Educators and Interpreters
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.
The Educators and Interpreters Affinity Community is led by the following committee:
Megan Wood, Chair (2013-2019)
Ohio History Connection, Columbus, OH
Anna Altschwager (2017-2021)
Wisconsin Historical Society, Eagle, WI
Melanie Bowyer (2019-2021)
Monticello, Charlottesville, VA
Chris DiGiovanni (2019-2021)
Old Capitol Museum, Jackson, MS
Amy Durbin, Secretary (2019-2021)
Marblehead Museum, Marblehead, MA
Mark Howell (2018-2020)
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Williamsburg, VA
Sarah Jencks (2016-2020)
Ford’s Theatre Society, Washington, D.C.
Nicole Moore (2016-2020)
The Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, GA
Ani Simmons (2018-2020)
City of Frisco, Frisco, TX
Tamar Smithers (2019-2021)
National Museum of African American Music, Nashville, TN
Bridgitt Zielke (2017-2021)
Kohler Foundation, Kohler, WI
- Keep up with education and interpretation blogs on the AASLH blog.
- Browse education and interpretation resources in the AASLH Resource Center.
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.
How History Class Divides Usby Stephen Sawchuk
Smithsonian Institution’s For Educators
Teacher Twitter chats and hashtags: #sschat, #ssengchat, #histedchat, #historylearning, #edtech, #edtechchat
How to Join AASLH Affinity Communities
Can I join an AASLH affinity community using my current account?
Everyone will need an individual AASLH account to join one of the communities. This includes active AASLH individual members, those who have staff accounts at active institutional members, academic student and faculty accounts at active Academic programs, and even nonmember accounts.
Institutional members, including partners, must create staff profiles for their employees, volunteers, and board members if you want them to be able to join and participate in AASLH communities. There is no charge for creating staff profiles and no cap on how many staff profiles can be attached to your institution.
Please refer to the Creating Staff Members Flyer for information on how to add these profiles http://download.aaslh.org/Creating+Staff+Profiles.pdf.
Academic Programs can refer to the Creating Faculty and Student Profiles Flyer to create profiles for people in their programs http://download.aaslh.org/Creating+Faculty+and+Student+Profiles.pdf.
Lapsed AASLH members or people who have never had an AASLH account are welcome to create a nonmember account from the Membership Center page. There is no charge for creating a nonmember account.
Signing in to the AASLH Membership Center
To sign in to your individual account, go to https://aaslh.site-ym.com/login.aspx to login to the Membership Center. Links to reset your password or join AASLH are also available at that page. If you do not remember your username please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once logged in, choose the Communities tab to navigate to the community you would like to join. There is no limit to how many Affinity Communities you join. A community showing 0 registered members will still have members, this message appears because AASLH does not share members’ contact information with other members in the Membership Center.
To join the group, select Join Group at the top of the page. You will then be able to participate in the forum discussions. Even if you do not plan on participating in the forums, we recommend you join the Community so you don’t miss out on important community announcements
AASLH workshop, Creating Programs for Teachers and Students June 24-25, Austin, TX