Teachers Institute 2018 – Rural Engineuity: Cultivating Critical Thinking Skills in the Classroom

Registration for West Baton Rouge Museum’s annual Teachers’ Institute program is open! This year’s Teachers’ Institute theme, Rural Engineuity:  Cultivating Critical Thinking Skills in the Classroom, will explore machines as a basic part of our heritage and how our innate human genius for invention and tinkering is applied to solving every day problems.  Teachers will explore activities and create lessons of their own designed to cultivate students’ critical thinking skills. The two-day summer professional development series is designed for in-service K-12 teachers across all subject areas. Teachers’ Institute will run July 16 &  17, 2018.  

This summer will be the twelfth year the museum is offering this professional development program which is sponsored in part by the West Baton Rouge Historical Association and the West Baton Rouge Parish School Board. Participants will produce a theme based lesson with the help of museum staff and special guests for use in their classrooms. They will also receive classroom resource materials, a certificate of participation, and a $100 stipend upon completion of all institute activities and assignments.   Daily lunches are provided.

The Teachers Institute is limited to 25 participants. Availability is based on a first-come-first- serve basis. Registration forms may be downloaded from by clicking this link or picked up at the museum. Completed forms may be faxed to (225) 336-2448 or emailed to Museum Educator, Gwenn LaViolette, at
[email protected]. For more information, please call Museum Educator, Gwenn LaViolette at (225) 336-2422 x16. Registration closes April 30, 2018.

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