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

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

A group of people stand outside the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History

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

Inviting Children In: Valuing The Youngest Museum Visitors

Cynthia Raso, Tiffany McGettigan, Meredith Osborne, Motoko HiokiFeatured, P-12 Education1 Comment

A group of students sit in front of a large artwork listening to a tour guide or teacher.

Is your museum seeking ways to activate its spaces with the enthusiasm of young learners? As museums strive to be more diverse and inclusive, museums of all types can embrace the larger movement to meaningfully engage young children. In an earlier article, members of the Smithsonian Early Learning Collaborative shared why this audience is critical in transforming museums into 21st century … Read More

My Primary School is at the Museum – Squaring the Circle

Wendy James and Sage Morgan-HubbardFeatured, P-12 Education0 Comments

Greetings! This is Sage and I am excited to announce that we are reposting this great article because I am about to fly to Manchester, England to attend the Museum Association’s conference and be on a panel with these wonderful authors speaking about the “museum schools movement” in the UK and US. It will be refreshing to be able to … Read More

We Want You!: The Targeted Recruitment of Youth

Danielle Marino, Nick Martinez, Andrea Motto, Neal Ramus,Featured, P-12 Education0 Comments

Two women help a young visitor learn about an object on exhibit

This post originally appeared on the Center for the Future of Museum’s Future of Education site in January 2017.  The world is rapidly growing, becoming more interconnected and increasingly diverse. Diversity means many things, from gender equality, to racial and socioeconomic equity. Many cultural institutions have out-of-school-time classes, internships, volunteer experiences, and research opportunities for students but many institutions have difficulty … Read More

Giving school groups a place to sit—Tips for Creating Museum Field Experiences from a Teacher’s Perspective

Lisa M. ThayneFeatured, P-12 Education0 Comments

Field trip to the National Gallery with children sitting on the floor in front of a painting with a teacher sitting and interpreting

I teach fifth-grade students in a small town in Northern Virginia. I’m lucky in many ways—first, fifth graders are full of life and energy and are still excited by learning. There’s nothing better than seeing a student’s face light up and experience art or an exhibit they’ve never seen before. And secondly, I live extremely close to many opportunities for … Read More

Why Museums Should Care About Young Children

Anna Forgerson Hindley, Cynthia Raso, and Tiffany McGettiganFeatured, P-12 Education0 Comments

A group of young children sit at a long table coloring and writing. One youngster is smiling up at someone off-camera.

Anne Forgerson Hindley is the Supervisory Early Childhood Education Coordinator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Cynthia Raso is Assistant Director of the Center for Innovation in Earling Learning at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center. Tiffany McGettigan is an ARTLAB+ Educator for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Over the last three decades, many museums … Read More

Building the Dreamspace in Museum Education

Sage Morgan HubbardDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured, P-12 Education1 Comment

Image of Asian woman looking down into the camera

Sage Morgan-Hubbard is the Ford W. Bell Fellow in P-12 Education and Museums at the American Alliance of Museums. I have been asking Alyssa Machida to share her brilliance with all of you since I met her last October at Mass Action MIA. I cannot imagine a better time to share her work and have us all begin to think more about the … Read More

4 reasons you should vote for “Partnering with museums for hands-on learning year-round” for SXSW today!

Sage Morgan HubbardAlliance Labs, Featured, P-12 Education1 Comment

Image of the South by Southwest logo and a picture from a past meeting graphic

Dearest colleagues, thank you for taking the time out to read this blog. I need your help. Please vote to allow me to attend and present at SXSWEdu (South by Southwest Education). My presentation is entitled, “Partnering with museums for hands-on learning year-round.” Voting is easy. All you have to do is quickly create a free account and click on the … Read More

Museum Fieldtrips, from the other side!

Tara YoungAlliance Labs, Featured, P-12 Education17 Comments

Group of children surrounding a statue framed with mat signed by all of the kids

Tara Young is Deputy Director at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, MA On a 95-degree day in mid-June, I accompanied my daughter Alice’s 3rd-grade class on a “field study” to Lexington and Concord (her twin sister Ruth went the next day). There was fierce competition for chaperone slots, and after having not made the cut for other trips, … Read More

Authentic Experiences and Innovative Instruction

Amanda Hilliard SmithFeatured, P-12 Education0 Comments

Amanda Hilliard Smith is the Museum Teaching Specialist at the Fulton County Schools Teaching Museum. Imagine a school system making a real commitment to authentic experiences and innovative instruction. What would it look like? It could look a lot like the Fulton County School’s Teaching Museum. The school system operates two museums in opposite ends of Fulton County to serve … Read More