Museum Educator Series Season 4, Webinar 4 with Julia Rose, Director, West Baton Rouge Museum and Chairman, Council for the American Association for State and Local History
Interpreting Difficult History: Histories of Slavery, Violence, and Oppression
How do history workers engage audiences in learning about difficult histories? These are the tough stories. These are the recollections from history that can be upsetting, uncomfortable and at times even shocking to learn. This session will involve participants in learning about how to develop and deliver interpretations of difficult histories with strategies that are sensitive and offer ethical representations of historical Others. Historical representations of difficult histories can go beyond informing audiences by encouraging audience members to empathize deeply with the historical suffering of Others and to be encouraged to make meaningful connections to those who suffered and how their suffering is meaningful to society today.
Julie Rose will lead a discussion based on participants’ front line experiences working with visitors and fellow history workers in working through difficult histories. We will talk about how the narratives we use to interpret slavery, war, and mass violence can be met with resistances, challenges and expressions of disbelief from our audiences. We will briefly discuss why difficult histories matter and why they feel upsetting and uncomfortable. We will discuss sensitive methods to encourage resistant learners to reconsider the tough stories that are not only important histories to recall but can be used to motivate feelings of historical empathy as part of social justice education.
Julia Rose is presently the director of the West Baton Rouge Museum. Her primary research interests focus on interpreting difficult histories and documenting historical enslaved plantation communities for museum interpretations. She is the author of the new book, Interpreting Difficult History at Museums and Historic Sites (Rowman and Littlefield, May 2016). Currently, Rose also serves as the Chairman for the Council for the American Association for State and Local History. She received her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from the George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and Education from State University of New York at Albany. She has held curator positions at the Columbia Historical Society in Washington, D.C., Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, East Tennessee Historical Society, and Magnolia Mound Plantation, and was a faculty member in the Master of Arts in Museum Studies Program at Southern University at New Orleans. In addition, Rose is presently an adjunct faculty member at Louisiana State University where she teaches museum studies.
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West Baton Rouge Museum
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Museum Educator Series Season 4, Webinar 3 with The Field Museum Learning Center
Museums have the ability to provide uniquely authentic professional learning experiences for educators, and collections are at the core of what makes teaching and learning in museum settings distinctly tangible. This session will consider the benefits of object-based learning in pre-K-12 settings and explore the varied ways in which Field Museum professional development programs help teachers recognize the relevance of museum collections in teaching and learning and encourage educators to use collections as compelling tools in their instructional practice.
The Field Museum Learning Center engages over 600,000 learners of all ages in dynamic programs at the Museum, in classrooms, and online each year. The School Learning Experiences team serves a large and crucial segment of that audience – Pre-K-12 students and educators. While the spectrum of educator professional development programs they offer varies greatly in content and methodology, each program is firmly rooted in the foundation of the Museum – its extraordinary collections.
As the School Learning Experiences Coordinator, Kyla Cook engages in a broad variety of work related to teaching and learning at The Field Museum. Kyla develops learning experiences and resources for students, plans and facilitates professional development for educators, and plays a role in sustaining ongoing education-focused partnerships with peer institutions and schools. Prior to joining The Field in 2013, Kyla was a teacher for Baltimore City Public Schools, and she holds a B.S. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley and a M.A. in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University.
Jenny Flowers, a native of St. Louis, began her career in science education at the St. Louis Science Center working with the teen participants of the Youth Exploring Science (YES) Program. Jenny moved to Chicago in 2006 to join the Community Initiatives department at the Museum of Science and Industry, where she developed inquiry-based science curriculum and facilitated professional development for educators. Jenny is currently the School Partnerships Administrator at The Field Museum and supports the development and implementation of initiatives like the Early Elementary Science Partnership (E2SP). Jenny holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and American Culture Studies and a Master’s Degree in Education. In addition to a passion for education, Jenny also adores her daughter Mira and St. Louis Cardinals baseball.
As the Social Studies Instructional Design Specialist, Naomi Herman-Aplet is charged with designing and launching educational resources and professional development exploring human civilizations and social sciences at The Field. Before coming to The Field, Naomi worked as a teacher and instructional coach in Chicago and Northwest Indiana. While teaching, Naomi became passionate about social studies education, and particularly with empowering students to engage with primary documents and artifacts, and to learn authentic social sciences practices. Naomi earned a M.S. in Information at the University of Michigan, where she also earned a certificate of Museum Studies. She earned her teaching credential and an M.A. in Teaching from Dominican University, and her B.A. in History at UC Berkeley.
