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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.