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Museum/School Partnerships: Bridging Home, School, and Community Through Science Learning

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Dale McCreedy

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The Franklin Institute is committed to engaging teachers, students, and families in science learning. Parent Partners in School Science (PPSS) was developed by The Franklin Institute, in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, as a science education and parent involvement program, with the goal of connecting a child’s home and school life through science learning. Through events and take-home activities, adults and children think about their everyday lives like scientists—questioning, observing, testing, and experimenting with the world around them. PPSS strives to develop resources that are engaging, non-threatening, and fun for adults and children. Further, PPSS provides resources to elementary school teachers to bolster science learning and parent involvement. PPSS materials are linked to the School District of Philadelphia’s science curriculum. PPSS is intended to meet the needs of teachers implementing the science curriculum and parents who want to support what their children are learning in science class. In addition to PPSS, The Franklin Institute works closely with schools through its partnership with The Science Leadership Academy, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on 21st century learning and teacher professional development opportunities offered throughout the city and region.