Wendy Quinlan, currently the N. W. Harris Learning Collection Administrator at The Field
Museum, has worked in a variety of capacities throughout her 10 years in the education field. In this role she oversees the operations of the largest and most well established lending library of museum artifacts and specimens, and also provides teacher professional development focusing on teaching and learning with collections. Wendy received her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her Teaching of English as a Second Language approval and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from National-Louis University. Wendy has taught English as a Second Language in elementary and middle school, as well as ELA, Math, Social Studies and Science. She is a former Student Experiences Coordinator at the Chicago Children’s Museum.
As the School Learning Experiences Manager, Heidi Rouleau spearheads the team responsible for designing, facilitating, and evaluating diverse learning experiences for pre-K-12 school-based audiences. Heidi brings prior experience teaching diverse learners in both informal learning environments and traditional classroom settings to this role. Heidi holds a B.A. in History and Theatre from Millikin University and a M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning – Secondary Education from DePaul University. Her primary area of interest is multi-interventional museum-school partnerships aimed at impacting teaching and learning in pre-K-12 settings.
Museum Educator Series Season 4, Webinar 2 with Dr. Patty Bode
-What are the roles and responsibilities of museums to cultivate a sense of belonging, purpose and participation?
-What does it mean to engage and widen audiences while authentically cherishing community knowledge and social change?
-What are the roles and responsibilities of museums to teach and learn while treasuring collections amidst dynamic community transformation?
This presentation offers multiple avenues to address these questions. Asserting that cultural rights include access to, and participation in museum life is a civil right and human right in our democratic society, Patty Bode speaks to the realities of 21st century museum life amidst social stratification of our audiences such as race, social class, language, sexual orientation, religion and more. Rather than dictate a formulaic curriculum for museums to adopt, the presentation offers a number of case studies that demonstrate ways in which museums have successfully implemented social engagement with a wide range of audiences. With decades of experience working with museums through hands-on practice as an educator in urban schools, community arts programs, and teacher education, Patty Bode ignites dialogue about how-to-get things done with authentic, democratic social engagement, despite the challenges of under-staffing, limited funding, community isolation and resistance to change. Rooted in the lens of critical multicultural education with an emphasis on serving marginalized populations, the keynote presentation discards deficit-perspectives, and sharpens the focus on cherishing community assets as a means to create change.
Patty Bode brings decades of experience working with museums through hands-on practice as an educator in urban schools, community arts programs, and teacher education. She is well known for her outreach efforts and tenacious dedication to collaborate with marginalized communities in arts education endeavors. For her civically engaged practices in art education, and her research and lectures, she is the recipient of numerous awards in art education and multicultural education. She is the former Director of Art Education for Tufts University in affiliation with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and recently was Visiting Associate Professor at The Ohio State University in the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy. Patty was the Magnet Resource Teacher for Integrating Arts at the public school, Springfield Conservatory of the Arts in Springfield, Massachusetts for two years, and she recently accepted a new position as principal f Amherst Regional Middle School in Amherst, Massachusetts . She holds a doctorate in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Museum Educator Series Season 4, Season Opener with Monica Montgomery and Stephanie Cunningham, Co Founders, Museum Hue
Museums have the potential to be centers of gravity cross pollinating visitors and stakeholders from all backgrounds, with discussions, exhibitions and programs that reflect the ethnic diversity of the world we live in. How can museums reshape their offerings, to be firmly rooted in creative community and committed to the vibrancy of inclusion and cultural and ethnic diversity? This session will help museum professionals find strategy and inspiration around audience development, community engagement and public programs that influence audience diversity and advocating for a more balanced arts ecosystem.
Monica O. Montgomery is a cultural entrepreneur, curating media, museums and memory to enhance creative inspiration. She believes museums should be in service to society, and is the Founding Director of the Museum of Impact the world’s first mobile social justice museum. She leads MOI in working within communities to amplify grassroots movements and social issues, at the intersection of art and activism. Museum of Impact is currently traveling across the country with the inaugural exhibit ‘Movement Is Rising: Journey of #BlackLivesMatter’ and collecting oral histories and stories via the Activist Love Letters™ project. Monica is the Co founder and Strategic Director of Museum Hue a platform advancing the visibility and viability of professionals of color, in museums, arts, culture and creative careers.
Stephanie Cunningham is a Cultural Ambassador and Art Educator. She has worked at several reputable cultural institutions in New York City, such as the Brooklyn Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, and the New-York Historical Society. As a Museum Educator she taught grades K-12 and college lectures using the museum’s permanent collections and temporary exhibitions. As Co Founder and Creative Director of Museum Hue, she works to advance the visibility and viability of people of color, utilizing museums, the arts and cultural institutions, as a medium for discussion, creation, and solutions. Stephanie believes that art and history captures the essence of the complexities of the world around us.
