Previous Webinars

Capturing Childhood: Visual Storytelling in Your Museum

Tuesday, September 18 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT

Best of InterActivity 2018 Webinar
Whether you are new to visual storytelling of love to share photos on Facebook and Instagram, museum professionals of all abilities can learn how to showcase visitor experiences using photography and videography. In this webinar you'll get quick tips and tricks for creating compelling photos and videos that capture children exploring and learning through museum exhibits and programs. Presenters will also discuss how visual storytelling can be used to reach first-time visitors, museum regulars, and potential donors. Download the webinar recording. Request the slides from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Speakers
Lindsay McMurtray, Digital Media Manager, Mississippi Children's Museum
Kimber Kuhl, Marketing and Communications Manager, Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
Alexandra Pafilis Silverstein, Director of Early Learning Initiatives, Child Development Specialist, Chicago Children's Museum 

Applying for the Cultural Competence Learning Institute (CCLI)

Thursday, September 13 • 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. EDT

Are you interested in learning how your museum can increase its organizational capacity around diversity, inclusion, and culture? Join us for a 45-minute webinar about applying for the Cultural Competence Learning Institute (CCLI), a national partnership between Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, Association of Children’s Museums, Association of Science-Technology Centers, and Garibay Group. Apply to this year’s cohort to participate in a yearlong professional development process and gain access to CCLI resources around cultural competence and diversity. 

Speaker
Jenni Martin, Director of Education & Programs, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose 

Play Is...Recent Research Findings and Their Application

Tuesday, August 28 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT

Best of InterActivity 2018 Webinar
The second study conducted by the Children's Museum Research Network (CMRN) focused on play, looking at definitions of play, types of play, characteristics of play, and measuring play, among other dimensions. Join CMRN participants for this webinar in which they reprise the InterActivity 2018 session. Learn how to incorporate the research findings on play into your institution's practices. Download the webinar recording and request the webinar slides from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Speakers
Stephen Ashton, PhD, Director of Audience Research and Development,Thanksgiving Point Institute
Alix Tonsgard, Early Learning Specialist, DuPage Children's Museum
Melissa Swank, Community Health and Program Evaluation Manager, The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum
Janella Watson, Associate Director, Providence Children's Museum 

Making Connections: Broadening Cultural Representation in the Museum and Making Experiences

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Science Museum of Minnesota staff will share results of their three-year project funded by the National Science Foundation. Learn how the museum used listening and making to more authentically engage with family groups who identified as people of African descent, Hmong, American Indian, and Latinx. Project staff will share museum, staff, and participant level learning and impacts. Watch the webinar recording and learn more on the project padlet

Speakers
Robby Callahan Schreiber, Museum Access & Equity Director, Science Museum of Minnesota
Rich Pennington, Interim Internship Manager, Science Museum of Minnesota
Marjorie Bequette, Director, Evaluation & Research in Learning, Science Museum of Minnesota

School Readiness: Harnessing the Collective Power of Museums, Libraries, and Other Early Learning Systems

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT

Learn how the regional hub model developed by Boston Children's Museum can be established in your community. Presenters share materials, successes, challenges, and lessons learned since the project began in 2016. Watch the webinar recording. Request the slides, The Family Tinker Kit: Everyday Tools for Play and Learning Guide, and tinker kit sourcing list from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Speakers
Kathryn Jones, Senior Director, Community Engagement, Boston Children's Museum
Stephanie Young, Director, Woods Memorial Library

Writing an InterActivity 2019 Session Proposal

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT

Get tips and coaching about writing a session proposal for InterActivity 2019. We'll discuss the conference theme, the InterActivity Groupsite for connecting with presenters, the online session proposal form, and the Program Committee review process. Watch the webinar recording and download the presentation slides

Speakers
Dené Mosier, Executive Director, Kansas Children's Discovery Center; Co-Chair, InterActivity 2018/2019 Program Committee
Scot Sedley, Director of Business Intelligence, Stepping Stones Museum for Children; Co-Chair, InterActivity 2018/2019 Program Committee
Gretchen Kerr, Chief Operating Officer, Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus (InterActivity 2019 Host Museum) ; InterActivity 2018/2019 Program Committee Member

