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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.
• NAEA Museum Education Division’s Research Initiative, Impact of Museum Programs on K–12 Students Update. The NAEA Museum Education Division has recently made exciting progress towards the implementation of a large-scale impact study. As many of you know, this first major research project—a partnership between NAEA and the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) -- 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 are pleased to announce that The Samuel H. Kress Foundation has provided a generous grant award to NAEA, in cooperation with AAMD, to support the planning year for this impact study, which will begin on August 1, 2014. In addition, Kress will also dedicate its Summer Fellowship in Museum Education at the Clark Institute of Art to this project. Jacqueline Terrassa, NAEA Museum Education Director, will be in residence from July to mid-August researching literature from the arts, museum studies, youth development, and education fields to inform this national study. She will also begin to work with the research team selected for the planning year. The Museum Education Division looks forward to continued collaboration with our NAEA and AAMD colleagues and many other stakeholders on this important initiative. Additional progress updates will be posted this summer. In the meantime, please email comments of questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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.”
Summer 2014 Google Hangouts!
This summer/fall we’re offering a series of three “Reading Days” for the Peer to Peer Google Hangouts.
Tuesday, June 26, 2014, 6 PM EST
Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 6 PM EST
Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 6 PM EST
For our first session on June 26, join us and our art museum education colleagues to discuss the work of Maxine Greene.
We will focus on "Variations on a Blue Guitar". Additional writings by Greene are also available online.
Advance reading is not required but sure helps us stay on task! Please feel free to submit questions, topics, or specific passages for discussion in advance
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 email@example.com 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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