Educators and Interpreters

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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:

Sarah Jencks, Chair (2016-2020)
Ford’s Theatre Society, Washington, D.C.

Megan Wood, Past Chair (2013-2020)
Ohio History Connection, Columbus, OH

Melanie Bowyer (2019-2021)
Monticello, Charlottesville, VA

Heather Bruegl (2020-2022)
Stockbridge Munsee Community, Bowler, WI

Amy Durbin, Secretary (2019-2021)
Marblehead Museum, Marblehead, MA

Jenn Edginton (2020-2022)
Kenosha Public Museums, Kenosha, WI

Mark Howell (2018-2020)
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Williamsburg, VA

Sarah Jencks (2016-2020)
Ford’s Theatre Society, Washington, D.C.

Sally Meyer (2020-2022)
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, VA

Nicole Moore (2016-2020)
National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, GA

Ani Simmons (2018-2020)
Frisco Heritage Museum, Frisco, TX

Tamar Smithers (2019-2021)
National Museum of African American Music, Nashville, TN

Jessica Waszak (2020-2022)
First Division Museum at Cantigny, Wheaton, IL

Matthew White (2020-2022)
Washington, D.C.

AASLH Staff Contact
Aja Bain

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)

Education Dive

Edutopia Integrated Studies

Excellence and Equity: Education and the Public Dimension of Museums

How History Class Divides Usby Stephen Sawchuk

iCivics teachers

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

Teaching Tolerance

Theories of Childhood, Second Edition: An Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget and Vygotsky by Carol Garhart Mooney

TPS Teachers Network

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

Academic Programs can refer to the Creating Faculty and Student Profiles Flyer to create profiles for people in their programs

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 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

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