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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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Obtaining Government Funding for Education Programs

In this series of posts, EdCom’s Trends Committee is taking a deeper look at emerging phenomena identified in the 2020 edition of TrendsWatch from the Center for the Future of Museums. In …

Game Plan Call for Applications! Professional Development for Museum Educators

In 2008, Dr. Jane McGonigal delivered the inaugural lecture for the new Center for the Future of Museums. McGonigal, who is both a professional futurist AND a ludologist, made the case that …

Attracting Charitable Giving through Education Programs

In this series of posts, EdCom’s Trends Committee is taking a deeper look at emerging phenomena identified in the 2020 edition of TrendsWatch from the Center for the Future of Museums. In …

My Primary School is in a Museum—US Pandemic Edition

Can you imagine being a school-age kid during this pandemic? Whether they are glued to a screen trying to learn via Zoom, attending class masked and distanced, or being home-schooled, this …

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