While the inHub team spent much of the fall gearing up for 2023 programming, we still had the chance to impact and interact with educators across the country and create new learning resources for educators to utilize in their classrooms. Take a look at what we’ve been working on:
Webinar: Exploring the Journeys of African American Innovators
On November 16, Learning & Engagement staff gave a talk on the journeys of African American innovators as part of the National Council for History Education’s webinar series. First, we outlined a brief definition of innovation that included technological as well as social innovations. Then, we explored the stories of innovators like Elijah McCoy, McKinley Thompson, and Rosa Parks through the lenses of the Actions of Innovation and the Habits of Innovators. Using this common language, participants were then challenged to think about how the Actions and Habits applied to their own lives.
The recording from this webinar is free and available to all here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le-6qETaTjg
Educators-in-Residence Program Highlights
In July, we welcomed 11 educators from Michigan, Ohio, Texas, New York and Connecticut on-site at The Henry Ford for three days to kick off our Educators-in-Residence Program. This program is a hybrid professional development opportunity for preK-12 teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators looking to connect with a cohort of like-minded educators and cultivate a culture of innovation and creativity in their classrooms, schools, and districts. By the end of the three days on-site, educators had determined a need or problem that they wanted to address in their classroom or school during the 2022-23 school year and began identifying their actions steps.
2022 Educator in Residence Cohort during their on-site
This cohort met twice virtually in fall 2022 to update the group on their progress and to ask for support where needed, furthering the rapport and community of practice that they built during the onsite portion of the program. After the second virtual meeting, participants completed a reflection on their experiences.
In December, one of the Residents brought a group of 28 students from a career
technical center in Westland, MI, on a field trip to the Henry Ford Museum of
American Innovation. The students spent time exploring THF’s Model i framework
and made connections between their areas of study and the collection.
Afterwards, the educator sent an email saying that “I have been hearing stories
of student enjoyment and engagement all day. Without the Residency program, I
would not have been able to pull this off conceptually.”
December 9, our team also visited an Educator-in-Residence who teaches in
Warren, MI, as he led a lesson that originated with the EdiR program. They
observed a class of middle school world history students going on a virtual
field trip about ancient Roman innovations. After watching a few educational
videos about five innovations, students then identified which Habits of
Innovators the ancient Romans exemplified – and which ones they did not. The
high engagement level of the students was palpable. We are pleased to see the
impact that this program is having on educators and students alike.
Educator Resource Guide for Classroom InnovationIn October we published a new type of resource called an Educator Resource Guide. These include interdisciplinary lesson plans that feature artifacts from The Henry Ford’s collections and subject-area-specific project ideas. They also feature artifact spotlights that provide behind-the-scenes information about specific objects that can support lesson plans. For educators bringing students to The Henry Ford for an in-person field trip, the Educator Resource Guide includes resources to empower educators and chaperones alike to engage students in the museum and Greenfield Village.