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(formerly titled “Museums and Technology”)
Museum Educator Series Season 3, Webinar 10 with Nancy Proctor and Sina Bahram
This session offers an overview of accessibility and inclusive design with several exemplary case studies. Sina Bahram, leading accessibility consultant in the field and recognized expert on inclusive design, will introduce best practices and share insights he learned when creating the Canadian Museum for Human Rights’ approach to inclusive design in Winnipeg, which has won numerous awards for its accessibility. Sina will also share information about the development of the Coyote open platform, which offers an optimized workflow for image description that museums and others can implement. Nancy Proctor, Deputy Director for Digital Experience and Communications at the Baltimore Museum of Art and co-chair of Museums and the Web, will share her experiences with crowdsourcing verbal descriptions with and without technology. At both the BMA and the Smithsonian, she has found that audience participation in building an inclusive museum has led to greater community engagement and better programs and experiences for all visitors.
Nancy Proctor is Deputy Director for Digital Experience and Communications at the Baltimore Museum of Art and Co-chair of Museums and the Web. Previously she headed up Mobile Strategy and Initiatives at the Smithsonian Institution (2010-2014), and New Media Initiatives at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum (2008-2010). With a PhD in American art history and a background in filmmaking, curation and art criticism, Nancy lectures and publishes widely on technology and innovation in museums, in French and Italian as well as English.
Nancy Proctor created her first online exhibition in 1995 and went on to publish the New Art CD-ROM and website of contemporary art in the UK in 1996. She co-founded TheGalleryChannel.com in 1998 with Titus Bicknell to present virtual tours of innovative exhibitions alongside comprehensive global museum and gallery listings. TheGalleryChannel was later acquired by Antenna Audio, where Nancy led New Product Development from 2000-2008, introducing the company’s multimedia, sign language, downloadable, podcast and cellphone tours. She also directed Antenna’s sales in France from 2006-2007, and worked with the Travel Channel’s product development team. Nancy served as program chair for the Museums Computer Network (MCN) conference 2010-2011, and co-organized the Tate Handheld conference 2008 & 2010. She started MuseumMobile.info, its wiki and podcast series in 2008. She was Digital Editor of Curator: The Museum Journal from 2009-2014, and is now on the Journal’s editorial board.
Sina Bahram is an accessibility consultant, researcher, and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Prime Access Consulting (PAC), an accessibility firm whose clients include high-tech startups, fortune 1000 companies, and both private and nationally-funded museums. Sina is also a doctoral candidate in computer science at North Carolina State University. His field of research is Human Computer Interaction (HCI) focusing on multi-modal approaches for eyes-free exploration of spatial information. As a recognized expert in accessibility, Sina enjoys collaborating with both colleagues in the field and individuals of diverse professions to devise innovative and user-centered solutions to difficult real-world problems. In 2012, Sina was recognized as a White House Champion of Change by President Barack Obama for his work enabling users with disabilities to succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. In 2015, the international accessibility community recognized Sina as an Emerging Leader in Digital Accessibility at the annual Knowbility Community Heroes of Accessibility Awards. You can read more about Sina and his interests on his website (http://www.SinaBahram.com) and his blog (http://blog.SinaBahram.com). He is @SinaBahram on Twitter. Prime Access Consulting’s homepage is at http://www.pac.bz
(formerly titled “Connecting to Underserved Audiences Through Outreach”)
Museum Educator Series Season 3, Webinar 9 with Anthony Gibbs, Community Engagement Coordinator, Ohio History Connection
It can be very easy to overlook the many people who don’t come through our doors or engage in our programming, but we must make efforts to reach those audiences who are underserved. There are many strategies to cultivate relationships beyond the traditional audiences we have and begin to serve and share our resources with the “neighbors” that don’t see our sites as relevant, accessible, or desirable destinations. This webinar will cover what makes an audience underserved, what assumptions we sometimes make that hinder these audiences, and how to connect and build relationships with underserved audiences and commit to their inclusion.
Anthony Gibbs is the Community Engagement Coordinator with the Local History Department of the Ohio History Connection. He has served as a Manager of Community Programs and has coordinated a number of educational events based on strategic community partnerships. As Community Engagement Coordinator, he works with many different communities around Central Ohio with a focus on underserved audiences. Anthony serves as a bridge builder and connects communities with the many resources and services of the Ohio History Connection. He also works to make sure that the stories of all Ohioans are represented in the work and overall Ohio story the Ohio History Connection portrays throughout their statewide work to present and promote Ohio History. Anthony’s position is just one part of Ohio History Connection’s commitment to their core value of Inclusivity.
Museum Educator Series Season 3, Webinar 8 with Kim Fortney, Deputy Director, National History Day
In If History Matters, Do Something About It, Kim Fortney, Deputy Director of National History Day, will facilitate a discussion surrounding the History Relevance Campaign. Learn what the History Relevance Campaign is, why it’s important, and what you can do to elevate the value of history for all. For those of us working in history organizations, this webinar will take us back to our roots, where we can dive into why the work we do everyday is important and meaningful and what we can do to communicate this importance.
