Hessian Education Policy

by Jesse Moyer on October 6, 2015

As Rick Hess would say, “Policy is a blunt tool that can make people do things, it just can’t make them do it well.”  While I agree with the blunt tool part, I believe policy can make people do things well.  The key?  Making sure good policy is grounded in good practice.



What’s your dream job?

by Guest Post on October 5, 2015

future-ed-jobsWhat job would you dream up for yourself? This is pretty hard question for me as I’ve always had a lot of different interests. Trying to narrow my focus while and thinking “why do I have to choose?” can make job searching tricky. Reading KnowledgWorks’ most recent publication, Exploring the Future Education Workforce: New Roles for an Expanding Learning Ecosystemprompted me to spend some time thinking about what my dream job of the future would be.

Since this is a huge topic, I used the seven roles already presented in the paper to set some parameters. Of course I also wanted to incorporate the qualities of a healthy learning ecosystem, “learner-centered, equitable, modular and interoperable, and resilient.” Ok, so where do I fit in? I enjoy connecting people with ideas, teaching, and most of all, using all the resources of museums to serve the public. After some reflection, I came up with a future role that I am calling a “Museum Learning Manager.” This position would be sort of a floating manager within the museum of all things ecosystem related.

My first priority would be to collaborate with students who have curriculum goals that the museum can meet. Interested in history? Let’s work in the archives. Love building stuff? Exhibition design is for you. A lover of language and writing? How about working on text labels, press releases, exhibition catalogues and social media? Independent with attention to detail? Collections care is for you. Enthusiastic people person? You belong in the development office.

I wouldn’t just find a place for them though; I would also fill a sort of supervisor/mentor role. I would meet with them often as they work on their projects, complete assignments, and achieve their goals. Benchmarks could be set with the students, their parents, and learning pathway designer. I would work with the competency tracker and learning naturalist to ensure they are getting the most out of their time at the museum. I would also serve as the liaison between the museum and the pop-up reality producer. Providing access to resources, space, content specialists, etc. as they create their next learning experience.

I love all of this personally, but it would also be great for museums and schools. What better way to train young people who might go on to pursue a career in museums? What a great opportunity to allow access to resources schools might not have, such as object collections and exhibit space. Many people don’t realize all the different types of jobs there are in museums until they are well on their way to some other career. With a system like this one, students can find areas they are passionate about and want to keep pursuing as adults. Another benefit of this system is that it breaks down the perception that museums are elitist. By being a small part of a larger learning ecosystem, museums can know and be known by their communities and stakeholders.

What’s most exciting is that some of the activities above are already happening. The National Association of Museum Schools is working toward engaging, experiential learning for students through partnerships between museums and schools. I recommend reading Laney Tillner’s two posts on the Center for the Future of Museums for a bite-sized look into the world of museum schools. It is so exciting to read about students working in museums to meet their educational goals!

This is what excites me about the future of education. What about you?



Adrienne Turnbull-Reilly is a museum educator living and working in Dorchester, MA. She got her Masters in Anthropology and Museum Studies from the University of Denver. She sits on the Greater Boston Museum Educator Roundtable planning committee, as well as serving as the Emerging Museum Professionals chair. She is interested in museum education, museums as agents of change, and quality education for all. Read her blog at cabinetsandcuriosity.squarespace.com.



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by Kate Westrich October 1, 2015
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I came to education by way of pediatric healthcare. When I started working at the medical center out of college, it was in the midst of a movement towards family-centered care (for the very young patients) and patient-centered care (for the adolescent and teen patients). Watching the medical providers around me transform the way they […]

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by Cris Charbonneau September 28, 2015
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Another school system banned Snapchat, a popular photo-sharing app, from the school’s Wi-Fi networks. That decision lit-up twitter as students complained, whined and begged for the decision to be reversed. They even started an online petition. Not quite sure what Snapchat is? Some schools and teachers characterize the app as a distraction – a teacher’s […]

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Missed our Personalized Learning webinar? Check this out.

by Mary Kenkel September 25, 2015

Throughout the past two years, KnowledgeWorks has interviewed and visited more than 30 school districts, organizations and state education agencies throughout the country. In talking to educators, administrators and state leaders, our policy team noticed that they all pretty much said the same thing: Personalized learning is the best way to educate students. Most of […]

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Watch a Preview of Our Next Forecast!

by Katherine Prince September 18, 2015

In November, KnowledgeWorks will be releasing our fourth full forecast on the future of learning, “Education in the Era of Partners in Code.” Many long conversations and rounds of editing go into getting the content just right, and we’re nearly there. In the meantime, we’ve created our first video trailer previewing the changes that we […]

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