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The American Alliance of Museums' Education Professional Network (EdCom) advances the purpose of museums as places of lifelong learning, serves as an advocate for diverse audiences and educators, and promotes professional standards and excellence in the practice of museum education.

EdCom’s strategic agenda focuses on defining, fostering and celebrating best practices in museum education, as well as investigating, articulating and provoking next practices.

EdCom does this by:

  • Sponsoring national awards for excellence in museum education
  • Conceiving and implementing professional development opportunities at the AAM annual meeting and beyond
  • Providing access to the most up-to-date information about the informal learning field and the profession
  • Offering networking opportunities for those engaged in fostering the educational purposes of museums

Get involved in EdCom by volunteering to serve on a committee!


    EdCom recognizes outstanding museum educators and supporters, programs and resources that exemplify excellence.


    EdCom is organized by the sub-committees led by the following board members, along with a dedicated team of volunteers.

    Tony Pennay, Chair
    Director, Annenberg Presidential Learning Center, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation
    Simi Valley, CA 
    Sarah Jesse, Immediate Past Chair
    Associate Vice President of Education
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art
    Los Angeles, CA
    Megan Wood, Secretary
    Director of Museum and Library Services
    Ohio History Connection
    Columbus, OH


    Prepares and distributes regular correspondence to members and promotes opportunities to engage in EdCom activities and social media conversations.

    Timothy Rhue II, Chair
    Space Telescope Science Institute
    Baltimore, MD
    Rachel Parham, Chair Elect


    Reviews and recommends content for the annual conference and organizes networking events.

    Jason Porter, Chair
    Museum of Man
    San Diego, CA
    Mark Osterman, Chair Elect
    Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
    Miami, FL

    Leadership Development and Awards

    Orients leadership, recruits and maintains volunteers, and coordinates and recruits solicitations for the EdCom awards.

    Claudia Ocello, Chair Elect
    Museum Partners Consulting
    Maplewood, NJ

    Chair Elect to be elected in 2017


    Welcomes new members with information about the network and offerings and serves as a liaison to the regional and state representatives.

    Niki Stewart, Chair
    Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
    Bentonville, AR

    Russanne Hoff, Chair Elect
    Hastings Museum
    Hastings, NE

    Museum Education Issues

    Addresses areas of special concern to the field of museum education through identifying new resources and organizing professional development programs, including the Marketplace of Ideas.

    Dina Bailey, Interim Chair
    Mountain Top Vision, LLC
    Atlanta, Georgia

    Professional Development

    Conceptualizes and implements professional development programs and coordinates and recruits solicitations for the EdCom awards.

    Sheri Levinsky-Raskin, Chair Elect
    Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
    New York, NY

    National Associates

    These advocates are appointed by the Chair to help keep EdCom’s thinking relevant, ambitious and broad, acknowledging the educational work within museums outside of formal education departments.

    Chris Taylor,
    National Associate Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement
    Minnesota Historical Society
    Minneapolis, MN