Kim Fortney is the deputy director of National History Day (NHD). Before coming to NHD in 2009, she worked in museum education and administration at the Heritage Center of Lancaster County (Pennsylvania) and coordinated a regional NHD program. Passionate about history education, she is an active member of the History Relevance Campaign and currently serves on its executive committee. Ms. Fortney has presented about the informal learning that museums uniquely provide and about NHD as an effective agent for improving history education at the annual meetings of AASLH, AAM, the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM), and other organizations. From 2008-2010 she served MAAM as president of the board. With Beverly Sheppard, Ms. Fortney co-edited An Alliance of Spirit: Museum and School Partnerships, published by AAM in 2010. She holds an M.A. in History/Museum Studies from Duquesne University and completed the Senior Leaders Program for Non-Profit Professionals at Columbia Business School in 2013.
Museum Educator Series Season 3, Webinar 7 with Anne W. Ackerson, Creative Leadership & Management Solutions
We may participate in strategic planning to help chart our organization’s future, but how often in our careers do we stop and examine where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going? No matter if you’re just starting out or you’ve been around for a while, there are career crossroads to be navigated – some sooner rather than later; some by choice, others not. All the more reason to do some personal career planning! Anne will share tactics you can use to gain clarity on your career goals, track your progress, and keep yourself motivated. Prepare to do a little strategizing. If you’d like to submit questions to Anne in advance, please feel free to do so at email@example.com.
Anne W. Ackerson is a veteran director of historic house museums and historical societies in central and eastern New York, and the Museum Association of New York. She now currently serves as the executive director of the Council of State Archivists. Anne is also an independent organizational development consultant working primarily with cultural institutions. She is the co-author of the 2013 book Leadership Matters, which looks at the leadership needs of successful 21st Century history museums. Her newest book project explores lessons for women working in museums. She also writes regularly about management and leadership issues for cultural institutions in her blog, Leading by Design.
Museum Educator Series Season 3, Webinar 6 with Jim Wharton, Director of Conservation & Education, Seattle Aquarium
Jim Wharton, Director of Conservation and Education at the Seattle Aquarium, will facilitate a discussion about what museums can learn from zoos and aquariums and vice versa. Zoos and aquariums are often referred to as living museums, or museums with living collections, but are the distinctions really so simple? Jim will provide examples of how the Seattle Aquarium and similar institutions have learned from and worked with museum partners, and share insights from a recent panel discussion at the American Alliance of Museums conference.
Jim Wharton is the Director of Conservation and Education at the Seattle Aquarium. Jim came to the Aquarium in 2012 from Mote Marine Laboratory where he served as Vice President of Education. Both at Mote and earlier at the Smithsonian Marine Station, he developed programming and exhibitry aimed at translating current marine science research for general audiences. He holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Michigan, an M.S. in Marine Resource Management (with an emphasis in education as a conservation strategy) from Oregon State University, and is currently completing a Ph.D. in educational measurement at the University of South Florida. Jim serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive and Strategic Planning Committees of the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA). He is also a member of the Conservation Education and Trends Committees of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
Museum Educator Series Season 3, Webinar 5 with Brandi Young, INFOhio ILibrarian
Make It @ Your Museum – Making the Most Out of MakerSpaces
Looking for new ways to bring creativity, innovation, experimentation and learning into your museum? Open a MakerSpace! In a MakerSpace, patrons make their own meaning with hands-on, minds-on active learning.
Join Brandi Young, INFOhio ILibrarian, as she shares how INFOhio, Ohio’s PreK-12 digital library, has developed a MakerSpace initiative for school libraries and classrooms. Learn tips and tricks and common planning tools to make your museum a place for making and tinkering. Please come ready to share ideas for collaboration between museums and schools!
Brandi Young earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Ohio University and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Kent State. She taught high school English in Newark City Schools before moving into a middle school library program there. From there, she moved onto Westerville City Schools where she was an elementary school media specialist for three buildings. Two years ago, Brandi accepted the challenge of becoming an INFOhio ILibrarian with a focus on Digital Literacy.
Museum Educator Series Season 3, Webinar 4
Join Aaron Feinstein, Director of Actionplay and The Miracle Project New York, for a follow-up on last season’s Museum Educator Webinar Programming for Visitors on the Autism Spectrum. Join Aaron as he digs deeper into the ways museums can create experiences that respectfully invite people on the autism spectrum, as well as their peers and families. If you missed it the first time, register here for Programming for Visitors on the Autism Spectrum, Part 1.
