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Wednesday, September 13, 2023, 3:30pm ET
Join ACM and the Association of Science & Technology Centers (ASTC) to learn about the NSF-funded Cambio program and how to apply for its final cohort. This brief webinar will include application tips and a live Q+A. Applications will be open from September 6 until November 1, 2023.
Cambio—meaning “change”—is a yearlong program that aims to advance equity starting with museums’ capacity to support Latinx participation in STEM. This funded professional development experience is led by the Exploratorium and CCLI (Cultural Competence Learning Institute), a collaborative partnership between ACM, ASTC, the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose, and the Garibay Group. Visit CambioExperience.org to learn more.
Monday, July 17, 2023, 3:00 ET
The 2023 ACM-ASTC Workforce Survey Report is a collaborative data collection initiative to help the museum field understand overarching workforce trends in a dynamic world and is one of the most comprehensive sources of information on staffing and compensation in the museum field. Attend this webinar for a walk through the data and its application at your museum.
Thursday, June 22, 2023, 2:00 ET
The research teams at ACM and Knology discussed the new ACM Trends Data Hub, an online dashboard that will allow museums to access their own data, compare their museum to field-wide averages, and benchmark their museum to other museums of similar scale or location throughout the U.S. The data is pulled from U.S. Internal Revenue Form 990 (Form 990) and self-reported data from museums. The data can be viewed through operational groups related to attendance, income, expenses, and staff. This comparative data will support future forecasting and highlight trends in children’s museums of the same scale and service. Watch the recording. See also the report, Understanding National Averages.
Wednesday, June 7, 2023, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. EDT
Watch this webinar recording for tips on writing a compelling session proposal, plus, learn how the Program Committee rates and selects proposals for inclusion in the conference, and what attendees want most from sessions. InterActivity session proposal submission deadline: July 31.
Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. EDT
To serve your military community well, you must first determine their needs, tailor programs to fill gaps in services, and then measure your effectiveness. Join us to hear about and discuss important steps in these processes. Greentrike (Children’s Museum of Tacoma) highlight what they’ve learned about military families in their work to open and pilot programs at the Children’s Museum at Joint Base Lewis McChord, the first children’s museum on a U.S. military installation. An evaluation tool and companion guidebook developed specifically for these purposes will also be shared. Download the webinar recording.
Kimberly McKenney, Planning & Evaluation Director, Greentrike
Yve Susskind, PhD, Lead Evaluator, Praxis Associates
Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. EDT
ACM members and non-members alike are invited to submit a session proposal for InterActivity 2023, April 26-28 in New Orleans, hosted by the Louisiana Children’s Museum. Join this webinar for tips on writing a compelling session proposal, how the Program Committee rates and selects proposals for inclusion in the conference, and what attendees want most from sessions. Download the webinar recording.
Victoria Garvin, Sr. Director, Professional Development, ACM
Lauren Clay, Interim CEO, Louisiana Children’s Museum
Roxane Hill, Executive Director, The Regnier Family Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City
Thursday, July 28, 2022, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. EDT
Encore presentation of the highly acclaimed InterActivity 2022 session with initial findings from the interPLAY project, an National Science Foundation-funded project, included a draft framework with emerging characteristics of playful STEM exhibit engagement for young children (ages 3-8). Attendees were prompted to give feedback and share their experiences as the project team continues to refine the framework.
Jennifer Rehkamp, Director, Research, Association of Children’s Museum
Kelly Hoke, Researcher, The STEM Research Center, Oregon State University
Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. EDT
Are you prepared? Learn what you need to know about creating an emergency and disaster plan—or ensuring that your existing plan is current and inclusive of a range of possible situations. Join the Association of Science and Technology Centers, the Association of Children’s Museums, experts from the museum community, and relevant Federal agencies for this informational session about preparing your facility and staff for emergency situations.
Friday, June 24, 2022, 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. EDT
As children’s museum professionals, we have an opportunity to support families and children experiencing trauma and stress through our exhibitions and programming, and to foster long-term social-emotional learning (SEL), kindness, collaboration, healing, love, and resilience in our kids and our communities.
In this webinar/community forum from the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), you will be inspired to take action with activities and programs you can do in your own organization. Hear about XOXO: An Exhibition about Love and Forgiveness from Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, as well as programming (both facilitated and unfacilitated) the Children’s Creativity Museum has developed to accompany this exhibition. Speakers from both museums will provide you with elements you can use for free and share research-based practices to provide the best outcomes for your visitors.
The webinar will conclude with time to hear from you about the needs in your museum and community. How can ACM help you as you serve your children, families, and communities in this moment?
Keni Sturgeon, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Association of Children’s Museums (Moderator)
Anne Fullenkamp, Senior Director, Center for Creative Experiences, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Carol Tang, PhD, Executive Director, Children’s Creativity Museum and Board Member, Association of Children’s Museums
Katie Todd, Director of Learning and Research, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. EST
Don’t miss this upcoming ACM webinar on March 30, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. EST. Learn from two innovative partnerships: the Utica Children’s Museum and ICAN are creating a Family Resource Center which will serve as a hub for learning, wellness, connectedness, and fun in one location, and Second Story and Beyond® that will be a full-fledged children’s museum within a city library where the storylines and exhibits grow out of literacy and book themes, as well as being purposefully designed to incorporate multiple themes changed throughout the year. Each partnership is greater than the sum of its parts. Can you use these funding models to do the same?
Barbara Punt, Punt Consulting Group
Donna Migliaccio, Utica Children’s Museum
Steve Bulger, ICAN
Julie Sowles, Rancho Cucamonga Public Library
Wess Garcia, Rancho Cucamonga Public Library
Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET
Join this webinar to learn more about the new Museums for Digital Learning (MDL), a unique platform that provides K-12 educators with access to museum content-based resources for use in and outside the classroom. MDL was developed by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Field Museum, and History Colorado. MDL enables museums to share their content in the form of digital educational resources (called “Resource Kits“). MDL is eager to welcome more museums to join and contribute their content. Broaden your museum’s reach by leveraging content developed during the pandemic.
Melissa de Bie, Director of Collections Access | Senior Registrar, History Colorado