Museum Educator Series Webinars
The Museum Educator Series is designed specifically for museum professionals. Our webinars provide unique learning experiences with practical applications for participants.
The Museum Educator Series webinars can be purchased individually, for a group of participants within an organization, or as a full season with our season pass! For the group rate or season pass, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
8/21/2014 2:00 PM-3:30 PM EDT
Museum Educator Series Season 2, webinar 3.
Museums offer a wide variety of learning experiences for students that are innovative, engaging, and creative. But what does that mean for teachers? In this webinar, participants will examine teacher needs and expectations and how museums can meet these by utilizing a holistic approach to program creation, scheduling and implementation. Led by Anna Altschwager, Robin Schuricht, and Mary Leiby, participants will hear a variety of perspectives as they explore strategies for improving the “teacher experience” and discuss concrete examples of how to implement these ideas into existing and future programs.
Anna Altschwager is the Visitor Experience Manager and Ohio Village Site Director at the Ohio History Connection. She has worked in education, exhibitions, and content development at museums large and small, sharing stories ranging from local geology to ancient China. She has a MA in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program.
Robin Schuricht is an Education Specialist at the Ohio History Connection.
Mary Leiby is the Coordinator of Program Sales and Scheduling at the Ohio History Connection.
9/4/2014 2:00 PM-3:30 PM EDT
Museum Educator Series Season 2, webinar 4.
Aaron Feinstein, Director of Actionplay and The Miracle Project New York, will be joining Stacia to discuss the creation of museum experiences that respectfully invite people on the autism spectrum, as well as their peers and families. Mr. Feinstein will discuss ways of utilizing the museum space and adapting museum educational programs to become more fully inclusive of people on the autism spectrum and other differences of relating and communicating.
Aaron Feinstein is The Director of The Miracle Project New York and Actionplay, and an educator and advocate for people of all abilities. Aaron has created sensory friendly programming for children with autism and developmental disabilities at The Brooklyn Museum and The Brooklyn Children's Museum, and has directed the Miracle Project's inclusive theatre and music programming at the 92nd Street Y, Rebecca School, and Educational Alliance among many other leading schools, arts, and performance institutions. Reach him on twitter @thefeinstein
10/16/2014 2:00 PM-3:30 PM EDT
Museum Educator Series Season 2, webinar 5.
This webinar will provide an introduction to interpreting LGBT history at museums and historic sites. We will discuss first steps in planning LGBT interpretive efforts, which include: deciding if the time is right for your organization to interpret LGBT history; approaching the sources; conceptualizing your story; and trust-building. Drawing on numerous case studies, Dr. Ferentinos will offer a range of success stories and suggest what we can learn from these examples.
Susan Ferentinos is a public history researcher, writer, and consultant based in Bloomington, Indiana, whose specialties include using the past to build community and historical project management. She has worked extensively with the National Park Service (NPS), most recently assisting in an agency-wide effort to better document women’s history in the units and programs of the NPS. Her book Interpreting LGBT History is due to be published by Rowman & Littlefield in early 2015. Find Sue on Twitter @HistorySue.
11/4/2014 2:00 PM-3:30 PM EDT
Museum Educator Series Season 2, webinar 6.
Interpreting the African American Legacy is a wonderful opportunity to keep alive stories and experiences that are important cornerstones of American History. Developing a first-person character presentation is a great way to reflect the human impact within different historical periods. This webinar will cover the basics of creating a first-person character, particularly from the African American experience; and give some strategies for overcoming the challenges and difficulties you may face preparing and/or presenting African American history through first-person characters.
Anthony Gibbs is a teaching artist who has taught and presented many history programs and character impressions for students of all ages. He has traveled throughout the Midwest sharing dramatic historical stories in schools, libraries, museums, and other venues. Anthony captures his audiences with spellbinding performances that keep listeners on the edge of their seats. He is a gifted storyteller and astute in his knowledge of historical content. He engages the audience in his presentations with his commanding presence, historical knowledge, authentic props, and excellent oratorical skills. He studied at the Ohio State University in the field of History. He currently works for the Ohio History Connection as the Unit Manager of Community Programs. The stories he brings to life are tales of great courage, tireless determination, and long lasting hope. Anthony loves history, and leaves his audiences with a greater respect and appreciation for the power of storytelling and the timeless messages we can all learn from our history.
