"It is with deep gratitude that I share what your generosity afforded me this summer at two programs intended to foster the growth of educators' skills in using art and objects in the classroom. The Smithsonian American Art Museum Summer Institute and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston workshop “Uncovering America: Art, Power, and Inquiry” inspired my deeper consideration of the myriad ways students can practice critical looking and thinking skills through object-based inquiry. While much of my teaching involves objects and works of art, these programs reminded me of the joys of discovery and, therefore, the need to slow down with students to allow them to explore, inquire, and discover as a crucial component of their learning. As we settle into the first few weeks of the new school year, I have engaged with my students in new and thoughtful ways inspired by both of these museum-based programs and observed many wide-eyed expressions of revelation by my students when engaged in careful, measured observation strategies. Thank you for making my continued education possible and for enhancing the learner-centered nature of my teaching. I look forward to the many ways this experience will continue to shape the process of discovery and critical thinking for my students."
- Dr. Amy Jacobs, History Department Chair: Upper Division and College Counselor