Serving 987 students from Rosa Parks Elementary and Wilson Middle School this year,School in the Park (SITP) holds fast to Sol Price’s program vision of building studentcharacter, confidence, competence and curiosity. Museum educators from nine Balboa Park institutions, including the San Diego Zoo, provided a collective total of 31 curricular units during the 2017-18 academic year. These units were rich with culminating projects that challenged students to apply what they were learning in authentic and meaningful ways, including theatrical performances, model building, and development of informational displays to share with museum patrons. New technologies were developed to assist with projects and enhance communication among students, museum educators, facilitators, classroom teachers, and parents.
Students continued to show great enthusiasm for learning at SITP. Classroom teachers and museum educators remain supportive and enthusiastic about the program.Teachers reported seeing growth in their students’ abilities and confidence………………