply Now link below)
- October 8 | Teachers are notified
- October 13 | Teachers are mailed an information package
- Week of October 19 to 22 (date tbd) | Initial training and orientation to the program with scheduled follow-up session with each individual teacher for the week after. This may be virtual or in-person (dependant on AHS guidelines at the time).
COST OF THE PROGRAM
We are grateful for the support of the community and funding partners help subsidize the program, allowing the Museum to put this program within reach of all Canmore and Bow Valley classes. With their support, the Museum is able to offer this program in its inaugural year for $15 a student plus GST.APPLY TODAY
HAVE QUESTIONS? WANT FURTHER INFORMATION?
The Canmore Museum@School Program is a new and exciting adventure in inquiry and object based learning that applies curriculum concepts to an experiential, localized setting. The Museum@School partnership offers teachers an opportunity to engage with the Canmore Museum to provide a variety of hands-on, multi-sensory learning opportunities in the classroom, in the community, and in the museum. Student learning is enhanced by meeting curriculum expectations through thoughtful connections to the real world.
We would love to hear from you if you have questions about the program and whether the program is suitable for your class. Please contact Anna Rebus, Interim Program Officer to learn more.
MUSEUM FIELD TRIP EXPERIENCES
You can enrich your student’s in-class education with an unforgettable experience at the Canmore Museum or the Canmore NWMP Barracks. Our interactive interpreter-led programs will appeal to the varied interests and learning styles of your students.
BOOKING A PROGRAM + PREPARING FOR YOUR VISIT
BOOKING, FEES + PAYMENT
BOOKING YOUR PROGRAM
Teachers can book an education program or a self-conducted visit to our Discovery Hall or the Canmore NWMP Barracks online. Educators will be able to select from available dates and times directly by clicking on the program description above. Additional information about each program, including curriculum linkages and teacher manuals (as applicable), can also be found by clicking on any of the above program descriptions. If you need assistance, please call Program Services at (403) 917-1578.
Bookings are accepted at the Canmore Museum and the Canmore NWMP Barracks Tuesday to Friday. To ensure the health and safety of students and adult chaperones during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canmore Museum is asking teachers to give preference for Tueseday and Wednesay bookings. Teachers and adults will also need to provide proof of vacinnation at the time of entry.
Our program fee for Museum Field Trip Experiences are $5.00 per student; teachers and adult chaperones are free.
BOOKING CONFIRMATION + PAYMENT
Once a program has been booked using our online booking system, teachers will receive an email confirming program booking details once the booking has been reviewed approved by museum staff. Once reviewed and approved, Teachers have the option of selecting payment online by Visa or MasterCard ahead of their visit or to be invoiced for payment the day of the program. A minimum charge for 12 students applies to all education programming, including at-home learning co-hort groups.
If you require additional information about or assistance with booking an education program at the Canmore Museum or booking your class to come to the Canmore Museum for a self-directed learning activity, please contact Anna with Program Services.
PREPARING FOR YOR VISIT
COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS
Effective September 20, the Canmore Museum will be participating in the Government of Alberta Restrictions Exemption Program. To create a safe and comfortable learning environment for students, teachers and adult chaperones in museum spaces, the Canmore Museum is adhering to the following:
- Vacinnation Requirements: The museum will require proof of vacination for all teachers and adult chaperones as well as students over the age of 12.
- Mask Requirements: The museum requires all students, teachers and parents to wear masks while participating in education programs.
- Booking Availability: At present, the museum is encouraging teachers to book programs hosted at the Canmore Museum on Tuesdays and Wednesdays when the museum is closed to the public. As the NWMP Barracks is closed to the public with the excpetion of programs and events from September 7 to May 31, teachers can book programs hosted at the NWMP Barracks anytime between Monday to Friday.
STUDENT DROP-OFF + BUS PARKING
- Students can be dropped off in front of the Canmore Civic Centre.
- Students can be dropped off on the east side of the Canmore NWMP Barracks; busses will need to put on their flashers to drop students safely off on the sidewalk on the east side of the Barracks grounds.
- Bus parking is available in the downtown core in Canmore adjacent to Elevation Place located at 700 Railway Ave #100, Canmore, AB T1W 1P4 . See the map here.
SNACKS AND LUNCHES
- In the summer months, students can eat snacks and lunches in Rotary Friendship Park immediately behind the Canmore Civic Centre; in winter months, the Canmore Civic Centre foyer is available for students to eat snacks or lunches; for teachers wishing more priviate lunch accomodation at the Civic Centre, arrangements may be able to be made for students to eat in the Civic Centre Classroom (subject to availaibility – will require booking two weeks in advance).
- In the summer months, students can eat snacks and lunches on the grounds of the Canmore NWMP Barracks; in winter students can eat inside.
CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION
If you require additional information about or assistance about the Canmore Museum’s programs, please contact our Programs Officer, Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.
The Canmore Museum makes available to schools and community organizations the loan of objects from our community education collection for a small fee. Objects in this collection do not have a documented provenance related to our mandate and are suitable for hands-on use and/or exhibition in a non-museum environment.
Using artifacts + primary sources from our Education Collection in your classroom
Primary sources are the pieces of evidence that historians use to learn about people, events, and everyday life in the past. Students can use primary sources, too. By focusing on the resource itself —documents, objects, photographs, and oral histories—students can get a glimpse into the past beyond what a textbook can provide.
Object-based learning promote active, open-ended, student centred learning in the classroom as part of the general learning plan. Using real objects and other primary sources enhances understanding and develops analytical skills.
- They provide a direct link with a topic or ‘the past’ and can really enhance young people’s interest in and understanding of a topic/subject.
- They encourage learners to use all their senses – especially touch, sight and smell.
- They help to develop the important skill of drawing conclusions based on an examination of evidence, together with an understanding of the limitations and reliability of evidence.
- They are ideal for generating group and class discussion.
- They promote the value of museums and encourage young people to visit museums and galleries with their families to further their learning.
For practical advice of how to introduce object-based learning into your teaching, the following free online resources from the Smithsonian Institution will provide assistance.
- Engaging Students With Primary Sources | A guide for teachers, includes brief introductions to using documents, photographs, oral histories, and objects for classroom learning. The guide includes student handouts, sample lessons, recommendations for finding primary sources by type, and more support materials for teachers. Developed by the Smithsonian Institution.
- Guide to Doing History With Objects | An essay written by Museum curators to introduce teachers to the variety of stories objects can tell. The site includes links to other resources for interpreting primary sources.