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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, conference activities, professional development, and awards, EdCom works to define, foster, and celebrate best 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 at the AAM annual meeting and beyond
  • Providing access to the most up-to-date information about the informal learning field and the profession
  • Offering networking opportunities for those engaged in fostering the educational purposes of museums

Get involved in EdCom by volunteering to serve on a committee!



EdCom recognizes outstanding museum educators and supporters, programs and resources that exemplify excellence.


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EdComversations 2.0

“Who dares to teach, must never cease to learn.”–John Cotton Dana In March, the EdCom Professional Network is launching a new format for our EdComversations. If you haven’t joined us for …

American Alliance of Museums Recognizes Excellence in Museum Educators and Programs

For Immediate Release ARLINGTON, VA – Two museum programs and one museum professional have gained accolades from the Education Professional Network (EdCom) of the American Alliance of …

Watch an overview of the Museums & Schools: The LA Convening

Please check out more about our November Museums & Schools: The LA Convening and be ready for the Museums & Schools: Phoenix edition on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at our upcoming annual …

Quick wins for building empathy with visitors: 4 hacks inspired by School Retool

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 …

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