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• Learn about the Museum Education Division
See this introduction to find out about its structure, leadership, goals, activities, and how you can contribute.
• Seeking Demonstrators for NAEA 2015 Gallery Teaching Sessions
As art museum educators, teaching is at the core of our work yet we infrequently share and reflect with colleagues on our goals, pedagogies, and assessments. At the 2015 NAEA Annual Conference in New Orleans, join art museum education colleagues for a participatory series of consecutive sessions exploring gallery teaching practices. These conference sessions are scheduled back to back on Friday, March 29 from 11 AM to 1:50 PM. Join us for one, two, or all three, and share some of your teaching practices—this is a fun, quick way to share your innovative work. Each conference session will feature two teaching demonstrations, followed by moderated group reflection and discussion.
Session 1: Intergenerational Audiences, 11:00-11:50 AM, moderated by Amy Kirschke
Art museums are increasingly marketing themselves as family-friendly destinations where all ages are invited to engage with art at their given life stage. Intergenerational programs for families, homeschools, and community groups are facilitated by museum educators eager to teach and inspire both youth and adult learners who gather together in their gallery programs. This session explores a variety of teaching strategies and activities that support group interaction, personal connections and the shared experience of meaning making across generations. Afterwards, participants will reflect on these teaching examples and discuss implications for their own teaching through facilitated group discussions.
Session 2: Addressing the Standards, 12:00-12:50 PM, moderated by Michelle Grohe
Recently revised Common Core State Standards and the updated Visual Arts and Media Standards emphasize skill development, particularly the ability to problem-solve through increasingly complex texts, problems, and curricula. How has the roll-out of these revised standards impacted teaching in the art museum for K-12 audiences? Are we clearly communicating our teaching goals? What measurements gauge if our teaching meets the standards? Through interactive exploration, art museum educators will share a few examples of gallery teaching with K-12 audiences that also address various learning standards. Afterwards, participants will reflect with peers on these teaching examples and discuss implications for their own teaching.
Session 3: Pushing the Boundaries, 1:00-1:50 PM, moderated by Jenn DePrizio
The future of art museum education lies in our ability to adapt and respond to the shifting needs of varied audiences. This is particularly relevant as we consider ways to engage adults in gallery experiences that satisfy a desire for both content and participation. Addressing emerging issues of experimentation, risk-taking and creativity in gallery teaching, this session will offer an opportunity to consider how we can push the boundaries for adult audiences. Through interactive exploration, art museum educators will share a few examples of gallery teaching that falls outside of the traditional formats. Afterwards, participants will reflect on these teaching examples and discuss implications for their own teaching through facilitated group discussions.
Again, 2 teaching demonstrations will be shared in each session. If you are interested in participating, please add your contact information and brief description of your teaching technique on this google document by Friday, January 30, 2015. We will follow up with selected participants in early February 2015. Please feel free to contact Jenn DePrizio at email@example.com with any questions.
Thank you and we look forward to sharing teaching techniques and exchanging ideas in person at the NAEA 2015 Annual Convention with colleagues soon.
• 29th Annual NAEA Museum Education Preconference: Museum Educators - Leading Together
Registration for the 29th Annual NAEA Museum Education Preconference: Museum Educators - Leading Together is now open! For more information on the 2015 Museum Education Division Preconference and a link to register, please click here. COST: $87 Member, $111 Non-Member, $67 NAEA Student Member. QUESTIONS? Please contact Emily Holtrop at Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org or 513.639.2879.
• NAEA-AAMD Research Study Update: Impact of Art Museum Programs on K–12 Students. The NAEA Museum Education Division and its partner, the Association of Art Museum Directors, continue to make progress towards the implementation of a large-scale impact study. This major research project seeks to better understand and identify the value that art museum education brings to student learning within the formal, K–12 American school system. We hope to build on and significantly amplify the limited prior research that exists about the impact of art museum programs on participants. Our goal is to explore, at a large scale, how engaging directly with original works of art within the distinctive physical and social setting of art museums and through constructivist pedagogies, might lead to or heighten a range of student outcomes. The Samuel H. Kress Foundation has provided a generous grant award to support the planning year for this impact study, which began on August 1, 2014. NAEA and AAMD are now working closely with Randi Korn & Associates to design the study during this planning year. Kress also supported a Summer Fellowship in Museum Education at the Clark Institute of Art to advance the project. Jacqueline Terrassa, NAEA Museum Education Director, was residence from July to mid-August researching literature from the arts, museum studies, arts policy, youth development, and education fields to inform this national study. On October 3, Andy Finch from AAMD and a group of museum educators gathered in New York to begin to hone aspects of the study. In mid-November, art museums around the country will receive a survey, which will help us identify prevalent practices in single-visit school programs at art museums. The Museum Education Division looks forward to continued collaboration with our NAEA and AAMD colleagues and many other stakeholders on this important initiative. We will continue to post updates as the project advances.
⇒Read a full white paper on the NAEA Museum Education Research Initiative and this study. ()
⇒Email comments of questions to email@example.com.
• NAEA Museum Education Peer to Peer (P2P) Initiative – Google Hangouts
NAEA members were inspired by the thought-provoking discussions that take place between colleagues at the NAEA National Convention, and wanted to continue the rich colleague-to-colleague conversations throughout the year—both in person and online.
Launched in 2011, the P2P Initiative Task Force organizes opportunities for art museum education colleagues—regardless of your experience level, program area, or size of institution—to share ideas and reflect together online via Google+ Hangouts. All Peer to Peer Initiative activities are announced and archived on our Google+ Page.
What is a Google Hangout?