Cultivating and Engaging Donors: Transitioning from Transactional to Personalized

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Whether you are the CEO or a museum educator working directly with families, it's critical to understand your role in philanthropy for the museum's benefit. Getting to know your donors changes the trajectory of fundraising effectiveness and outcomes. But how to be authentic? How to engage in meaningful ways? Where to start? This webinar will explore the topic and offer tips and tools on how to make your fundraising efforts more personal and less transactional. Download the webinar recording and request the webinar slides from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Speaker
Jennifer Harris, PhD, Senior Vice President, Graham-Pelton Consulting

So, What Do They Really Want? A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Grant Making at IMLS

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

It's not too early to start thinking about a fall submission! Get tips on where to focus your efforts, ways to save time, and maximize your chances of success. Download the webinar recording.

Speakers
Helen Wechsler, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist, Institute of Museum and Library Services
Reagan Moore, Museum Program Officer, Institute of Museum and Library Services

Cooking with The Creative Kitchen

Thursday, April 12, 2018 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

The Creative Kitchen teaches children about food and how to cook in a fun, safe, and educational manner. The Everybody Can Cook curriculum goes beyond recipes to share how educators can bring hands-on cooking classes to children of various physical and developmental abilities, ages two and up, and foster a positive relationship between children and food. Download the webinar recording and request the webinar slides from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Speaker
Cricket Azima, The Creative Kitchen

The Rules of Engagement—Why Stewardship Matters for Long-Term Support

Monday, March 26, 2018 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

This webinar details the Why, What, Where, and When of stewardship. Take away principles of meaningful and effective stewardship and well as ready-to-implement ideas to build an effective stewardship program. Download the webinar recording and request the webinar slides from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Speakers
Alex Senchak, Vice President, Graham-Pelton Consulting
Jennifer Harris, Senior Vice President, Graham-Pelton Consulting

Unleash the Creative Potential at Your Museum

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Research demonstrates that creativity is developed through experience. Pulling from the academic fields of education, psychology, and neuroscience, the Bay Area Discovery Museum's Center for Childhood Creativity has developed the CREATE Framework, a unique pedagogical framework that outlines how educators can build children's creative problem-solving through intentional experiences. Learn more about this framework and how it can be applied to any program at your museum. Download the webinar recording and request the webinar slides from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Speakers
Helen Hadani, PhD, Head of Research, Center for Childhood Creativity
Amy Eisenmann, Early Education Advisor, Bay Area Discovery Museum/Center for Childhood Creativity

Starting Small: Launching a Museum and University Partnership

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Best of InterActivity 2017: Many museum professionals want to collaborate with university researchers, and vice versa. But how do you start, especially if you work at a small, mid-sized, or newer museum? How do you ensure that the partnership is mutually beneficial? Join this webinar to learn replicable strategies from a partnership between the Children's Museum Tucson and the University of Arizona. Take-aways include possible first steps for developing such collaborations. Download the webinar recording and request the resources from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Speakers
Cecile McKee, PhD, Research, Discovery, and Innovation Professor, Linguistics Department, University of Arizona
Autumn Rentmeester, Director of Development and Operations, Children's Museum Tucson/Oro Valley

Moving from Nice to Necessary: Social Justice Work in Children's Museums

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Best of InterActivity 2017: Take a look at the fundamentals of social justice, why it's important in children's museums, and come away with tools to analyze and transform your own practice. Listen to the webinar recording and request the Resource List and webinar slides from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Speakers
Alicia Greene, Community Engagement Program Developer, Boston Children's Museum
Jennifer Alexander, Executive and Creative Director, Kidcity Children's Museum
Akemi Chayama, Japan Program Manager, Boston Chilren's Museum

Measuring Our Social Impact

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

It has become increasingly important for informal learning institutions to demonstrate the impact they have within their communities. Learn new practices for measuring social impact, including measurement how-tos, simple research methods, and working with partners, policymakers, funders, and other key stakeholders. Download the webinar recording.

