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Education (EdCom)

The American Alliance of Museums’ Education Professional Network (EdCom) advances the purpose of museums as places of lifelong learning, serves as an advocate for diverse audiences and educators, and promotes professional standards and excellence in the practice of museum education.

Through mentoring, communications, professional development and continuing education, trend tracking, and awards, EdCom works to define, foster, and celebrate promising and next practices in museum education and investigate, articulate, and provoke next practices. EdCom offers something for everyone, from seasoned veterans of museum education looking to continue as life-long learners, or educators new to the field just trying to figure out the basics.

EdCom serves our community by:

  • Sponsoring national awards for excellence in museum education
  • Conceiving and implementing professional development opportunities throughout the year
  • Sharing new and promising information about the informal learning field and the profession via blog posts, social media and EdComversations
  • Offering networking opportunities for those engaged in fostering the educational purposes of museums

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What University Museum Educators Have Learned from the Pandemic

In this series of posts, EdCom’s Trends Committee is taking a deeper look at emerging phenomena identified in the 2021 edition of TrendsWatch from the Center for the Future of Museums. In …

My High School Is in a Museum

Followers of this blog will know I am a huge fan of museum schools. TrendsWatch: Museums as Community Infrastructure, the most recent CFM report, devotes one chapter to exploring how …

For Your Radar: The National Association of Museum Schools

When invited to make a statement I’d like to be true in the future, I often offer a vision of America in which “any child can choose to go to school in a museum.” Today’s guest post by …

STEAMing into Solvency: Integrating a Museum into the Public School System

The pandemic was an economic tsunami for museums, particularly those already experiencing financial stress. Relatively new museums, still getting their feet under themselves, were at …

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