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Free Student Memberships to the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries

This is a GREAT offer, and one that all current Tufts students should sign up for immediately. I’m pulling this verbatim from the American Association of Museums LinkedIn page:

To kick off this academic year, the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries is offering FREE ONE YEAR STUDENT MEMBERSHIPS if you sign-up between now and October 15th.

AAMG acknowledges that students are one of the prime constituencies of all of our institutions as well as our future colleagues and leaders. We value the student voice and student participation.

Last time AAMG offered this special program over 400 students took advantage.

To apply on-line, visit

BENEFITS FOR INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS — $50 a year (Students – Free!*)
•Access to our content-rich Members-Only Website, including job openings
•Free unrestricted access to AAMG-L and its 3,200 participating members to promote your traveling exhibitions, job openings and more
•Multiple First-Class Educational Opportunities to help you further your education and advance your career
•Eligibility to apply for transportation and scholarship funds to attend selected professional conferences and educational programs
•Multiple opportunities to network and virtually network with your academic colleagues at AAMG and AAM meetings and on the AAMG list serv, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
•Professional and Career Guidance on request from the board and regional representatives of AAMG
•Eligibility to serve on the AAMG Board or a standing or ad hoc committee
•Eligibility for travel support if you are a session presenter at Annual AAMG Meetings
•Invitation to the AAMG Annual Business Luncheon and Free Members’ Networking Reception if you attend the annual AAM Meeting

*(Students submit a copy of your current college/university ID with your membership application).

Smithsonian Early Childhood Science Education Research Forum

Smithsonian Early Childhood Science Education Research Forum

Note that there is a webcast for this event, which looks amazing.

*Smithsonian Early Childhood Science Education Research Forum*****

Join us on *Wednesday, June 20* for a Smithsonian Early Childhood Science
Education Research Forum. Events begin at 9:00 am. This forum is open to
all educators, administrators, research and under/graduate students that
are interested in Early Childhood Science Education in formal and informal
environments. *This is a free event but registration is required: Please
register at the link at the bottom of the page.*

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*Morning Presentation*

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9:00 am- 10:30 am –  Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium*

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*Foundations of Science Literacy (FSL): Professional Development that
Impacts Adult and Child Learning in Physical Science
*Presenters:  Nancy Clark-Chiarelli, Education Development Center (EDC),
Cindy Hoisington (EDC), Jeff Winokur (EDC), and Holly Harrick (Connecticut
Science Center)****

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Young children and science are a natural fit. In order to get the most out
of their science experiences however, young children need the support of
adults who can integrate science content and practices into children¹s
explorations. FSL is a comprehensive professional development program
designed to support science teaching and learning in the early years. In
this presentation we will describe the FSL program, present research-based
evidence of its impact, and share some compelling illustrations of what
young children¹s science inquiry and learning can look like when it is
facilitated by knowledgeable adults.  Holly Harrick from the Connecticut
Science Center will address the significance of the FSL approach to
informal learning environments.****

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The event will be webcasted on the National Air and Space Museum U-STREAM

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11:30 am-12:30 pm ­ National Air and Space Museum, Briefing Room****

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After the forum, guests are invited to come to the National Air and Space
Museum Briefing Room for a lunchtime discussion of  the National Air and
Space Museum¹s Science in Pre-K program. From there, we will meet at the
National Museum of the American Indian for an afternoon of hands-on
workshops offered by the Education Development Center and Culture
Interpreters from the National Museum of the American Indian.****


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**1:00 pm-3:00 pm ­ National Museum of the American Indian
Once you have registered, locations of the workshops will be sent to you
via email.****

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*Exploring Water with Young Children*

*Presenter: Jeff Winokur, EDC*

Water is a compelling material for young children to explore in both large
and small amounts. As a topic, it has the potential to engage them in
explorations over time and across settings and connect them to the ³big
ideas² in Physical Science. In this workshop, participants will engage in a
³minds-on² drops investigation. They will be introduced to the teaching
strategies and approaches used in the FSL professional development and
observe them in action during water explorations in an early childhood

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*Discovering Nature with Young Children*

*Presenter: Cindy Hoisington, EDC*

Nature explorations benefit children¹s physical, social-emotional, and
cognitive development.  When scaffolded by knowledgeable adults, plant and
animal investigations also have the potential to connect children to the
³big ideas² in Life Science. In this workshop participants will engage in a
³minds-on² small creatures investigation. They will be introduced to the
teaching strategies and approaches used in the FSL professional development
and observe them in action during animal explorations in an early childhood

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*Chesapeake Tour for Young Children*

*Presenter: Adrienne Smith, National Museum of the American Indian*

Native people have inhabited the Chesapeake region for thousands of years,
building their lives around local waterways and the abundance of plants and
animals found here. See how young **

children can learn life sciences and culture through exploring a wetland,
touching objects made of cattails, and learning how local tribes, both past
and present, have cultivated meaningful relationships with their
surrounding environments.


