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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
    Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation
    Simi Valley, CA 

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

    Megan Wood, Secretary
    Ohio History Connection
    Columbus, OH


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

    Heather Schneider, Chair
    Shedd Aquarium
    Chicago, IL

    Chair-Elect to be elected in 2018

    Annual Conference

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

    Mark Osterman, Chair 
    Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
    Miami, FL
    Chair-Elect to be elected in 2018

    Leadership Development and Awards

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

    Claudia Ocello, Chair
    Museum Partners Consulting
    Maplewood, NJ       

    Sarah Jenks, Chair-elect   
    Ford's Theater
    Washington, DC                                       


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

    Russanne Hoff, Chair Elect
    Hastings Museum
    Hastings, NE

    Chair-Elect to be elected in 2018

    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, Chair
    Mountain Top Vision, LLC
    Atlanta, Georgia

    Kyle Parsons, Chair-Elect
    Minnesota Historical Society
    Minneapolis, MN

    Professional Development

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

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

    Rebekah Harding, Chair-Elect
    Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation
    Simi Valley, CA

    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.

    Monica Montgomery, Museum Hue
    Chris Taylor, Minnesota Historical Society

    Museum Education Roundtable Representative

    Amanda Thompson Rundahl
    St. Louis Art Museum
    St. Louis, MO