Writing a Session Proposal for InterActivity 2018
Wednesday, July 12 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Learn more about what's new about the InterActivity 2018 Call for Proposals. We discuss the conference theme, the new InterActivity Groupsite for connecting with presenters, revised proposal guidelines, the online session proposal form, the Program Committee review process, and more.
Victoria Garvin, Senior Director, Professional Development, ACM
Pam Hartley, Vice President, Play Initiatives, Marbles Kids Museum (InterActivity 2018 Host Museum)
Scot Sedley, Director of Business Intelligence, Stepping Stones Museum for Children (Co-Chair, InterActivity 2018 Program Committee)
Advocating on Issues that Matter to U.S. Children's Museums
Tuesday, June 27 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Every day seems to bring news from Washington, DC, that could affect U.S. children's museums. From this webinar, learn about proposed policies and how they might impact your museum. Also included, ways to advocate and resources from ACM and allied organizations.
Laura Huerta Migus, Executive Director, ACM
Jeannette Thomas, Senior Director, Development & Advocacy, ACM
Mike McHorney, Executive Director, Children's Museum of Eau Claire
Family Engagement in the Digital Age: Media Mentors and Museums
Thursday, March 16 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
A new 21st century role has emerged: the media mentor. Media mentors are guides to navigate the digital age, supporting children and families in their decisions around media use. Purchase the webinar recording and learn what this role entails and how children's museum staff are positioned to be media mentors for the children and families who visit. Presented by renowed technology in early childhood experts at the Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center:
Chip Donohue, PhD, Dean of Distance Learning & Continuing Education, Director of the TEC Center, Erikson Institute
Tamara Kaldor, Assistant Director of the TEC Center, Erikson Institute
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Funding Humanities for Kids
Tuesday, February 21 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has been a proud supporter of children's museums for many years. But what exactly are the humanities? And how can children's museums create robust humanities-based programming and write successful applications for NEH funding? In this webinar, hear from NEH staff on exciting grant opportunities and from staff at Boston Children's Museum, recent recipient of an NEH grant, with tips for writing successful proposals.
Peter Fristedt, PhD, Senior Program Officer, Division of Public Programs, NEH
Leslie Swartz, Senior Vice President of Research and Program Planning, Boston Children's Museum
Small Museums, Big Presence
Tuesday, January 31 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Best of InterActivity 2016
One of a museum's most valuable assets is its presence in the community. Learn from peers how three museums leveraged collaborations and tackled issues of limited resources, poor community standing, and visibility by working toward common goals with other organizations.
Audrey Dean, Executive Director, Kids 'N' Stuff Children's Museum
Caitlyn Jennings, Community Outreach Specialist, Children's Discovery Museum of the Golden Crescent
Kathy Parham, Executive Director, The Children's Playhouse
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Getting Dads in the Door
Monday, December 12 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Parent involvement is a key concern among children's museums, but that's only part of the story. How can chilren's museums encourage and support fathers in new ways? Over the past ten years, research shows that fathers have increased their involvement in their children's lives. Pediatrians Michael Yogman, MD, and Craig Garfied, MD will provide an overview of their recent clinical report on father involvement for the Academy of Pediatricians. Tim Porter at Boston Children's Museum will discuss opportunities to involve and support fathers in the museum visit and beyond.
Michael Yogman, MD, FAAP, Harvard Medical School and American Academy of Pediatrics;
Craig Garfield, MD, FAAP, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Tim Porter, Project Director, Boston Children's Museum
Inviting Whole Families to Play
Wednesday, November 30 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EST
Best of InterActivity 2016
It is often difficult for families with both typical kids and kids with special needs to find places where the whole family can play together. Children want to join their siblings, cousins, and friends with unique abilities, but co-play can be a challenge for families whose children (or adults) have diverse skill sets and levels of independence. Webinar speakers will discuss the efforts their organizations have made toward full-family inclusion—through mission, exhibit design, programming, or all three—to ensure that all kids in the family can play and learn, and that they can do it together. Through this webinar, learn strategies to expand your museum's reach and make an even greater impact on the full range of families in your community.
Alissa Rupp, AIA AP BD+C, President & CEO, The Portico Group
Kelley Fitzsimmons, Director of Education & Programs, Children's Museum of Phoenix
Melanie Martin, Early Childhood Specialist, Children's Museum of Phoenix
Tamara Kaldor, Assistant Director, TEC (Technology in Early Childhood) Center at Erikson Institute
Liz Bullard, Executive Director, Seattle Children's PlayGarden
Launching a Satellite Location: Is It Right for You?
Tuesday, October 25 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Michael Luria, Executive Director, Children's Museum Tucson/Oro Valley
Lucy Ofiesh, Executive Vice President, Brooklyn Children's Museum
Shannon Venable, President & CEO, Children's Museum of Richmond
Many children's museums have adopted the library approach to expansion: adding branches or satellite locations to expand the museum's reach, but what does it take to plan for success while spreading resources across multiple locations? A panel of children's museums with satellite locations discuss their decision making and planning processes as well as lessons learned.
