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Beyond Surveys: Creative Methods for Data Collection in Children's Museums

Tuesday, October 30 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT

Best of InterActivity 2018 Webinar
Children's museums are lively, engaging, and experiential. Surveys can feel lifeless, mundane, and commonplace. This webinar will demonstrate how data collectors can capitalize on visitors' expectation that their museum experience will be full of playful activities. Discover out-of-the-box evaluation methods that match the personality of the museum including card-sorts, magnetic mind-mapping, voting buckets, sticker charts, and talk-back paper chains. 

Speakers
Aubrey Henriksen, Evaluation Coordinator, Creative Discovery Museum
Melissa Pederson, Exhibit Developer, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Kari Ross Nelson, Research and Evaluation Specialist, Thanksgiving Point Institute 

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Stating Your Case: Budgeting for Development Offices

Monday, November 26 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EST

Despite the frequent edict to raise more money, under-investing in your fundraising operations can ultimately hurt your efforts—and your bottom line. How do your determine your ROI? Join this webinar to learn about effective planning for your development team and the critical data required to evaluate your fundraising effectiveness and metrics. How do you build a budget for revenue growth? How do you set goals, gauge operations, and accurately measure the results of your development activity? Find answers to these questions, and more!

Speaker
Jennifer Harris, PhD, Senior Vice President, Graham-Pelton Consulting

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Exploring Parent and Caregiver Perceptions of Learning in Children's Museums

Tuesday, December 18 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EST

Best of InterActivity 2018 Webinar
Speakers will share the findings from the third study conducted by the Children's Museum Research Network. The study explored how parents and caregivers perceive learning in a children's museum context. Case studies of efforts to engage parents and caregivers. Connections to previous studies on play will be discussed. 

Speakers
Nicole Rivera, EdD, Associate Professor of Psychology, North Central College
Barbara Hahn, Vice President, Learning Innovation, Minnesota Children's Museum
Kari Ross Nelson, Research and Evaluation Specialist, Thanksgiving Point Institute

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Developing a Kindergarten-Readiness Program for Your Community's Dual Language Learners

Wednesday, January 23 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT

Long Island Children's Museum has been assisting immigrant families of dual-language learners prepare to enter the U.S. school system for 12 years. The museum recently developed multi-language, online toolkits both for parents of children entering kindergarten and to assist other organizations looking to help families in their communities. Attend the webinar and learn how the museum's experience has shape the tools and resources offered in the toolkits aimed at organizations and the families they support. Plus, get some inside tips about how to source funding to generate a program of your own. 

Speakers
Jeanmarie Walsh Mansfield, Associate Director of Education, Long Island Children's Museum
Gina Contaldi, Associate Director of Development, Long Island Children's Museum

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Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner: Giving Infants the Spotlight

Wednesday, January 30 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT

Best of InterActivity 2018 Webinar
In the early years of our field, many children's museums and science centers catered to children ages two and up, if not older. More recently, museums have seen tremendous growth in attendance by families with infants and toddlers. At the same time, child development research has yielded a wealth of information about early brain development and the importance of sensory-rich experiences during the first three years. Speakers will share innovative strategies to strengthen engagement with families with infants and toddlers, including programming, exhibits, professional development, evaluation, and a free membership program open to all first-time parents and their infants.

Speakers
Kia Karlen, Director of Education, Madison Children's Museum
Alli Leake, Director of Early Childhood Education, Discovery Museum
Becki Kipling, Manager, Early Childhood Development & Education, Museum of Science, Boston
Heather Davis, Early Learning Manager, Madison Children's Museum
Victoria Fiordalis, Educator, Sciencenter

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