Educators and Interpreters

The Educators and Interpreters Community

AASLH’s Educators & Interpreters Community addresses the needs of educators and interpreters in history museums and history organizations as they seek to increase appreciation of community history.

The Educators and Interpreters Community is committed to helping paid and unpaid history professionals create quality educational programming and experiences. By promoting best practices, sharing resources, and providing opportunities to network, the community creates a foundation upon which all professionals can build and grow as they explore museum and informal learning, educational theory, and interpretive techniques.

The Educators & Interpreters Committee primary goals are to:

  • Seek out and promote quality education and interpretation content for AASLH Annual Meetings, webinars, workshops, and resources.
  • Promote education and interpretation best practices by using AASLH resources, including publications, books, and Technical Leaflets.
  • Provide opportunities for networking and resource sharing through the use of social media and posts on the AASLH blog.

Educators and Interpreters Committee

Sally Meyer, Chair (Oct. 2023- Sept. 2025)
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Williamsburg, VA

Samantha Alberts (Oct. 2021-Sept. 2023)
San Diego History Center, San Diego, CA

René A. Ballesteros (Oct. 2022-Sept. 2024)
Latinos in Heritage Conservation, Edinburg, TX

Matthew Blazek (Oct. 2020-Sept. 2024)
History Live! North East, Union, ME

Heather Bruegl (Oct. 2020-Sept. 2023)
The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI

Chris Cook (Oct. 2022-Sept. 2024)
Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, LA

Rich Cooper (Oct. 2020-Sept. 2024)
Levine Museum of the New South, Charlotte, NC

Bethany Hrachovec (Oct. 2022-Sept. 2024)
Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, IN

Melanie Holland (Oct. 2019-Sept. 2022)
Monticello, Charlottesville, VA

Samantha Hunter-Gibbs (Oct. 2022-Sept. 2024)
White House Historical Association, Washington, D.C.

Meredith Leonard (Oct. 2021-Sept. 2025)
Hamilton Civic Museums, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Michele Longo (Oct. 2022-Sept. 2024)
Office of Historic Alexandria, VA

William Lopez (Oct. 2023-Sept. 2025)
Brinton Museum, Bighorn, WY

Carla Mello (Oct. 2021-Sept. 2025)
Ohio History Connection, Columbus, OH

Elisabeth Nevins (Oct. 2021-Sept. 2025)
Seed Education Consulting, Boston, MA

AASLH Staff Contact
Aja Bain

Connect with educators and interpreters across the country who are working in history organizations with the AASLH Educators and Interpreters Google Group. Ask questions, share resources, and stay in touch with the field. To join, access the Google Group and click the Ask to Join Group button.

Recent E&I publications from AASLH:

Learning from Museums (2nd ed.)
By John H. Falk and Lynn D. Dierking

101 Museum Programs Under $100: Proven Programs that Work on a Shoestring Budget
By Lauren E. Hunley

Performing History: How to Research, Write, Act, and Coach Historical Performances
By Ann E. Birney and Joyce M. Thierer

The Museum Educator’s Manual: Educators Share Successful Techniques (2nd ed.)
By Anna Johnson, Kimberly A. Huber, Nancy Cutler, Melissa Bingmann, and Tim Grove

Other education and interpretation resources:

@MuseumEdChat Twitter chat Thursdays, 8-9pm. Follow at #MuseumEdChat.

Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums

C3 Teachers Blog

DOCS Teach (National Archives)

Education Dive

Edutopia Integrated Studies

Excellence and Equity: Education and the Public Dimension of Museums

How History Class Divides Us by Stephen Sawchuk

iCivics teachers

Journal of Interpretation Research

Know Your Own Bone

Museum Education Roundtable

Smithsonian Institution’s For Educators

Stanford History Education Group

Teacher Twitter chats and hashtags: #sschat, #ssengchat, #histedchat, #historylearning, #edtech, #edtechchat

Learning for Justice

Theories of Childhood, Second Edition: An Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget and Vygotsky by Carol Garhart Mooney

TPS Teachers Network