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Education Support

Museums and libraries support formal education from early elementary through the highest levels of research and scholarship.

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National Student Poets Program
The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and IMLS are partnering with the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers on the National Student Poets Program, the country’s highest honor for youth poets whose original work exhibits exceptional creativity, dedication to craft, and promise.

Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to programs that strengthen education support (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)

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USCIS and IMLS Host Webinar for Public Libraries on August 11

July 20, 2015 01:35 PM
We invite you participate in the latest webinar in the joint agency series. Read More

 
IMLS Announces Grants of $2.4 Million for U.S. Museums

July 17, 2015 10:04 AM
Forty-four grants to 21 states will strengthen museum operations and support the stewardship of our nation’s cultural heritage. Read More

 
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National STEM Video Game Challenge Announces Winners of Fourth Annual Competition

July 2, 2015 09:24 AM
The winners of the 2014 STEM Video Game Challenge were recognized at a gaming celebration on June 27 in Pittsburgh at WQED. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Reach Out and Read has a Prescription for Success

July 30, 2015 07:31 AM
Reach Out and Read has launched the Prescription for Success Toolkit, aimed at helping families benefit from museum and library services that foster literacy development in young children. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Convening Communities for Good: On the Frontier of 3D Printing for Accessible Education

July 27, 2015 04:18 PM
With the help of an IMLS Grant, Benetech convened a national forum to discuss how 3D printing technology and services can be used for accessible education materials. Read More

 
Blog Post: Apply for a Mind in the Making Training Session on Executive Function Life Skills

July 16, 2015 08:10 AM
A training session hosted by the Families and Work Institute will share the science of early learning with professionals who work in museums and libraries. Read More

 
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Teacher Institutes for Science Education and Ocean Conservation at the Monterey Bay Aquarium


The Monterey Bay Aquarium offered expanded professional development programs for teachers through a teacher institute project, providing 450 teachers with new tools, skills, and support through 15 year-long, grade-appropriate teacher institutes over 3 years. Participating teachers were better able to engage and inspire students to develop a connection to their local environment and gain the basic ocean science and critical thinking skills necessary to be effective citizens and ocean stewards. Read More

 
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Preserving African American History and Expanding a Field of Study


The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland used an IMLS grant to begin documenting Professor David C. Driskell’s one-of-a-kind archive consisting of an estimated 50,000 objects. The center hired an archivist, graduate student interns, and a consulting archivist to develop procedures for inventorying and making the collection available online. Read More

 
When Tradition Met Technology: The Chilkat Valley Fingerprints Project
When Tradition Met Technology: The Chilkat Valley Fingerprints Project


The Haines Borough Public Library and the Chilkoot Indian Association worked together on a project to share Native cultural knowledge and to offer basic literacy and technology programs to help the members of their rural, isolated community. The results: new energy and programs that empower residents with a solid foundation of traditional life skills to weather hard times, technical literacy for twenty-first century success, and mutual understanding and respect. Read More

 
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Research Brief No. 6: First Grade Student Library Card Ownership Linked to Library Visitation


A library card provides greater independence and access to literacy and information, while signifying increased responsibility and self-efficacy. Are there differences between children who do or do not have a library card? This brief focuses on children’s library card ownership in the first grade. Read More

 
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Charting the Landscape, Mapping New Paths: Museums, Libraries, and K-12 Learning


On August 30-31, 2004 the Institute convened a conference and workshop examining the intersections of museums, libraries, and K-12 education. The resulting report captures the key issues that emerged at the workshop, highlights seminal project and partnership examples, and provides some common language around a vision for how museum/school/library collaborations can contribute to a learning society. Read More

 
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Talking Points: From Third Place to Makerspace: Public Libraries and Teens


A snapshot of how public libraries reach out to teens with programs and services. Read More