1/15/2015 2:00 PM-3:30 PM EDT
Museum Educator Series Season 2, webinar 7.
Teens can be a tricky audience for a history museum. How can you involve them in your institution? Our presenter will share lessons learned, challenges, and tips for you to better integrate the teen voice into your institution, focusing on the redevelopment of the Junior Historian program at Dallas Heritage Village.
Melissa Prycer, longtime Director of Education at Dallas Heritage Village, was recently named President & Executive Director. She succeeds Gary Smith, who remains at the Village in a part-time capacity, serving as Director of Strategic Projects. During her decade at the Village, she has launched a lecture series, hands-on classes for children, a preschool storytime, numerous collaborative events, and increased school tours. She was also instrumental in the redesign of the General Store exhibit into a hands-on, participatory space. Among other educational outreach accomplishments, she reinvented the Junior Historian program for teens. Over 40 teens are now active volunteers as the museum and have successfully completed exhibits in the Doctor’s Office and Worth Hotel.
2/2/2015 2:00 PM-3:30 PM EDT
Museum Educator Series Season 2, Webinar 8
Program description, date, and guest speaker details coming soon!!
3/11/2015 2:00 PM-3:30 PM EDT
Museum Educator Series Season 2, Webinar 9
This Webinar Presentation will feature a short Power Point presentation and video (filmed and distributed internationally by the Associated Press) featuring the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology’s popular Touch Program: Insights into Ancient Egypt. The session will highlight best practices for forming cultural partnerships with and for visitors who are blind or visually impaired as well as involving blind and visually impaired volunteers as Museum docents or guides.
We will also consider the revelatory quality of the tactile sense in art for everyone. Touch is the mother of the senses, the cornerstone of human experience and communication and as such can help us reconnect to memories and past experiences and develop a greater sensitivity and awareness to the world around us. This field of inquiry is informed by neuroscientists, curators, people with disabilities, artists, architects and others studying the phenomenology of touch.
Trish Maunder is an access coordinator and consultant for museums and art institutions. Currently the Special Programs Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, she designs and presents touch tours for visitors who are blind and visually impaired. She also conducts workshops about Touch to artists, students and teachers. Trish has a Master of Arts Degree in Art Education from The University of the Arts.
4/2/2015 2:00 PM-3:30 PM EDT
Museum Educator Series Season 2, Webinar 10
Program description, date, and guest speaker details coming soon!!
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8/30/2014 9:00 AM-3:00 PM EDT
Are you looking for a new perspective in American History? Join us as we explore the history of the LGBT community and discuss ways to incorporate a new perspective into the classroom. Featured presenters will include Ohio State University professor Dr. Daniel Rivers who will lead a discussion about the history, contributions, and struggles of the LGBT community through the course of history and Creative Learning Engineer Becki Trivison who will demonstrate ways to incorporate the topic into the classroom. The registration fee will cover the cost of a boxed lunch and a copy of “A Queer History of the United States” by Michael Bronski.
Special thanks to our partners Outlook Media & the Gay Ohio History Initiative.
Ohio History Center
800 E. 17th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43211
9/27/2014 9:00 AM-3:00 PM EDT
Are you ready to take a trip into the past? Join the Creative Learning Factory at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House and spend a day traveling through history with primary sources. Facilitated by Creative Learning Engineer Joy King, participants will examine historic sites, photographs, and postcards as classroom teaching tools and take part in hands-on, minds-on historical thinking activities that will be immediately applicable to the classroom. Participants will also witness history firsthand as they take part in From Then Until Now: The History of Gaukler Pointe, an interactive student tour offered at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House. The registration fee will cover the cost of lunch.
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
1100 Lake Shore Road
Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan 48236
Special thanks to our sponsor, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
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