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

How Québec changed my mind about museums!

John Early Museum Magnet Middle SchoolAlliance Labs, Featured, P-12 Education2 Comments

Katie attends John Early Museum Magnet Middle School in Tennesee. This is the first in a series we’ll be presenting from students attending John Early Museum Magnet Middle School. Spring break was approaching. I was told I would be going to Old Québec City for four days and then going skiing in Beaupré. “Gross. A week in the cold,” I … Read More

A Museum-School Partnership: Why It’s Important & How It Works

Ellen Balkin & Suzanna RitzP-12 Education0 Comments

Landscape from Museum School Parntership in New Orleans

Ellen Balkin is the Education Manager and Suzanna Ritz is the Curriculum Coordinator for the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. By all accounts, the educational landscape of New Orleans has changed dramatically since Hurricane Katrina. The city “essentially erased its traditional school district and started over,” wrote Doug Harris, director of the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans. The Orleans Parish School … Read More

Facilitating ‘Tough’ Conversations: A Case Study from the Evansville Museum

Karen Malone & the Community Relations CommitteeAlliance Labs, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured, P-12 Education0 Comments

Karen Malone is the The Ruby C. Strickland Curator of Education at the Evansville Museum. You can reach out to her at karen@emuseum.org or follow her on Instagram @TheMuseumKaren. Make sure to ask her about the on-going adventures of the #MuseumShark! Have you ever wished to encourage a place for dialogue in your museum? How about using a format that would … Read More

Cape Fear Museum Goes to Space (Place)

Pepper HillP-12 Education0 Comments

19 Feb. 2010) --- Backdropped by Earth’s horizon and the blackness of space, the International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-130 crew member on space shuttle Endeavour after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. Undocking of the two spacecraft occurred at 7:54 p.m. (EST) on Feb. 19, 2010.

Pepper Hill is a museum educator at Cape Fear Museum of History and Science in Wilmington, NC. The Cape Fear Museum of History and Science recently opened an interactive experience, called Space Place, inspired by and modeled after the International Space Station—a spacecraft that orbits Earth where astronauts from around the world live and work. This is the story of how the … Read More