Building the Vibrant Learning Grid: A New Educational Era

The American Alliance of Museums invites you to explore a future in which museums are crucial part of every child's landscape.

about-title America is on the cusp of transformational change in its “P-12” educational system. The coming era will be characterized by new learning economies based on diverse methods of sharing and using educational resources. In this future, the most vibrant innovations in education will take place outside traditional schools. This site is dedicated to exploring the role museums, libraries, archives and other cultural institutions play in this new era. It collects and shares cutting edge content from across the web, and invites you to contribute your ideas, visions, hope and fears as well. Use this as your portal to the future of learning.

Changing Educational Paradigm

In this talk from RSA Animate, Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we are educating our children, and champions a radical rethinking of our schools. ..

Department of Education, Office of Technology Resources

National Technology Education Plan The National Education Technology Plan is the flagship educational technology policy document for the United ..

KnowledgeWorks Resources

KnowledgeWorks is a social enterprise dedicated to developing the capacity of communities and educators to imagine, build and sustain vibrant ..

On the Horizon

This paper, co-authored by CFM director Elizabeth Merritt and Scott Kratz, vice president for education at the National Building Museum, provides ..

On Museums and the Future of Education

In this keynote address, delivered at Museums Advocacy Day 2013, CFM director Elizabeth Merritt makes the case that we are on the cusp of transformative ..

The Great Unbundling

  Academic Credentials Go Micro: Will Museums and Formal Education Converge? Twenty years from now, résumés may look quite different than ..

A New Educational Era

As formal learning methods are cast in doubt, the learning landscape is reinvented. We see signs that the U.S. is nearing the end of an era in formal ..

Building the Future of Education: Museums and the Learning Ecosystem

This report summarizes the content and shares ideas coming out of a convening organized in September, 2013 by the Alliance and The Henry Ford. ..

This website is an important tool for imagining alternative models for the future of education. We are excited to share important resources, showcase promising stories from our Education “Future Fiction” Challenge, and officially launch our call for the Ford W. Bell Fellow.

Museums play a remarkable role in helping to facilitate learning in communities throughout this country every day. For many student learners, museums and the educators who work with them help to spark moments of thoughtful engagement that are passion-based, deeply creative, and substantive.


Educational Blog Feeds

Washington Post

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Campaign K-12

School choice advocates are generally pleased that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has [...]

Holton, whose husband, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, is Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinto [...]

The U.S. Department of Education Tuesday released a blueprint to help states and districts make the [...]

Before a watch party in Las Vegas for the Sept. 26 presidential debate, students on a nearby high sc [...]

Education Futures Emerging Trends And Technologies In K-12

According to numerous sources, America is experiencing a nationwide teacher shortage that will undou [...]

Sustained educational change will never occur until we as a country decide that enough is enough and [...]

Contrary to popular belief, DNA is not a child's destiny. IQ is not fixed. Cognitive skills can [...]

So how can colleges step up their game when it comes to closing the achievement gap? [...]

Art Museum Teaching

Written by Chelsea Emelie Kelly, Park Avenue Armory How can you be sure the programs you create will [...]

Written by Mike Murawski Throughout this summer, I have been thinking quite a bit about how museums [...]

Written by Elizabeth Williams, Yale University Art Gallery What does good museum teaching look like? [...]

Written by Meg Davis, Explorable Places I get to help lots of families and schools discover great mu [...]

Museum Questions

This week, I am thinking about marketing museum programs. Museums generally have a variety of progra [...]

This guest post is adapted from a conversation with Kristin Vannatta, Operations Manager at the Peor [...]

This guest post is by Claudia Ocello, President & CEO of Museum Partners Consulting, LLC. Claudi [...]

Like many children’s museums, the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum has a “maker” exhibit, where ch [...]


If you follow me on social media, I’m positive you are sick of hearing about the County Fair. Over t [...]

The first time I walked onto the 5th floor of SLA was August of 2008 with Chris Lehmann on a …Contin [...]

I was fortunate to be a conversation leader, an active attendee and support staff for the 9th conven [...]

I miss the working with kids. While I am infinitely entertained by my 7 nieces and nephews, they tir [...]

Mosaic Education Network

I often discuss current events with my 10-year-old. He listens to NPR with me on the way to school ( [...]

If you believe certain privileges of some marginalized persons equates to all who share their identi [...]

Arguably, managing destructive narratives of race and gender in media such as the Nina Simone biopic [...]

  Get Your Creative Control. Piper Kerman, author of the memoir “Orange is the New Black: My Year in [...]

Object Oriented

This episode of Object Oriented is about what new digital learning initiatives we’ve been working on [...]

This episode of Object Oriented recaps our experiences at the Museums and the Web (MWXX) conference. [...]

Object Oriented – Episode 3 – Making in Museums This episode of Object Oriented explores the idea of [...]

Object Oriented – Episode 2 – Games-based Learning in Museum Education This episode of Object Orient [...]

Mind Shift

Outlining exactly what students need to know to get a good grade can get in the way of genuine learn [...]

Gender and ethnic disparities persist in computer science fields, but one San Diego school district [...]

Students who experienced trauma found the ability to calm themselves and become ready to learn after [...]

Arizona College Prep Principal Charlene Mendoza describes a book published in 1938 that helped her u [...]

Art History Teaching Resources

When I began teaching as a graduate student, it was in New York, and the resources of the city were [...]

[Editors’ note: In August, Karen and Parme attended the Arts in Society Conference, an interdiscipli [...]

Its that time again! Fall semester and all of the delights and headaches that entails. What we’ve be [...]

A message for the AHTR Community–contribute to the AHTR Weekly blog in the upcoming academic year! S [...]