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HSE Partners with Conner Prairie

October 16, 2018

FISHERS, IN: A new partnership was announced this week between Hamilton Southeastern Schools (HSE) and Conner Prairie. Through a five-year agreement, HSE Schools will have a teacher-in-residence working at the interactive history park.
 
“Conner Prairie has always been an innovator of museum experiences and education,” said Norman Burns, President and CEO of Conner Prairie. “Our partnership with HSE is another example of how we are redefining the way people engage with museums and it allows Conner Prairie to gain valuable insight into how we can better serve educators and evolve to meet the needs of a 21st century curriculum. We believe that this partnership will serve as a model for museums and schools across the nation and provide a road map on how they can leverage each other’s resources to create a dynamic learning environment.” 
 
Fourth grade students from the 12 elementary schools will have the opportunity to visit Conner Prairie and work alongside HSE teacher-in-residence Amy Murch for a two-day “study trip.” Murch will soon have a permanent classroom on Conner Prairie’s sprawling campus. Murch says learning will come to life for students during class visits. They will be able to interact with Conner Prairie’s historic museum interpreters and may access all 1,000 acres of the property. Murch is set to host more than 1,500 students during the 2018-19 school year.
 
“This partnership with Conner Prairie represents not only a wonderful educational experience for all HSE fourth graders, but it’s also a major first step in establishing a community-wide campus for learning that will benefit all HSE students. Many thanks to the City of Fishers for its role in crafting this opportunity,” said Dr. Allen Bourff, Superintendent of Hamilton Southeastern Schools.
 
An example of one of the many lessons will focus on scientific concepts of simple machines and the influence it had on transportation and life in during 1830s in Indiana. Students will be able to investigate different transportation systems and identify concepts of force that affect their motion. They will also be constructing boats to float in the White River and designing interview questions for the interpreters in Prairie Town about what simple machines they use in their daily life.
 
“Make learning visible, engaging and meaningful – and students will thrive,” said Murch.

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