A key feature of this project is the extensive partnership it embodies. In addition to the collaboration between two universities, two school systems and Concord Consortium, critical to the development and enactment of the learning experiences are partnerships with other institutions -- science and history museums, libraries, scientists, and community-based organizations in Detroit and Flint. This approach enhances student learning, interest, and awareness and engages their families in developing an understanding of the linked concepts of genetics, environment and natural selection and their role in health and disease. Research shows an additional benefit - parent engagement also strengthens student achievement.
Museum exhibits will elaborate on topics covered in the curriculum, providing evidence for student classroom-assigned projects. Libraries and community-based organizations will host events at which students will share their work and will engage in discussion of ethical, social and policy issues related to genomics with their parents and other adults. Students will take field trips to genomics research facilities and genomics professionals will visit classrooms. These informal science education activities will be planned to strengthen student learning while advancing genomic literacy among the community.
Collaborators in the project include the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Detroit Public School and Flint Community Schools in Michigan, and the Concord Consortium in Massachusetts. Community partners include the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Public Library, and Friends of Parkside in Detroit and the Sloan Museum, Flint Public Library, and Community Based Organization Partners in Flint.
This combination of resources will maximize the engagement, interest and learning of students, parents and other adults.
- Ella Greene-Moton, Community Activities Manager from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.