Aaron Feinstein is The Director of The Miracle Project New York and Actionplay, and an educator and advocate for people of all abilities. Aaron has created sensory friendly programming for children with autism and developmental disabilities at The Brooklyn Museum and The Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and has directed the Miracle Project’s inclusive theatre and music programming at the 92nd Street Y, Rebecca School, and Educational Alliance among many other leading schools, arts, and performance institutions. Reach him on twitter @thefeinstein.
Museum Educator Series Season 3, Webinar 3 with Betsy Bowers and Kimberlee L. Kiehl, Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
For over 25 years, the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center has provided early care and education to children between the ages of 3 months and 6 years. Find out how this museum based demonstration school makes use of the Smithsonian and community resources to build important skills that prepare children to succeed in school. Gather ideas for creating effective learning experiences for young children in your museum.
Betsy Bowers, Director of the Center for Innovation in Early Learning (CIEL)
Betsy Bowers began her professional career at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center when it first opened its doors in 1988. After spending nearly 10 years with SEEC as an administrator, teacher and museum educator, she returned to graduate school where she received an MAT in museum education from the George Washington University. After several years as an independent consultant, she returned to SEEC to focus on expanding community based initiatives. She is a contributing author to AAM’s Alliance of Spirit: Museum School Partnerships publication, the Journal of Museum Education and Museums and Society. Betsy is an adjunct faculty member for the George Washington University where she teaches “Museum as Learning Environment” to graduate students and is currently working on a PhD in Educational Leadership from Lesley University.
Kimberlee L. Kiehl, Ph.D., Executive Director
Dr. Kim Kiehl took over as Executive Director of the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center in July 2012. In this position she has oversight on the operations of the lab schools for young children serving 135 students in three sites located within the walls of the Smithsonian museums. She was formerly (1990-2012) the Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy and Operations Officer at COSI (Center of Science and Industry) in Columbus, Ohio. In this role she managed the overall strategic direction of the institution, partnerships, research, and the daily operations of the building and COSI programs. Prior to joining COSI, she was Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Science and State Extension Specialist at The Ohio State University, Columbus and Curriculum Coordinator/Director for the A. Sophie Rogers Laboratory for Child and Family Studies. She also served as Associate Dean for Academic Programs, College of Human Ecology and has extensive publications in professional journals. Dr. Kiehl originally went to COSI on “special appointment” as Associate Vice President for Early Childhood Education for COSI Columbus on loan from Ohio State.
Dr. Kiehl received a Bachelor of Science in 1981, at SUNY Geneseo, in Speech Pathology and Audiology. The following year (1982) she completed her Master’s degree at The College of St. Rose, Department of Special Education. Dr. Kiehl received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State University in 1990. She continued to teach two undergraduate courses per quarter at The Ohio State University in the Department of Education and Human Ecology until her departure in 2012.
Museum Educator Series Season 3, Webinar 2
What does “shared authority,” “co-expertise,” and “peer-to-peer learning” actually look like? This webinar will feature an introduction to these concepts by Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello, guest editor of the July 2013 Journal of Museum Education issue, “Shared Authority: The Key to Museum Education as Social Change” (read her intro here) followed by an engaging conversation with Alexa Fairchild about ArtXchange, Brooklyn Museum’s innovative program for K-12 art teachers. Learn about successes and challenges of this approach, and ways to shift the dynamics of your offerings to welcome the expertise of your teacher audience.
Museum Educator Series Season 3, Webinar 1
Within museums are countless numbers of objects that demonstrate our creative potential. From artistic masterpieces to mended pots, they show our potential to think in new ways, to solve problems, and to connect with the wider world. In this workshop, Linda Norris will guide us through an exploration of ways we can enhance our own creative practice. She’ll share tips on making your entire museum more creative (no matter where you are on the organizational chart), and help us all imagine what the results of more creative museums might be: a changed museum field and more creative, liveable communities.
Linda Norris is an independent museum professional working both in the United States and internationally to shape compelling stories and deeper community engagements. She is co-author, with Rainey Tisdale, of Creative Practice in Museums (Left Coast Press, 2013) and blogs at The Uncataloged Museum. She was a Fulbright Scholar to Ukraine in 2009 and continues to work with museums there. Linda is currently teaching Community Engagement in Museums online for Johns Hopkins University and working on projects ranging from an exhibition on 20th century teenage history to the reinterpretation of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House.
Museum Educator Series Season 2, Webinar 10 – Season Finale with Megan Wood
Is it time to freshen up your education experiences? Or perhaps your institution is ready to create an education department. Join Megan Wood as she discusses the steps to make the best education department at your institution. The webinar will highlight setting your vision and creating learning statements, organizing (or reorganizing staff), and measuring your progress. We will be providing organizational charts from different institutions, case studies, and helpful tips for organizations regardless of size. Come ready to be inspired!
