Faculty and students in Team Social Studies actively collaborate with regional and national museums on research projects and teaching. Recent partnerships include:
Following a visit to WWII museums and historic sites in Europe, Team Social Studies pre-service teachers collaborated with staff at the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History to create an exhibit: Snow, Sand, & Strategy: How Weather and Geography Impacted World War II. See more on the exhibit here: http://ww2weathergeography.weebly.com/
Team Social Studies and the Fairfield Museum are partnering on a unique project called: “Behind the Scenes: Using Footnotes to Understand Museum Exhibits.” Lead by Dr. Marcus, the project is a collaboration between Dr. Marcus, Neag students, and museum staff to help visitors understand the decisions of museum staff when creating an exhibit. “Footnotes” are imbedded in a new history exhibit at the museum. See the footnotes website for more information.
Team Social Studies works with the USHMM to provide opportunities for Neag pre-service teachers to develop proficiency at teaching the Holocaust. This partnership includes student visits to the museum in Washington, D.C. and Neag faculty and museum staff co-planning and teaching Holocaust education workshops. Dr. Marcus is also a USHMM Faculty Fellow.
The Mark Twain House and Team Social Studies provide opportunities for students to intern with museum staff. Students create curriculum materials for new exhibits and train to be docents.
The Human Rights Institute and Dr. Marcus co-plan and co-sponsor various events to promote human rights education including film screenings and teacher workshops.
Dr. Glen Mitoma will also be teaching a class in the Spring of 2016 called EDCI5094-001, with the topic of Human Rights and Social Justice in Education. The class will be offered as an elective to the Masters level students, and will meet on Thursdays from 4-6:30pm.