It’s a chance to see and chat with colleagues online for free! It’s a little like an on-line video conference. We find it works best when 4 or 5 folks use video and audio to lead the discussion. An unlimited number of people can watch, listen, and type questions for everyone to see via the Q + A app.
Curious about future events? Add the NAEA Museum Education Division to your Google+ circles for updates and schedule of upcoming Hangouts!
Wondering what a Hangout looks like? All past Hangouts have been archived on our Google+ page
Join us for monthly (bi-monthly in the summer) interactive conversations via Google+ Hangouts on Air, organized by the Peer to Peer Task Force:
Michelle Grohe | Chelsea Kelly | Juline Chevalier
Ten Hangouts have taken place since November 2013, exploring topics such as adult evening programs, teens talking with each other about museums, Common Core State Standards, and our very own Museum Education Game Show! Look for our programs via Facebook, Twitter and Google+ tagged with #MusEdPeers. Participants have said:
“…these are a great way for continuing professional development and staying connected in the field, especially as the sole educator at my museum.”
“I appreciated how easy it was to ask questions and participate and how many thoughtful and talented voices were heard.”
2015 Google Hangouts!
The Peer2Peer (P2P) initiative has formed a working group with more than ten members to continue the project of using the Google + Hangouts platform to share ideas in an informal and conversational format.
For the 2014-2015 academic year, Hangouts will happen on the second Wednesday of each month at 1 PM EST/10 AM PST.
To watch a Hangout live, find it on the NAEA Museum Education Division’s Google + page or check the schedule here. Hangouts are also archived on the G+ page and on YouTube.
This project is strengthened by your ideas and input, so we hope you add your voice to the conversation. Anyone is welcome to propose a topic, and we are also excited to try out new formats for presentations to go beyond “show and tell.”
Please contact Juline Chevalier, julineAchevalier@gmail.com with ideas for topics or formats.
All Hangouts are on Wednesdays, 1 PM EST/ 10 AM PST
Jan. 14 - Training Staff and Volunteers to Lead Inquiry-Based Gallery Experiences Reading Resources & Virtual Book Swap
Feb. 11 - Early Childhood Education in Museums
March 11 – Taking Risks in Gallery Teaching
April 8 – Teaching the Teaching Artist
May 13 - Wellness Programs in Museums
June 10 – Research and Evaluation
Connect in Person
Looking for a way to network face to face? Meet up with colleagues and share ideas informally. At the 2014 NAEA Annual Convention, we organized a Happy Hour after the first day of conference sessions and over 75 members attended! Stay tuned for information on the 2015 NAEA National Convention in New Orleans, LA.
The Peer to Peer Initiative will continue through 1-2 Hangouts each month. Further information is available on the Museum Education Division Google+ Page. And be sure to bookmark this page for tips on participating in the Hangouts. Feel free to email Michelle Grohe, Director Of School And Teacher Programs, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or ideas for future Hangouts.
• You may have already seen the recently-released NEA report on arts participation, "How a Nation Engages with Art: Highlights from the 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts." This is the nation’s largest population survey of arts participation trends. The NEA has partnered with the United States Census Bureau six times since 1982 to conduct the SPPA. The 2012 survey asked a nationally representative sample of adults ages 18 and older if they had participated in five broad categories of arts activity in the past year: attending, reading, learning, making/sharing art, and consuming art via electronic media. The 2012 was broader than past years, including a greater number of questions and a broader sample of Americans.
You may download this document on the NEA's website, http://arts.gov/news/2013/national-endowment-arts-presents-highlights-2012-survey-public-participation-arts
The NEA has issued a related call for proposals to encourage researchers to mine the data of the survey. The deadline is coming up--November 5. Guidelines are available online:
• The Educational Value of Field Trips. Need to make the case for a field trip to an art museum? Researchers from the University of Arkansas, in partnership with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, have conducted the first large-scale randomized controlled trial demonstrating the benefits students receive from visiting an art museum. Because the researchers randomly determined which students could visit the museum during the first year of operation (the treatment group) and which students would have their tour deferred (the control group), the researchers are able to isolate the causal effects of visiting the museum.
The researchers examined nearly 11,000 students, roughly half of which had been selected "by lottery" to visit the museum. They found that students selected to visit the museum are able to recall school visit themes at very high rates, demonstrate stronger critical thinking skills, display higher tolerance, exhibit greater historical empathy, and develop a taste for art museums and cultural institutions. Moreover, the benefits are generally much larger for disadvantaged students (minority, low-income, rural schools). Art and cultural institutions have important measurable effects on students, especially when those students are reliant on their schools to provide culturally enriching experiences.
In addition, the researchers conducted a second study looking at the effects of field trips to the Walton Arts Center, a performing arts theater. The Walton Arts Center study looked at the cumulative effect of culturally enriching field trips through 7th grade. It also examined whether field trips to see live performance would produce benefits similar to those from tours of an art museum. They found a very similar pattern of results as those from the Crystal Bridges study. They also found that these benefits compounded and endured over many years.
• Keynote for NAEA Museum Division Awards Luncheon
2011 NAEA National Convention, Seattle, Washington, March 18, 2011
"Art Museums and 21st Century Skills"
Marsha L. Semmel, Deputy Director for Museums and Director for Strategic Partnerships
Institute of Museum and Library Services
• NAEA MUSEUM RESOURCES
Art museums provide a wide array of web-based resources for K-12 teachers. These include lesson plans, timelines, searchable databases, image banks, video clips of artists and scholars speaking about works of art, access to behind the scenes images of exhibition installations, podcasts of lectures, interactive games, special teacher blogs, free subscriptions to e-resources, and much more.
Click here for a list of resources from forty-five art museums across the country, organized alphabetically by museum. Additional museum listings will be added periodically.
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