Megan Wood is the Associate Vice President, Education and Visitor Experience for the Historic Ford Estates in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan. Megan is our very first two-time Museum Educator Series presenter (Megan was our very first guest presenter!) and an honorary member of the CLF crew as she has worked with CEO of Creative Learning Stacia Kuceyeski on many occassions. Megan has over a decade of experience in museums and public history. She has a MA in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program and a BA in Public History from Western Michigan University.
Museum Educator Series Season 2, Webinar 9
This Webinar Presentation will feature a short Power Point presentation and video (filmed and distributed internationally by the Associated Press) featuring the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology’s popular Touch Program: Insights into Ancient Egypt. The session will highlight best practices for forming cultural partnerships with and for visitors who are blind or visually impaired as well as involving blind and visually impaired volunteers as Museum docents or guides.
We will also consider the revelatory quality of the tactile sense in art for everyone. Touch is the mother of the senses, the cornerstone of human experience and communication and as such can help us reconnect to memories and past experiences and develop a greater sensitivity and awareness to the world around us. This field of inquiry is informed by neuroscientists, curators, people with disabilities, artists, architects and others studying the phenomenology of touch.
Trish Maunder is an access coordinator and consultant for museums and art institutions. Currently the Special Programs Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, she designs and presents touch tours for visitors who are blind and visually impaired. She also conducts workshops about Touch to artists, students and teachers. Trish has a Master of Arts Degree in Art Education from The University of the Arts.
Museum Education Series Season 2, Webinar 8
What is the social mission of your museum? What is your rallying cry that gathers together staff, board, members, and the community and propels the museum forward? How can a museum reimagine itself so that it is relevant and integral to the community while maintaining its strengths, mission, and vision? The Columbus Museum of Art decided to tackle this challenge by embarking on a physical and philosophical journey that was risky — one that would call into question the museum’s purpose and existence — yet ironically find itself even more aligned with its mission: fostering community learning through the lens of creativity.
Cindy Foley was named Executive Assistant Director and Director of Learning and Experience at the Columbus Museum of Art in January 2014. This new leadership position includes oversight of all CMA’s learning initiatives (formerly Education), Visitor Experiences, and Visitor Engagement. This is a strategic move to align all programming and increase emphasis on visitor experiences and visitor engagement. As Director of Education, a title she held since arriving at CMA in 2006, Foley worked to reimagine the CMA as a 21st century institution that is transformative, active, and participatory. She believes that an art museum can and must impact the health and growth of the community by providing, fostering and championing creativity. This effort culminated with the opening of a new 18,000 sq. ft. Center for Creativity in 2011. In 2012, she received the Greater Columbus Arts Council Community Arts Partnership award for Arts Educator. She was a keynote speaker for the OAEA (Ohio Art Education Association) 2012 Conference. Foley was also instrumental in CMA being named a National Medal winner in 2013. The National Medal is presented by the Institute for Museum and Library Services, in recognition of museums and libraries that impact their community through intentional programs and initiatives that cultivate creative and critical thinking. Foley can be found on Twitter @CindyMFoley.
Museum Educator Series Season 2, Webinar 7.
Teens can be a tricky audience for a history museum. How can you involve them in your institution? Our presenter will share lessons learned, challenges, and tips for you to better integrate the teen voice into your institution, focusing on the redevelopment of the Junior Historian program at Dallas Heritage Village.
Melissa Prycer, longtime Director of Education at Dallas Heritage Village, was recently named President & Executive Director. She succeeds Gary Smith, who remains at the Village in a part-time capacity, serving as Director of Strategic Projects. During her decade at the Village, she has launched a lecture series, hands-on classes for children, a preschool storytime, numerous collaborative events, and increased school tours. She was also instrumental in the redesign of the General Store exhibit into a hands-on, participatory space. Among other educational outreach accomplishments, she reinvented the Junior Historian program for teens. Over 40 teens are now active volunteers as the museum and have successfully completed exhibits in the Doctor’s Office and Worth Hotel.
Museum Educator Series Season 2, webinar 6.
Interpreting the African American Legacy is a wonderful opportunity to keep alive stories and experiences that are important cornerstones of American History. Developing a first-person character presentation is a great way to reflect the human impact within different historical periods. This webinar will cover the basics of creating a first-person character, particularly from the African American experience; and give some strategies for overcoming the challenges and difficulties you may face preparing and/or presenting African American history through first-person characters.
Anthony Gibbs is a teaching artist who has taught and presented many history programs and character impressions for students of all ages. He has traveled throughout the Midwest sharing dramatic historical stories in schools, libraries, museums, and other venues. Anthony captures his audiences with spellbinding performances that keep listeners on the edge of their seats. He is a gifted storyteller and astute in his knowledge of historical content. He engages the audience in his presentations with his commanding presence, historical knowledge, authentic props, and excellent oratorical skills. He studied at the Ohio State University in the field of History. He currently works for the Ohio History Connection as the Unit Manager of Community Programs. The stories he brings to life are tales of great courage, tireless determination, and long lasting hope. Anthony loves history, and leaves his audiences with a greater respect and appreciation for the power of storytelling and the timeless messages we can all learn from our history.
