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Educators (EdCom)

What is EDCOM?

EDCOM is a Professional Interest Network of the Mountain-Plains Museums Association.

MISSION

Our mission is to provide a network for those in the MPMA region who work with or are interested in informal museum education.  As a regional affiliate, MPMA EdCom embraces American Alliance of Museums’ Education Professional Network’s mission to advance the purpose of museums as places of lifelong learning, serve as an advocate for diverse audiences and educators, and promote professional standards and excellence in the practice of museum education.

HOW TO JOIN

MPMA Members: Please sign in and go to your profile.  You can edit your profile and choose this PIN and/or any of the other PINs that you wish to join from a checkbox list in your profile.

Non-Members: Please fill out the PIN Sign-up Form and you will be added to this MPMA PIN.

BENEFITS OF JOINING

EDCOM supports members by providing enrichment opportunities both regionally and nationally.

  • Build a professional network by connecting you with colleagues both virtually and in-person
  • Advance your skills through professional development including webinars, online meet-up, and conference sessions
  • Keep up-to-date on best practices within the informal learning field
  • Offer mentoring/mentee opportunities

    GET INVOLVED

    We are currently looking for State Reps to be a part of the MPMA EdCom Leadership Team.  As a State Rep, you will have the opportunity to:

    • Write a blog post once a year
    • Communicate with other educators in your state
    • Promote engagement prior to and during the Annual Conference
    • Shape the future of EdCom within the MPMA region

    Please contact us if you or somebody you know would like to get more involved in EDCOM.

    Contact: EDCOM Chair Donna Merkt at dlmerkt@mgmoa.org

    Social Media Links 

    We have a Facebook group!  Join us to learn more about what is going on around the region and within the museum education field in general.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/MPMAEdCom/?ref=bookmarks

    News and Events

    EDCOM is your source for the latest in informal museum education within the region and around the globe.

    Awards

    EDCOM Award for Programming Excellence.  This award (winner announced at the annual conference) recognizes exemplary creativity in museum educational programming in the MPMA region.

    Resources

    EDCOM provides links to online resources and encourages members to provide expert opinion and review of current scholarship, journals, and books in the field.

    American Alliance of Museums EdCom

    Council for Environmental Education

    Family Learning Forum

    Museum 2.0

    Museum Education Roundtable

    NAAEE – North American Association of Environmental Education

    Smithsonian Institution Office of Policy and Analysis

    The Uncatalogued Museum

    The Wallace Foundation

    Leadership List

    Donna Merkt, EdCom chair
    dlmerkt@mgmoa.org

    MPMA REGIONAL REP.
    Donna Merkt, Curator of Education
    Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art
    Shawnee, OK
    dlmerkt@mgmoa.org

    COLORADO REP.
    Savannah Reeves, Education Programs Associate
    Molly Brown House Museum
    Denver, CO 
    savannahrreeves@gmail.com

    KANSAS REP.
    Nona Miller, Curator of Education
    Smoky Hill Museum
    Salina, KS

    nona.miller@salina.org

    MONTANA REP.
    Interested? Email: mpmaedcom@gmail.com

    NEBRASKA REP.
    Sarah Feit, Volunteer and Adult Programs Coordinator
    University of Nebraska State Museum
    Lincoln, NE
    sfeit2@unl.edu

    NEW MEXICO REP.
    Alyssa Ashbacher, Exhibit Coordinator
    Hubbard Museum of the American West
    Ruidoso Down, NM 
    ashbacher@unmalumni.com

    NORTH DAKOTA REP.
    Interested? Email: mpmaedcom@gmail.com

    OKLAHOMA REP.
    Jayne Detten, Assistant Director
    Marland Estate and Marland’s Grand Home
    Ponca City, OK 
    dettejc@poncacityok.gov

    SOUTH DAKOTA REP.
    Dr. Deborah Check Reeves, Curator of Education
    National Music Museum, University of South Dakota
    Vermillion, SD
    deborah.reeves@usd.edu

    TEXAS REP.
    Joshua Maxwell,
    Curator of Education
    Wichita Falls Museum of Art

    Wichita Falls, TX

    Joshua.maxwell@mwsu.edu

    WYOMING REP.
    Jennifer Romanski, Museum Educator
    Johnson County Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum
    Buffalo, WY
    educator@jimgatchell.com

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