About Leaders in Science
Inspiring minds through nature and science — it’s the mission statement of the Museum of Nature & Science, and it’s a big job. The Museum has partnered with the Dallas Independent School District in this goal — a collaboration called Leaders in Science (LIS). The goal of LIS is to provide teachers of kindergarten through fifth grade science classes with tools and skills to better ignite students’ curiosity and enthusiasm for science.
LIS networks Dallas educators with the Museum’s own education staff, allowing everyone to reap benefits of learning, growing and improving. LIS fosters peer-to-peer dialogue and provides direct teacher support in the forms of hands-on activity materials, free access for LIS teachers to museum exhibits, and a variety of other resources. School lessons can be enhanced both inside and outside of the classroom through summer institutes, in-school programs and Museum visits.
Leaders in Science began in the summer of 2010 with 45 fifth grade teachers from 20 DISD elementary schools. In 2011, the United Way and the Dallas Citizens Council offered their generous support to expand LIS to 80 teachers at 20 participating campuses.