Great Plains Tipi Culture and Science for Young Children
Presenter: Mandy Foster

For Native people of the Great Plains life revolved around the bison.  They
followed their migrations throughout the year, lived in homes made from
their skins, and found over 100 ways to utilize the animal to support
themselves.  For the Lakota people, the bison is considered their closest
relative and the most generous of all beings because it gives its life for
their survival.  Experience how young children can learn about science and
material culture in how the bison was used, touch objects made from it, and
what life on the Great Plains was like over 100 years ago.

Presenter Bios

Nancy Clark-Chiarelli, EDC, is Principal Investigator of Assessing Efficacy
of a Comprehensive Intervention in Physical Science on Head Start Teachers
and Children, an efficacy and replication study funded by the Institute of
Education Sciences (IES). She is leading teams researching a credit-bearing
professional development program in New York State as part of an early
childhood teacher quality grant. Findings support the effectiveness of the
professional development on teacher instruction and children¹s science
learning. In a newly-funded grant award from US Dept of Education, Nancy
and her team will be partnering with the Connecticut Science Center to
develop and test two new professional development programs in preschool
science focusing on nature and structures.

Cynthia Hoisington, EDC, directs projects aimed at getting children and
adults outdoors exploring together; helping teachers use educational
television to facilitate science learning; and supporting low literacy
families to scaffold children¹s language development through everyday
science explorations. She has customized science trainings for United Way
of Miami-Dade, University of Northern Iowa, National Education Association,
National Head Start Association, and the Iowa Department of Education, and
collaborated with the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.  Currently,
Cindy is leading professional development programs in preschools in New
York and Westchester County as part of EDC¹s on-going research on early
childhood science.

Jeff Winokur, EDC, is noted for his work in preschool and elementary
science education, consulting with school districts and early childhood
programs about their science professional development. Connecting science
and literacy as a way to deepen students¹ science understanding is a key
feature interwoven into his work.   Jeff is a coauther of the Young
Scientist teacher guides and a lead contributor to EDC¹s preschool Water,
Structures, and Nature professional development projects.

Holly Harrick, MA, Connecticut Science Center (CSC), leads the development
and delivery of professional development programs at CSC.  Over the years,
Holly has been a driving force in CSC¹s  professional development outreach
to Connecticut¹s teachers. Currently, in partnership with EDC, CSC will be
expanding their professional development portfolio to include preschool
teachers in physical science, life science, and engineering initiatives.



EMP National Career Workshop

Straight from the Boston EMP group, here’s an announcement of a great national event being held at our very own Tufts University Art Gallery.

EMP National Career Workshop

Wednesday, February 1st, 6:00-8:00

On February 1st, we’re excited to present our second national AAM-EMP Career event. The theme of this workshop is “Interviewing Tips”, and we’ll be exploring the interview process from both sides.

We’re thrilled to welcome guest speaker Mary Tetreau of Museum Search and Reference.

Make sure to bring copies of your resume and business cards!

Registration for this event is free for AAM members, and new members can sign up here:
This event will begin at 6:00 and is hosted by the Tufts University Art Gallery.

Tufts University Art Gallery
@ The Aidekman Arts Center
40 Talbot Ave.
Medford, MA 02155

AASLH Webinars: StEPs Program

First things first: What is StEPs?

StEPS stands for Standards and Excellence Program [for History Organizations]. It’s organized by those marvelous folks at the AASLH (that’s American Association for State and Local History, in case you’re in a post-holiday stupor). I’ll let them describe it in their own words:

StEPs is a voluntary assessment program for small- and mid-sized history organizations. The program, created by AASLH with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, encourages awareness and achievement of national standards. Organizations that enroll in this new self-paced, self-study program use assessment questions and performance indicators (Basic, Good, Better) to rate their policies and practices in six standards sections. Participating organizations can clearly identify their strengths and areas needing improvement, and begin taking steps to plan for positive change.

StEPs is extremely affordable – $150 for institutional members and $265 for non-members (and that increased fee covers the cost of a one-year institutional membership, bargain!).  With that membership, organizations receive materials and support designed to take them through the assessment process.