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Fast and Flexible Evaluation Methods for Exhibits and Programs
Tuesday, August 30 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Susan Foutz, Director of Research and Evaluation, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Melissa Pederson, Exhibit Developer, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
This webinar demonstrates techniques for gathering useful data while engaging visitors. Learn how to select a technique that matches the project's evaluation
needs and place data collection within the larger framework of planning an evaluation. Highlighted methods include feedback walls, card sorts, sticker voting, fist-to-five, and two stars and a wish.
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Writing a Compelling Session Proposal for InterActivity 2017
Tuesday, June 28 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Michael Shanklin, Chief Executive Officer, Kidspace Children's Museum (the InterActivity 2017 host museum)
Vito Gioia, Jr., Co-Chair, InterActivity 2017 Program Committee, and Director of Visitor Experience, Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago,
Victoria Garvin, Association of Children's Museums
Explore the InterActivity 2017 conference theme—Fun is Serious Business—and get tips for writing a strong session proposal. You'll also learn more about how the Program Committee evaluates the proposals and what to expect when with a review of the process timeline.
Watch the webinar recording.
Preschool Science Learning: The Impact of PEEP and the Big Wide World
Tuesday, May 24 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Gay Mohrbacher, Educational Outreach Manager, WGBH Boston
Wendy Brenneman, Manager of Early Childhood STEM Initiatives, Carnegie Science Center
Kathy Kennedy, Early Childhood Coordinator, EcoTarium
Learn about the National Science Foundation-sponsored STEM series on public television, PEEP and the Big Wide World, and discover how museums are using its free, bilingual resources both onsite and in community outreach. Millions of English and Spanish-speaking families have embraced the TV show and this webinar will help your museum capitalize on the initiative.
Evaluation Basics: A Primer
Tuesday, April 19 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT
Sarah Cohn, Association Manager, Visitor Studies Association
Learn the basics of evaluation in museums, from the fundamentals of what, how, why, and when you might consider implementing an evaluation to the differences between evaluation and research. With plenty of time for questions and discussion, you will receive a list of online resources and supporting organizations and hear about how and where you might see evaluation in action at InterActivity 2016.
How Much Do We Know About Young Children and Technology? (And What Do We Need to Know?)
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT
Chip Donohue, PhD, Director, TEC (Technology in Early Childhood) Center at Erikson Institute and Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education at Erikson InstituteTamara Kaldor, Assistant Director, TEC Center at Erikson Institute
Understanding how children learn, grow, and develop is crucial for understanding how children learn from and interact with technology. Learn more about the roles played by physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development in children's interactions with technology. You'll hear the latest research and practical tips from the TEC Center team about how you can effectively integrate technology into your programming with children and families. Among the highlights: key "museum educator takeaways" aligned with the NAEYC-Fred Rogers Center position statement on technology and young children to aid in your planning and practice. The American Academy of Pediatrics will be releasing their new screen time guidelines this Fall and reshaping how we think about technology use with young children. Come ready to share your experiences in this highly interactive webinar. We will take a deep dive with Tamara and Chip for thirty minutes and then jump to a thirty-minute conversation and question-and-answer period.
This webinar is available to download for $15. To purchase, call ACM at 703.224.3100 with a credit card ready for payment.
New Museum Leader Meet and Greet
January 19, 2016
ACM Introduces the Eco Boys and Girls and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with Sustainable Development Solutions Network-Youth Webinar
November 23, 2015
Kathy Zhang, Communications Associate, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Maria Synder, Creator and Founder, Eco Boys and Girls®
Idea Exchange: Nuturing Social Skills Development in Children's Museums
November 3, 2015
Watch the webinar recording to learn more about prosocial skills and ideas for exhibits and programming that nuture these skills. The webinar conversation starters include: Kimberly Kuta Dring, Director of Learning and Experience at Stepping Stones Museum for Children, and Stephanie Eddleman, Early Childhood Specialist, Playscape, at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Share the recording and the slide deck with your colleagues.
How Much Do Early Social Skills Matter? (Hint: More Than We Thought.)
September 29, 2015
Watch the webinar recording and learn about about a new 20-year research project showing how early social skills impact children's well-being as they get older. Hear directly from the study team about what specific skills and factors matter most. The webinar includes examples of ways to apply the social competence research as well as answers to questions posed by attendees.
Study authors Damon Jones, PhD, and Max Crowley, PhD, from Pennsylvania State University and Kristin Schubert, Director of Strengthening Families program at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation who funded the study.
More information is available on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website.
ACM and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation encourages the children's museum field to share the study report, the webinar recording, and the webinar slide deck with your colleagues, teachers, parents, community partners, and funders.