Museum Educator Series Season 2, webinar 5.
This webinar will provide an introduction to interpreting LGBT history at museums and historic sites. We will discuss first steps in planning LGBT interpretive efforts, which include: deciding if the time is right for your organization to interpret LGBT history; approaching the sources; conceptualizing your story; and trust-building. Drawing on numerous case studies, Dr. Ferentinos will offer a range of success stories and suggest what we can learn from these examples.
Susan Ferentinos is a public history researcher, writer, and consultant based in Bloomington, Indiana, whose specialties include using the past to build community and historical project management. She has worked extensively with the National Park Service (NPS), most recently assisting in an agency-wide effort to better document women’s history in the units and programs of the NPS. Her book Interpreting LGBT History is due to be published by Rowman & Littlefield in early 2015. Find Susan on Twitter @HistorySue.
Museum Educator Series Season 2, webinar 4.
Aaron Feinstein, Director of Actionplay and The Miracle Project New York, will be joining Stacia to discuss the creation of museum experiences that respectfully invite people on the autism spectrum, as well as their peers and families. Mr. Feinstein will discuss ways of utilizing the museum space and adapting museum educational programs to become more fully inclusive of people on the autism spectrum and other differences of relating and communicating.
Aaron Feinstein is The Director of The Miracle Project New York and Actionplay, and an educator and advocate for people of all abilities. Aaron has created sensory friendly programming for children with autism and developmental disabilities at The Brooklyn Museum and The Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and has directed the Miracle Project’s inclusive theatre and music programming at the 92nd Street Y, Rebecca School, and Educational Alliance among many other leading schools, arts, and performance institutions. Reach him on twitter @thefeinstein
Museum Educator Series Season 2, webinar 3.
Museums offer a wide variety of learning experiences for students that are innovative, engaging, and creative. But what does that mean for teachers? In this webinar, participants will examine teacher needs and expectations and how museums can meet these by utilizing a holistic approach to program creation, scheduling and implementation. Led by Anna Altschwager, Robin Schuricht, and Mary Leiby, participants will hear a variety of perspectives as they explore strategies for improving the “teacher experience” and discuss concrete examples of how to implement these ideas into existing and future programs.
Anna Altschwager is the Visitor Experience Manager and Ohio Village Site Director at the Ohio History Connection. She has worked in education, exhibitions, and content development at museums large and small, sharing stories ranging from local geology to ancient China. She has a MA in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program.
Robin Schuricht is an Education Specialist at the Ohio History Connection.
Mary Leiby is the Coordinator of Program Sales and Scheduling at the Ohio History Connection.
Museum Educator Series Season 2, webinar 2.
Special guest Tim Hoogland (aka Mr. History) will be joining Stacia for this webinar! Tim is the coordinator of History Day in Minnesota and manager of education outreach services at MHS. Over his 20 years with History Day, participation in the program has grown from 125 students to approximately 30,000 students each year in Minnesota. Tim will discuss strategies the Minnesota Historical Society has used in order to create quality educational products with sales potential. Tim’s insight will be valuable regardless of your organization’s discipline or size.
Museum Educator Series Season 2 Season Premier!
Very special guest Nina Simon will be joining Stacia for this exciting topic.
Community engagement. Audience participation. What do these ideas look like in practice, and how we can we strengthen this work? Join Nina Simon for an interactive discussion about techniques to enhance visitor participation and how this work relates to organizational change.
Nina Simon has been described as a “museum visionary” by Smithsonian Magazine for her community-centered approach to design. She is currently the Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, where she led an institutional turnaround based on grassroots audience participation. Nina is the author of The Participatory Museum (2010) and the popular Museum 2.0 blog. Find Nina on Twitter @ninaksimon.
Museum education has become more than just field trips. In order to meet mission AND the needs of teachers and students, museums must build relationships with this core audience. But how? Learn strategies for reaching out and engaging educators, from mastering education lingo to developing a teacher advisory board with Tobi Voigt of the Detroit Historical Society.
Tobi Voigt is the Chief Curatorial Officer at the Detroit Historical Society, where she is responsible for the Society’s curatorial and educational initiatives. Previously, Ms. Voigt worked as the Manager of Statewide Programs at the New York State Historical Association in Cooperstown, New York where she managed the organization’s K-12 outreach programs, including National History Day in New York State. Ms. Voigt earned a Master’s Degree in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in 2006.