Speakers
Stephen Ashton, PhD, Director of Audience Research and Development, Thanksgiving Point
Kari Ross Nelson, Research and Evaluation, Thanksgiving Point

Plum Landing: Bringing Free STEM Environmental Resources to Children's Museums

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Learn about the National Science Foundation-funded, PBS KIDS STEM digital project, Plum Landing, which inspires six to nine-year olds to get outside and explore the environment. Plus, ways museums have begun to introduce Plum into their programming. Download the webinar recording.

Speaker
Brianne Keith, Outreach Manager, WGBH/Boston

Creating Spaces to Foster Creativity and Innovation

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Museum professionals want to provide opportunities for visitors to be innovative and creative, but how can spaces be designed that are both functional and inspiring? This webinar focuses on the elements of successful creative environments that foster innovation yet are practical for those working in and managing the spaces. Download the webinar recording.

Speaker
Tricia Edwards, Head of Education, Smithsonian's Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation

What's the Buzz about Learning Frameworks? Findings from the Children's Museum Research Network

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

The buzz continues about learning frameworks and their power to provide a cohesive underpinning for a museum's educational work. Presenters provide an overview of the Research Network study on learning frameworks, definitions, examples, and how learning frameworks are being used in the museum setting. 

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Speakers
Nicole Rivera, EdD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, North Central College
Susan Foutz, Director of Research and Evaluation, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Alix Tonsgard, Early Childhood Specialist, DuPage Children's Museum

ACM Trends Reports

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Dig into ACM's new Trends Reports and learn how to use them, and what's on the horizon. Subscribe or purchase the reports individually.

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Speakers
Jennifer Rehkamp, Director, Field Services, ACM
John Fraser, PhD, AIA, President & CEO, New Knowledge Ltd.
Nicole LaMarca, Researcher, New Knowledge Ltd.

Writing a Session Proposal for InterActivity 2018

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 • 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.

Speakers
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)

Download the webinar recording and slide deck. For more information, visit the Call for Session Proposals webpage.

Advocating on Issues that Matter to U.S. Children's Museums

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 • 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.

Speakers
Laura Huerta Migus, Executive Director, ACM
Jeannette Thomas, Senior Director, Development & Advocacy, ACM
Mike McHorney, Executive Director, Children's Museum of Eau Claire

Download the webinar recording. The webinar slides and resource list are available in the ACM Member Resource Library. For access, contact ACM Membership.

Family Engagement in the Digital Age: Media Mentors and Museums

Thursday, March 16, 2017 • 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:

Speakers
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, 2017 • 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. 

Speakers
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

Watch the webinar recording. The webinar slides are available in the ACM Member Resource Library. For access contact ACM Membership.  

Small Museums, Big Presence

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 • 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.

Speakers
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, 2016 • 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.

Speakers
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

Watch the webinar recording and read Tim Porter's blog, The Power of Play, especially his Dadding entries.

Inviting Whole Families to Play

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 • 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.

Speakers
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

Watch the webinar recording and download the Resource List.

Launching a Satellite Location: Is It Right for You?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Speakers
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, 2016 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Speakers
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, 2016 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Speakers
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.

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Preschool Science Learning: The Impact of PEEP and the Big Wide World

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Speakers
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.

Watch the webinar recording (webinar begins at about 16.0) and download the resource list.

Evaluation Basics: A Primer

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT

Speaker
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.

Watch the webinar recording and download the resources list.

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

Speakers
Chip Donohue, PhD, Director, TEC (Technology in Early Childhood) Center at Erikson Institute and Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education at Erikson Institute
Tamara 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

Members, if you missed this virtual meet and greet and wish to welcome a new museum CEO in your region, let us know and we'll connect you. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


ACM Introduces the Eco Boys and Girls and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with Sustainable Development Solutions Network-Youth Webinar

November 23, 2015

Watch the webinar recording to learn about the Eco Boys and Girls & SDGs Program. Visit theACM webpage to join the movement and tap into resources for your museum.

Speakers
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.

Speakers
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.

Learn More
More information is available on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website.

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