SITPEC 2018-2019

September 13, 2018:

2018-2019 SITP Goals: Students at the Center

Focusing on the learners to ensure

  • They Comprehend

Checking for understanding, Reflection, Support

  • They Produce their best work

High expectations, clear project guidelines

Template Deep Dive 

Learning goals, Evidence of achievement, activities……..

Do they match???




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Quizes, Discussion, Surveys, Results!

2018-19 Orientation: August 20, 2018

Part 1

  • Areas of focus for 18-19
  • New SITP curriculum template

10:00 am-Tour and break 

Part 2

  • Role of the teacher at SITP  
  • Cheat Sheets
  • Importance of Reflection

Part 3

April 28, 2018: Planning With Students in Mind

You don’t have to be perfect- just be aware! Considerations while developing your content for classroom delivery of your content and learning expectations. A few tips centered the discussion including: “watch where you step”, “use general phrases”, “ask questions instead of making statements”, use daily meetings with Classroom Teachers to learn about students”, pay attention to student reactions”.

Career Connections featured an interview with Balboa Park’s Civic Organist and modeled an interview, questions, answers and connection to SITP curriculum. Making future career interview opportunities accessible online – who what, where, when?

Link to SITPEC Presentation.

Link to interview with Dale Sorenson, Organ Curator.

March 22, 2018: The Best of Intentions

Activity Description
The Best of Intentions activity was described within a published article some years ago.  Because the very nature of the activity relies heavily on current cultural compositions of students within education settings, parts of the activity must be regularly revised.  For this reason, the author gives educators permission to adapt The Best of Intentions activity to meet the realities of their particular situations.

The version of The Best of Intentions below has been adapted for use with Museum Educators in the School In The Park (SITP) program within Balboa Park located in San Diego, CA.

Link to materials.

Link to SITPEC video overview.


October 12, 2017:Trauma Informed Care

Led by Veronika Lopez-Mendez: Principal Rosa Parks
Part 1

Trauma is an umbrella term used to describe the inability of an individual or a community to respond in a healthy way physically, emotionally, mentally to acute or chronic stress.

Part 2
Led by Jennie Goldstone
Revisit your questions.

Do they get at exactly what you hope to discover?
Will they allow you to generalize findings across museums?


September 21, 2017: SITP  Three areas of focus for 2017-18
We talked about our focus areas at orientation, and last year as well, so we are going to use these to shape our explorations in these SITPEC sessions.

Possible Topics for SITPEC Exploration


September 29, 2016: Making meaning of content.
Our first SITPEC meeting of 2016-17 was held on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at the History Center.  

We launched our focus for the year inviting Veronika Lopez-Mendez (principal of Rosa Parks) to speak with our Museum Educators about the role she sees her teachers playing at SITP. In addition, she talked about the difference our students have learning to make meaning of content and how we can support EL’s to build Academic Language.

Watch her 25 minute presentation here (includes PowerPoint slides at the beginning)

View her PowerPoint here.

 October 27, 2016: Checking for Understanding    collaborative-conversations-poster-sm




December 15, 2016: Incorporating Visual Aids to Enhance Learning




February 27, 2017Supporting English Language Learners (Mini-SITPEC for Museum of Man)

April 27, 2017: Authentic Learning   


May 26, 2017: Authentic Learning II: Tuning Protocol