San Bernardino County Museum position highlights:
Working with colleagues to write and present standards-aligned, in-house museum programs, using interpretive methods and access to artifacts.
Working with colleagues to write and present standards-aligned programs in a variety of schools for the Museum’s Outreach Program, on science and history subject areas.
Working with colleagues to create and present programs for visiting families, including sleepovers at the museum, in a large range of subject areas.
Hosting and presenting public lectures on paleontology, biology, anthropology, physics, astronomy, history, and other subjects, at the museum and on field trips to scientifically and historically interesting areas.
Attending Museum Educator conferences on State Standards, and also working with curriculum specialists and teachers to develop standards alignments for each museum education program, as well as implementing the standards in the writing of new programs.
Creating and presenting one-day special events in partnership with other organizations. One example is organizing the exhibit of a flown space rocket nosecone at an IMAX cinema, and creating hands-on children’s space activities around it for a public science day.
As a member of the Marketing and Promotional Committee, writing brochures for the museum’s education programs for distribution to schools, creating press releases and flyers for museum activities, and designing promotional materials aimed at families.
Promotional work also included representing the museum at national teacher events, public fairs, and other events, presenting lectures, and using self-designed poster boards and live animals to promote museum attendance and awareness.
Meeting with the curriculum specialists of counties, school districts, and magnet schools, as well as teacher groups, to formulate how the museum’s educational programs could better serve the needs of more standards-focused teachers and students.
Developing teacher training programs in partnership with school district curriculum specialists and magnet school heads.
Museum liaison to and member of the Inland Empire Science Teachers Association, a chapter of the California Science Teachers Association, coordinating general science program promotion to teachers.
Creating a museum-school partnership with a local charter school, serving as an Adjunct Faculty Member to develop in-school and in-museum educational and internship opportunities for the students.
Working with county curriculum heads to aid teachers in designing web sites which serve as a local history resource.
Promoting the education section programs and the museum in general by appearing on local radio programs.
Serving on the development committee for upcoming exhibits, to ensure that they would be suitable for education opportunities with visiting groups.
Working on partnerships with local colleges for educational teleconferencing and Internet programs.
Attending grant-writing meetings and working in a focus group to implement a grant from the Irvine Foundation, to develop out-of-school programs for students under the Museum Youth Initiative.
Representing the museum as a judge for science projects fairs and history project fairs for both San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.
Presenting programs to the Civil Air Patrol as part of their Aerospace Education Program, for which I was awarded their “Outstanding Assistance” certificate.
Representing the museum at a county level to help create a County Department mission statement.