How can staff at museums learn new skills? Create better organizations? Test out new ways of thinking?
Museum colleagues can benefit from thoughtful, fast-paced and engaging professional development sessions.
Case study: In the winter of 2016, I spent two weeks facilitating workshops for museum colleagues in Latvia. In fun, fast-paced and provocative workshops I led the group through an exploration of topics that included Community Engagement, Family-Friendly Exhibitions, Developing a Great Tour, Visitor Voices in Museums and Creativity and Museum Practice. The chance to work with and learn from colleagues in a new country is always compelling and exciting. You can explore what kinds of great questions might be asked in an exhibit about the Soviet times here.
Case study: As a project manager for AASLH’s StEPs program, I coordinated the development of six curricula, webinars, provided train-the-trainer sessions for museum service organizations from coast to coast, and developed a webinar on Telling a Good Story. I believe that the most effective professional learning should uses both theory and skills, gives participants a chance to model new behaviors, and most of all, it should be informal and fun!
Here’s what one participant said: “I loved Linda's enthusiastic approach. You can tell she practices what she preaches. I also liked the various different approaches to story telling that she offered, and that she didn't just stick to the tour-guide format.”
To get your creative spirits fired up. try out the ten-word story challenge.
For more professional practice projects: Visitor Friendly Workshops for Ukrainian museums; Professional Development Seminars for Connecticut museums; The End of Powerpoint: Creating Great Conference sessions.