Engaging Immigrant Families with Art and Technology Programs
Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Start Day and Time
Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
275 America's Center
A long-term partnership between the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access and the Fairfax County Public School Family Literacy Program has shown that art and technology projects can provide a bridge that brings the whole family to the museum while developing literacy and technology skills, building confidence, and strengthening family bonds at a crucial time in children's lives. This hands-on workshop shares best practices and research, and breaks down the individual components of the projects to guide participants in developing engagement programs at their unique venues.
Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
- Learn how to implement an intergenerational, multimedia workshop that strengthens families and engages community partners.
- Leave with resources and templates that may be tailored to fulfill unique needs and goals within your museum or community.
- Learn culturally appropriate strategies to overcome barriers to participation with traditionally underrepresented populations.
The Pennsylvania State University
Blaire Willson Toso is the Associate Director for the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy at Penn State. She works on a variety of projects that include research, evaluation, and professional development on adult and family literacy. Her primary interest is in how educational opportunities affect learner agency, culture and literacy brokering, community engagement, and the realization of goals.
Family Literacy Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools
Micheline Lavalle is the Family Literacy ESOL Specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools. Her work there has been primarily focused on capacity building and leadership development for immigrant families. For the past four years, Micheline has collaborated with the Smithsonian to connect families to the museum experience through a variety of in intergenerational and interactive projects.
Community Engagement Programs Manager
Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
Philippa Rappoport is the Community Engagement Programs Manager at the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, and in this capacity oversees a range of education projects. She creates digital assets for schools, families, and new immigrant English Language Learners, to complement pan-Smithsonian programming, including Learning Lab teaching collections, YouTube videos with tradition bearers, a book-making website, and heritage tours.