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Building Equity: K-12 Education in Museums

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The introduction slide for Building Equity: K-12 Education in Museums includes various images of students in a museum learning setting.

Watch this engaging conversation between Keahe Davis, Ah-Young Kim, Kelly Williams, and Tara Young as they discuss the state of museums and K-12 education. They talk about where we are and where we are going toward making museum and K-12 education more equitable for everyone involved from the student to the educator.

Some of the key discussion points in this video: 

  • A brief glimpse at the state of K-12 education today
  • Digital engagement and the pivot during COVID-19
  • Educating with an eye toward the whole child
  • Thinking about the whole educator and toward pay equity
  • The future of museum education


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Museums Can Help Transform Education 

In this guest post from the Center for the Future of Museums blog, Katherine Prince of KnowledgeWorks outlines the future of learning and explores the roles museums might play in a more free-form education system.

Museums for Digital Learning

A unique online learning platform that provides curated museum collection resources to K-12 educators. All content is free to use and share.

Museum Education for Today’s Audiences 

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Storytelling in Museums

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TrendsWatch: Museums as Community Infrastructure

This edition of the Alliance’s annual forecasting report makes the case that museums are vital public infrastructure, by virtue of their contributions to five pillars of community strength and resilience including education for our children, livable communities for our elders, mental health, emergency response in the face of disasters, and a human-centered culture of sustainability.

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