Museum Fieldtrips, from the other side!

Tara YoungAlliance Labs, Featured, P-12 Education6 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

Teaching Students to be Change Makers: Civic Education at Morven Park

Abby PfistererAlliance Labs, Featured, P-12 Education0 Comments

Advocacy Game

Abby Pfisterer is the Director of Education at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia. In this role, she leads the development of K-12 school programs that teach students the skills, knowledge, and mindset they need to be leaders and change makers – continuing the legacy of leadership left behind by the historic owners of Morven Park. In 2010 Morven Park, a … Read More

Breaking the Silence to Awaken Your Muse

Detrice L. RobertsFeatured, P-12 Education2 Comments

Detrice Roberts is a graduate student, pursuing her M.A. in History from Jackson State University. Everyone has a muse – a source of inspiration. It’s what awakens inner beauty and arouses the artist within. Merriam-Webster defines art as a “skill acquired by experience, study, or observation.” But even if you’ve never put paintbrush to canvas, pen to paper, or needle … Read More

All Kids Need Museums: The Funding Hunt

Amanda SpencerFeatured, P-12 Education, Strategic Plan0 Comments

Children playing at the Reading Public Museum

Amanda Spencer is the grants manager at the Reading Public Museum in Reading, PA. You can reach Amanda and the museum on Facebook @readingpublicmuseum, Instagram @rdgmuseum & Twitter @rdgmuseum. “Thank you Reading Public Museum and Planetarium for the free field trip….Thanks for the awesome touring and for being nice and answering our questions. Also for letting us touch stuff like the glowing … Read More