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Museum Education

Learn about the Museum Education Division
See this introduction to find out about its structure, leadership, goals, activities, and how you can contribute.

2014 NAEA National Convention News
Plan your time and start connecting with other museum educators!
For your convenience, we are posting here convention sessions| PDF sponsored by the Museum Education Division and the registration list| PDF of preconference attendees.
⇒Visit Museum Preconference Microsite

Request for Planning Proposals: Research Initiative: Impact of Museum Programs on K–12 Students (IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE VIEWING THE PDF USING THE GOOGLE CHROME BROWSER, PLEASE USE A DIFFERENT BROWSER) The submission deadline has been extended from March 21, 2014. Planning proposals must be received by midnight EST on April 11, 2014. They should be submitted as a PDF and sent via email (subject heading: Impact of Museum Programs on K–12 Students) to:
⇒This PDF provides responses to all questions received from researchers during the formal inquiry period that closed on March 21: Project Updates and Public Q & A - March 26, 2014

• Learn about the Museum Education Peer-to-Peer Initiative and initiate a Google Hangout
Get together virtually with other art museum educators and members of our Division, discuss topics pertinent to our practice, and help each other advance our work. Visit the Google+ Page to view videos of past Hangouts and access a list of upcoming events, resources, and to share ideas with your colleagues.

NAEA Museum Division Peer to Peer Google+ Hangout: Museum Education Game Show, Friday, March 21, 2014, 1 PM EST
It’s been a long winter. It’s time to have some fun. Come to the first ever Museum Education Game Show, where we’ll quiz, guess and  play our way into some sweet prizes and out of the winter blues.  This is the last Hangout just before the Annual Convention in sunny San Diego!
Featuring your friendly host, Kris Wetterlund, Editor, Museum-Ed?
Interested in being a contestant?  Sign on to the Hangout a few minutes early.
Would you rather watch the fun? Log on at 1 PM EST.  

NAEA Museum Education Peer to Peer Initiative
NAEA members were inspired by the thought-provoking discussions that take place between colleagues at the NAEA Conference, and wanted to continue the rich colleague-to-colleague conversations throughout the year.  The Peers Initiative group was formed to find a platform for colleagues to continue sharing ideas and reflecting together.
Join or Watch a Live Hangout on Air
All of the 2013-2014 NAEA Museum Education Hangout on Airs are organized by the NAEA Museum Education Google+ Page
If you want to pose questions to the presenters, you must access the Hangout through Google+.  Log in to your account, then find the NAEA Google+ Page.  After the Hangout begins, type in your questions or comments—your voice is important!

Not available during the live event?  All Hangouts will be recorded and uploaded to the NAEA Museum Education Google+ Page.  Watch it at your own pace and timing.
Remember to add NAEA Museum Education Division page to your Circles so that you continue to see information and get invited to future events.  
Need more help? If you need more detailed instructions, head over to the Google Help Page for a step-by-step how-to with screen captures and videos.                                      
Questions? Have an idea for a future Google+ Hangout?  Contact the NAEA Museum Education Peer-to-Peer initiative team: Michelle Grohe | Chelsea Kelly | Juline Chevalier

• The NAEA Museum Education Division would like to thank all who participated in the Google+ Hangouts over the past few months. They are thrilled with the response so far, and would like to share some highlights of this initiative. Physically gathering to learn from each other is not always possible, and we all benefit from more frequent interactions with peers. Thus, the NAEA Museum Division charged a Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Initiative Team to develop a program. In November 2013, they kicked-off a series of Google+ Hangouts on Air as the first step to provide our Division’s membership with opportunities to connect via the web year-round. We evaluated the pilot this January.
P2P by the numbers:
• 7 hangouts featuring 32 presenters from 18 institutions between November 2013 and January 2014
• 180 followers NAEA Museum Education Division’s Google+ page
• As of February 1, 510 viewed hangouts live; total views: 655
• 93% of respondents would participate in a future Hangout

P2P team members served as technology hosts and advisors and often moderated sessions. This was crucial—half of those responding to surveys felt comfortable with the technology while the other half was uncomfortable or unsure. Hangouts on adult evening programs, teen programs, and Common Core Standards were the most popular. Respondents expressed interest in a mix of formats, including interactive discussions on books, articles, and learning theories, a well as best practices. Some noted how the medium allows us to include key audience voices, as was the case of the Teens Take Two session. There is potential to grow membership and community: 90 of respondents work in art museums but only 58% are members of NAEA. Overall, the P2P Google+ Hangouts hold great promise and I offer a big thanks to the other members of the P2P super team (Chelsea Kelly, Milwaukee Art Museum, and Juline Chevalier, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University) who made this initiative possible!

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 with questions or ideas for future Hangouts.

• You are invited to participate in the 2014 Museum Expo for K-12 Teachers, which will take place on Sunday, March 30 from 1:00-1:50 pm at the Hilton Hotel/Indigo Ballroom A and E/Level 2.  The Museum Expo is an opportunity for you to meet K-12 educators from across the country and to share information and resources from your institution.  It’s also a wonderful chance to meet colleagues who spearhead teacher programs and resources at other institutions and share ideas. This event draws approximately 200 K-12 art educators, and takes the form of a “museum fair,” with each museum represented at a table in a ballroom setting at the hotel. 

• 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,

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.

• View documentation of the 2013 Preconference

Museum Education Division – Research Initiative Update 3/8/13

• Museum Education Sessions at the 2013 NAEA National Convention
PDF | Word

• 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
Presentation Powerpoint  

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.

How NCLB has affected Museums and Galleries

Cultural Activities are Good for Your Health

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Museum Division Director
Jacqueline Terrassa
30 East End Ave., Apt 7D
New York, NY 10028

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