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

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

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

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