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
Prepares and distributes regular correspondence to members and promotes opportunities to engage in EdCom activities and social media conversations.
|Timothy Rhue II, Chair |
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Washington, DC
|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
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
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
Rusanne Hoff, Chair Elect
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
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
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
Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement
Minnesota Historical Society