The Educators and Interpreters Community
AASLH’s Educators & Interpreters Community addresses the needs of educators and interpreters in history museums and history organizations as they seek to increase appreciation of community history.
The Educators and Interpreters Community is committed to helping paid and unpaid history professionals create quality educational programming and experiences. By promoting best practices, sharing resources, and providing opportunities to network, the community creates a foundation upon which all professionals can build and grow as they explore museum and informal learning, educational theory, and interpretive techniques.
The Educators & Interpreters Committee primary goals are to:
- Seek out and promote quality education and interpretation content for AASLH Annual Meetings, webinars, workshops, and resources.
- Promote education and interpretation best practices by using AASLH resources, including publications, books, and Technical Leaflets.
- Provide opportunities for networking and resource sharing through the use of social media and posts on the AASLH blog.
Educators and Interpreters Committee
The AASLH Educators and Interpreters Affinity Community is led by the following committee:
Sarah Jencks, Chair (Oct. 2020-Sept. 2022)
Ford’s Theatre Society, Washington, D.C.
Megan Wood, Past Chair (2013-2021)
Ohio History Connection, Columbus, OH
Matthew Blazek (Oct. 2020-Sept. 2022)
History Live! North East
Melanie Bowyer (Oct. 2019-Sept. 2022)
Monticello, Charlottesville, VA
Heather Bruegl (Oct. 2020-Sept. 2021)
Forge Project, Taghkanic, NY
Rich Cooper (Oct. 2020-Sept. 2022)
Conner Prairie, Fishers, IN
Amy Durbin, Secretary (Oct. 2019-Sept. 2021)
The George Washington Foundation, Fredericksburg, VA
Jenn Edginton (Oct. 2019-Sept. 2021)
Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
Mark Howell (Oct. 2020-Sept. 2022)
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Williamsburg, VA
Sally Meyer (Oct. 2019-Sept. 2021)
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, VA
Nicole Moore (Oct. 2016-Sept. 2022)
National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, GA
Ariel Peasley (Oct. 2020-Sept. 2022)
Coos History Museum & Maritime Collection, Coos Bay, OR
Ani Simmons (Oct. 2020-Sept. 2022)
Frisco Heritage Museum, Frisco, TX
Tamar Smithers (Oct. 2019-Sept. 2021)
National Museum of African American Music, Nashville, TN
AASLH Staff Contact
Educators and Interpreters Forum
Looking for a way to connect with Educators and Interpreters colleagues across the country? The Educators and Interpreters Affinity Community discussion forum is a place where history practitioners can ask questions, share advice, and stay up-to-date with their peers. Please click the “Join the Community” button above to be directed to the AASLH Community Center to get involved with the Educators and Interpreters Affinity Community or click here.
Recent E&I publications from AASLH:
Learning from Museums (2nd ed.)
By John H. Falk and Lynn D. Dierking
101 Museum Programs Under $100: Proven Programs that Work on a Shoestring Budget
By Lauren E. Hunley
Performing History: How to Research, Write, Act, and Coach Historical Performances
By Ann E. Birney and Joyce M. Thierer
The Museum Educator’s Manual: Educators Share Successful Techniques (2nd ed.)
By Anna Johnson, Kimberly A. Huber, Nancy Cutler, Melissa Bingmann, and Tim Grove
Other education and interpretation resources:
@MuseumEdChat Twitter chat Thursdays, 8-9pm. Follow at #MuseumEdChat.
Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums
C3 Teachers Blog
DOCS Teach (National Archives)
Edutopia Integrated Studies
Excellence and Equity: Education and the Public Dimension of Museums
How History Class Divides Usby Stephen Sawchuk
Journal of Interpretation Research
Know Your Own Bone
Museum Education Roundtable
Smithsonian Institution’s For Educators
Stanford History Education Group
Teacher Twitter chats and hashtags: #sschat, #ssengchat, #histedchat, #historylearning, #edtech, #edtechchat
Theories of Childhood, Second Edition: An Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget and Vygotsky by Carol Garhart Mooney
TPS Teachers Network