Museums provide children with experiences above and beyond the everyday and can instantly change the dynamics of the usual learning environment. Unfortunately, field trips to museums are not always an option for schools but incorporating educational artifacts and objects into the classroom with a traveling trunk program can offer some of the same benefits. In this webinar participants will learn about how to develop their own traveling trunk program or how to improve one that is already in place. Participants will also learn how to connect their traveling trunk program to other programs to create full educational packages to the schools they serve.
In addition to her work as a Creative Learning Engineer with the Creative Learning Factory, Becki Trivison is the administrator of the Museum in a Box traveling trunk program at the Ohio Historical Society. The Museum in a Box program is designed to enhance Ohio’s New Learning Standards in Social Studies and is targeted for students at the elementary and middle school grade levels. Becki has been successfully working to improve the quality of the program in order to meet teachers’ needs and support the importance of object-based learning and inquiry in the classroom.
Join us as Rachel Trinkley, Assistant Director of Education for Schools, Teachers, and Docents at the Columbus Museum of Art will present on STEAM, its benefits and challenges. Creative Learning Engineer Molly Uline-Olmstead will join her to discuss how museums can approach STEAM and decide what philosophy works best for their organization. Active discussion and sharing of ideas will be encouraged.
Rachel Trinkley is Assistant Director of Education for Schools, Teachers, and Docents at the Columbus Museum of Art (Ohio). She oversees direction and vision for preK-college school and teacher collaboration and programming, and guides long-term planning for the museum’s 120-member volunteer docent program. She develops in-school and in-gallery experiences for students, teachers, medical students, business professionals, and general museum visitors that seek to foster critical and creative thinking, collaboration, and dialogue. She earned her BA from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and her MA in art history from Ohio State University.
Join us as Mike Follin, Coordinator of Interpretive Services at the Ohio Historical Society, provides an in-depth overview of interpretive styles in both the first and third person. Mr. Follin will discuss the role and impact of the interpreter as well as how to effectively prepare for an informed audience. This program will be ideal for those who are seeking a true connection with their audience. Learn valuable methods for transforming research into a believable character performance that tells a great story!
Mike Follin is the Coordinator of Interpretive Services at the Ohio Historical Society. Mr. Follin is regarded as an area leader for first and third person historic interpretation, having taught training sessions nationally for the American Association of State and Local History. Mr. Follin frequently lectures and has performed storytelling throughout Ohio and the United States, England, Ireland, Russia, & Japan. Mr. Follin has performed for colleges, civic groups, museums, festivals, radio, and television.
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Many factors contribute to the satisfaction of your museum visitors’ experience, from amenities to programmatic offerings. This webinar will examine how to take a holistic look at the visitor experience through communication, training, awareness, assessment, and evaluation. Megan Wood, of the Ohio Historical Society, will discuss how to stay forward-looking and positive in order to focus on changes that can be made within limited resources. This webinar will help you understand what effects the visitor experience and who on your staff needs to be actively engaged in improving and maintaining it.
Megan Wood is the Visitor Experience Department Manager at the Ohio Historical Society, where she oversees all aspects of the visitor experience for both the Ohio History Center and the Ohio Village. The Ohio Village is the recreation of a rural community circa 1861. Ms. Wood has more than a decade of experience working in museums and public history. Ms. Wood earned her MA in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program and a BA in Public History from Western Michigan University.
This webinar with give an overview of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in ELA and Math including how they were developed and how they fit into the greater discussion of standards-based education. The presentation will examine how each set of CCSS is structured and then provide some strategies for designing new museum programs and activities that are aligned to the CCSS and reverse engineering existing programs and activities for alignment. Finally, it will outline some key benefits to the CCSS like the encouragement of interdisciplinary instruction.
This presentation will focus on how museums are developing school programming around 21st century skill techniques such as problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration. We will focus on approaches various art and history museums have adopted to meet these growing trends in formal and informal education and learning. In addition, we will see how inquiry-based learning is fueling the push toward the development of 21st century skills and thinking.
Mike Deetsch is the Assistant Director of Education at the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio. Mr. Deetsch has ten years of programming experience in museums and the classroom. He holds a B.A. in Art History from Hanover College and an M.S. in Art Education from Pratt Institute.
This presentation will provide a brief history of learning theories and demonstrate how those theories play out in classroom and museum settings. A learning theory is composed of two parts- a theory of knowledge and a theory of learning. This presentation will provide some basic definitions and provide time for discussion and questions. Other topics in this presentation include: Multiple Intelligences, Bloom’s Taxonomy, Informal vs. Formal Learning, and Family Learning.
About the presenter: Megan Wood is the Visitor Experience Department Manager for the Ohio Historical Society. Ms. Wood has over a decade of experience in museums and public history. She has a MA in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program and a BA in Public History from Western Michigan University.