Submit to the 2017 Competition

Submission Deadline: 
Jan. 31, 2017

Sample Submission


Email: Claudia Ocello

EdCom Award for Excellence in Programming

This award recognizes exemplary creativity in museum educational programming.

To be eligible, the program must have clearly articulated goals, be designed to achieve the goals with the intended audiences, have concrete evidence of success, have been presented three consecutive years and reflect institutional commitment.

Programs that clearly address one or more of the principles outlined in the Alliance’s policy statement on public education, Excellence and Equity, will be given special consideration.



  • John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, Il
    For Shedd Underwater Robotics

    Judges used words such as “excellent” “fun!” “innovative” and “rigorous” to describe the John G. Shedd Aquarium’s Underwater Robotics program. Launched in fall 2009, Shedd Underwater Robotics consists of two main program areas: the Club and the Shedd Midwest Regional ROV MATE Competition. In the Competition, teams from around the Midwest compete in ROV engineering missions, panel design discussions and poster presentations. The Club portion of Shedd Underwater Robotics consists of two in-person teacher-training days, online resources, yearlong club support, and a culminating Club Event for teachers and students. One judged summed it up by noting, “Worthy program with excellent metrics and outcomes. Excellent partnerships and scholarly reach. Looks like fun!”


  • The NY Transit Museum, NY
    For Subway Sleuths

    This 10-week after school program developed out of a recognition of a subset of visitors harnesses the power of “special interest areas” i.e. trains - to motive and support social engagement with children with autism. Judges liked the evaluation plan, responsiveness of the program to audience needs and the hiring of consultants tailored to work with the audience, as well as how in planning, they sought the input of parents. One judge noted: [This is]…an interesting model of working not from an audience that you want to get into the museum, but actually using and shaping programs to fit an audience you KNEW/noticed coming to the museum frequently.”
  • President Lincoln’s Cottage, Washington, DC
    For Students Opposing Slavery International Summit

    During the summit, teenagers from around the world come together for one week to gain resources and training, engaging with survivors of modern slavery and present-day abolitionists to create campaigns they’ll launch in their schools raising awareness of and fighting against human trafficking in their own communities. Judges noted that the program is very much mission-related and relevant to the audience. Integrating their historic location and pressing modern needs, the program teaches empathy and how to be engaged citizens on a global scale via youth engagement.


  • Native American Fellowship Program
    Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

    This paid summer fellowship program for Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native backgrounds provides participants with a comprehensive perspective on the theory and practice of museum management in the context of a meaningful, in-depth project in a museum department. The program also includes weekly workshops, field trips, and topical presentations. Judges were struck by the track record of the program (6 years and counting), its organization and content, and the museum’s strong commitment to increase diversity in the museum field.