To go along with that affordability and accessibility, AASLH is also producing a great series of FREE webinars focusing on different topics. Two of them have gone by and the third is yet to come, but you can register for past webinars and watch recordings, and still get in on the action for the third.

Telling a Good Story (recorded November 17, 2011)
A good guided tour is a good story told well, says guest speaker Linda Norris. What can you do to transform a guided tour from a recitation of facts into a meaningful story that connects with visitors? It’s all about research, attitude, and a commitment to engaging visitors. What tools can you use? How can volunteer guides or docents become a part of the development process rather just a delivery system? What makes a good story and how do we show multiple perspectives? Join us to learn the basics of developing meaningful tours and to explore creative ways guides can connect with visitors who arrive at your site with many different interests.

Instructor: Linda Norris is a consultant who works with museums, historic sites, and communities on interpretation, strategic planning, and a variety of other topics. She also enjoys writing her popular blog, the Uncataloged Museum where she thinks, writes, debates, dreams, and wonders about museums and their place in the world. Linda was a Fulbright Scholar to Ukraine in 2009 and 2010 where her work has included teaching a course at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, developing workshops for museum colleagues throughout the country, and direct work with several museums.

StEPs Connection: This workshop may help institutions achieve the standards in the Audience and Interpretation sections of AASLH’s StEPs Program.


Creating Historic House Interpretive Plans that Connect
Originally broadcast December 8, 2011. Registration is now closed but will reopen as soon as the recording becomes available
Participation is free, but pre-registration is necessary
Creating engaging historic house interpretation that really connects with your audience begins with a solid understanding of your site’s important stories.Guest speaker Nancy Bryk will show you how to develop a research plan includingresearch on the historical characters who lived in the house, the important events that took place there, and changes in the site over time. She will discuss where and how to look for this information and then how to use worksheets to develop your interpretive plan based on that research.

Instructor: Nancy E. Villa Bryk served as Curator of Domestic Life at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan from 1981 through 2005. There, she researched, reinterpreted and reinstalled over a dozen buildings in Greenfield Village including R. Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion House, the D T &M Roundhouse, Firestone Farmhouse, Wright Brothers Home, Henry Ford Birthplace, Noah Webster’s House, Sarah Jordan Boardinghouse, and the Hermitage Slave Quarters. Nancy is now an Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation in Eastern Michigan University’s Graduate Program in Historic Preservation.

StEPs Connection: This workshop may help institutions achieve the standards in the Interpretation section of AASLH’s StEPs Program.


Redefining Audiences (Registration Now Open)
January 27, 2012
Time: 2-3:15 pm eastern
Participation is free, but pre-registration is necessary
Who is your current audience and how can you engage new ones? Our country is undergoing dramatic changes as Baby Boomers age, immigration shifts take place, and household incomes struggle to keep pace.Looking at the most recent U.S. Census, Susie Wilkening will discuss demographic change and the valuable ways in which your organization can use census data to think about current audiences, future audiences, and their motivations and constraints. We’ll explore:

  • How shifts in household composition may affect who you try to attract to your organization
  • How growth OR constraints in household income may affect your development efforts or your tourism base, and
  • How an aging population may mean boom times for history organizations . . . or not.

We’ll explore these trends and ideas, and much more, and discuss how history museums can effect change in their communities by understanding these important demographic shifts.

Instructor: Susie Wilkening is a Senior Consultant and Curator of Museum Audiences with Reach Advisors. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Susie worked for ten years in museums including tenures as the Executive Director of the Saratoga County Historical Society and Development Director of Historic Huguenot Street. Susie’s insights are featured frequently through her work as a speaker at leading museum conferences including AASLH. She is the lead author of Life Stages of the Museum Visitor and editor of the Museum Audience Insight blog.

StEPs Connection: This workshop may help institutions achieve the standards in the Audience section of AASLH’s StEPs Program.

So go, register, and watch the past webinars and look forward to the third! (If you’ve been lucky enough to hear Susie Wilkening speak in a Tufts class or read her work, then you know that time spent listening to her is well worth it.)

Free December Webinars

Wild Apricot, which makes online membership software, has a really great blog. Each month, they do a roundup of free online webinars. (I think I’ve mentioned them before. They do a really great job.)

Here’s this month’s.

Highlights include:

Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook

5 Trends in Technologoy that will Shape a New Reality for Nonprofits

How Strategic Public Relations Can Help Nonprofits Break Through the Media Clutter

How to Make Your Grant Proposal Stand Out from the Pack

Free e-Strategy for Your Nonprofit

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