Leaving the country for new models and brilliant inspirations! “My Primary School is at the Museum” and the Museum Association Conference 2017

Sage Morgan HubbardFeatured, P-12 Education0 Comments

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I have been blessed to attend many conferences over the course of my Ford W. Bell fellowship and have helped support many projects over the past year, however, none have been as comprehensive and accessible as the “My Primary School is at the Museum” project. In fact, I was so revitalized following this conference that I now champion all museum … Read More

Quick wins for building empathy with visitors: 4 hacks inspired by School Retool

Dana Mitroff SilversFeatured, P-12 Education0 Comments

This post originally appeared on Design Thinking for Museums and is republished here with permission. Last spring and this winter, I’ve had the opportunity to work as a coach for a project called School Retool, an initiative developed by the K12 Lab Network at Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the d.school) in collaboration with IDEO and the Hewlett Foundation. School Retool is professional development fellowship that helps public … Read More

Sharing Outcomes from “Don’t Raid the Cookie Jar” – Opening remarks by Laura Lott

Laura LottFeatured, Financial Sustainability1 Comment

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This post is adapted from opening remarks made by Alliance CEO Laura Lott at “Don’t Raid the Cookie Jar: Creating Early Interventions to Prevent Deaccessioning Crises,” a convening held December 14-15, 2017 in Cambridge, MA, and organized in partnership with the Association of Art Museum Directors, the American Association for State and Local History, the Association for Academic Museums and … Read More

The power of evaluation: Assessing how museum experiences influence classroom practice at the Monticello Teacher Institute

Lora CooperFeatured, P-12 Education0 Comments

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When teachers talk about the value of field trips to their students, the power of experiencing history or being in “the room where it happen[ed]” to quote Lin-Manuel Miranda, is often mentioned. The same is true for teachers themselves, as their passion for history is reignited by professional development programs hosted by museums and sites across the country. At the … Read More

Learn more about C.J. Roberts, the newest AAM Accreditation Commissioner

Joseph KlemExcellence, Featured1 Comment

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The following is an interview with newly appointed Accreditation Commissioner, C.J. Roberts, on what this new appointment means to him and the field.  1. You were part of the Tampa Bay History Center from its inception. Tell me how that experience has affected your view of Excellence programs in general, and accreditation in particular. The takeaway for me was to … Read More

Time and Space Self-Care Plan

Seema RaoDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured2 Comments

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Resolution-makers often accidentally set themselves up for failure. They set goals that are totally out of character. They imagine they will change a dozen bad habits overnight. When within a few weeks, they somehow remain unchanged, the failure creates a feeling of stasis. Basically, the whole element of resolution-making becomes a self-fulfilling failure. So, in this new year, these three … Read More

Top Ten Takeaways from the Museums & Schools: The LA Convening

Sage Morgan HubbardA World of Connections, Featured, P-12 Education0 Comments

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Greetings, and Happy New Year! This is Sage Morgan-Hubbard and Megan Lantz from AAM writing to share some of our top takeaways from Museums & Schools: The LA Convening. AAM co-hosted this event with the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County on Tuesday, November 28. Our aim was to spark dialogue about the central role museums … Read More

Aurora Regional Fire Museum’s MAP Experience

Susan ZwerlingAlliance Labs, Excellence, Featured0 Comments

A view of the exterior of the Aurora Regional fire Museum with green copper accents.

Susan Zwerling is a Museum Assessment Program Officer for AAM. I recently interviewed Aurora Regional Fire Museum (ARFM) Executive Director Brian Failing (BF) about the museum’s Community Engagement MAP experience.  He joined this small museum in Aurora, IL.  as their director in March 2016 and they began their first MAP in December 2016. The museum celebrates its 50th Anniversary in … Read More