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Educators (EdCom)

What is EDCOM?

EDCOM is a Standing Professional Committee 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 Donna.Merkt@sdstate.edu

    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

    MPMA EDCOM CHAIR | AAM EDCOM MOUNTAIN PLAINS REGION REP

    Kelly White
    Educator/Junior Docent Coordinator
    New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    kellyj.white@state.nm.us

    MPMA EDCOM CO-CHAIR

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

    IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

    Donna Merkt
    Director
    South Dakota Art Museum
    donna.merkt@sdstate.edu

    COLORADO REP.

    Are Interested? Email: mpmaedcom@gmail.com

    KANSAS REP.

    Nona Miller
    Curator of Education
    Smoky Hill Museum
    Salina, KS
    nona.miller@salina.org

    MONTANA REP.

    Lauren Hunley
    Community Historian
    Western Heritage Center
    Billings, MT
    lauren@ywhc.org

    NEBRASKA REP.

    Russanne Hoff
    Curator of Education
    Hastings Museum
    Hastings, Nebraska
    rhoff@hastingsmuseum.org

    NEW MEXICO REP.

    LuAnn Kilday
    Education Coordinator
    New Mexico Museum of Farm and Ranch Heritage
    LuAnnR.Kilday@state.nm.us

    NORTH DAKOTA REP.

    Interested? Email: mpmaedcom@gmail.com

    OKLAHOMA CO-REP

    Amanda Boehm-Garcia
    Director of Learning + Engagement
    Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
    Norman, OK
    aboehmgarcia@ou.edu

    OKLAHOMA CO-REP.

    Anna Studstill
    Director of Education
    Edmond Historical Society & Museum
    Edmond, OK 
    astudstill@edmondhistory.org

    SOUTH DAKOTA REP.

    Ronette Rumpca
    Curator of Interpretation
    South Dakota State Historical Society Museum
    Pierre, SD
    Ronette.Rumpca@state.sd.us

    TEXAS REP.

    Susan Rowe
    Heritage Education Program Manager
    Lubbock Lake Landmark/Museum of Texas Tech University
    Lubbock, TX
    susan.rowe@ttu.edu

    WYOMING REP.

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

    BOARD MEMBER AT LARGE

    Elena Baca
    Educator
    National Hispanic Cultural Center
    ElenaD.Baca@state.nm.us

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