Community Partnerships

Community Partnerships at Mark Twain

No Place for Hate – an Anti-Defamation League initiative that requires three school-wide projects each year that teach about the necessity of anti-bias and diversity in our lives. These projects extend from action taken by students in their IB units of inquiry. Some examples are the Mark Twain Peace Wall, Holocaust Museum Butterfly Project, and Mark Twain Cultural Quilts.

Adopt-a-Monument – A program developed by the Houston Arts Foundation to encourage civic pride and contribute to the conservation of the Houston’s public art. Mark Twain is the first HISD school to participate with our adoption of the Henry Moore sculpture, Large Spindle Piece along Allen Parkway. The 4th grade students learned about chemical changes involved in making bronze sculpture, visited MFAH sculpture garden, learned about Henry Moore’s sculpture and held a carwash to raise funds for its conservation.

Literacy Through Photography – A FotoFest educational program that uses photography, visual imagery, and collage as tools to stimulate critical thinking, reflection, and communication skills. Working with our fifth graders, photographer Julie Brook Alexander co-teaches with Mark Twain’s art teacher, Christie Cowan. The students learn the basic skills of photography, explore the effects of various points of view, and combine photo collage with their writing.

HGOco – Houston Grand Opera’s outreach program offers us its resources to encourage our students’ understanding of the traditions of storytelling and cultural collaborations. Through HGOco, our kindergarten students saw make-up artists transform their teachers into trolls and lions, 4th and 5th graders attended Madama Butterfly, 5th grade students participated in “Home & Place” an inter-continental visual art project, and all students explored the theme of legacy – what we give back to our community.

Rice University School LIteracy & Culture Project – An ongoing professional development collaboration, primarily sustained through our Literacy Development Center, that fosters our students’ developing knowledge of oral and written language.

For more information contact Kathleen Blackeslee kblakesl@houstonisd.org

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