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1) Why is it important for museums and libraries to be involved in the 21st century skills movement?

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Hear Paula Gangopadhyay, Director of Education for The Henry Ford, describe how assessment and evaluation of their Innovation 101 project has helped them articulate the 21st Century learning outcomes for teachers and students.

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Maud Lyon, Executive Director of the Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan, explains that Michigan’s transitioning economy makes it essential that cultural organizations help people grow strong in 21st century skills.

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2) How do museums and libraries encourage the development of 21st century skills through their audience engagement strategies?

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Listen as Paula Gangopadhyay, Director of Education for The Henry Ford, explains how her institution used IMLS’s Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills report to inform their strategic planning, and how the programming they offer helps students develop critical skills such as creativity and innovation.

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Listen as Bridget Butler, Conservation Education Specialist at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, describes how participants in their Voices of the Lake project gain valuable media-technology skills, as well as environmental literacy.

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Listen as Rich Cherry, Director of the Balboa Park Online Collaborative, discusses how his organization is working with veterans to help them develop media-technology skills through focused internship opportunities.

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Listen as Sharon Streams, Senior Manager, Community Services at OCLC-Web Junction, discusses how libraries across North Carolina are helping job seekers gain the skills they need to enter the workforce.

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3) How are museums and libraries addressing 21st century themes and literacies?

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Listen as Rob Stein, Deputy Director for Research, Technology, and Engagement at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, describes how the IMA’s Viewfinder teacher training program in Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) helps develop students’ critical thinking skills.

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4) How are the museums and libraries training their staff or professionals to deliver 21st century content?

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Bridget Butler, Conservation Education Specialist at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, didn’t have a cell phone when she began the Voices for the Lake project. Now she is successfully using social media tools to engage audiences. Listen to find out how ECHO Lake made the technological leap.

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