Member Spotlight:

William

William Elliston Curator of Education / Prospect Park Zoo Wildlife Conservation Society

Bill is an experienced science educator and team leader, having worked at many leading education organizations including the Brooklyn Children's Museum, the ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center, and the American Museum of Natural History. His early experiences growing up in the Ohio countryside fostered an enduring connection to ecology, conservation, and the natural world. 
 
Bill has developed curriculum for fieldwork and classroom learning, conducted multiple research and evaluation projects for science-education institutions, has a background in general interpretation, strategic planning, and successfully managed multiple teams of educators to inspire a love of science and commitment to stewardship in people of all ages.Currently, Bill works as the Curator of the Education Dpt at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Prospect Park Zoo.

 

Learn more about the field of museum education and how to start or advance your career with these links and resources.

Professional Organizations & Communities

 

EdCom

http://www.edcom.org/
A part of the American Association of Museums, The Standing Professional Committee on Education (EdCom) advances the purpose of museums as places of lifelong learning, serves as an advocate for diverse audiences and educators, and promotes professional standards and excellence in the practice of museum education.

 

GEM Group for Education in Museums
http://www.gem.org.uk/
They “promote the importance of learning through museums, galleries and other cultural organizations.” They are based in the UK, but have members around the world.

 

InformalScience.org
http://www.informalscience.org/
“InformalScience.org is a growing online community site that strives to support knowledge-sharing, collaboration and the growth of innovation among diverse professionals in the field of informal science education. The site seeks to connect research, practice and evaluation work to a living collection of informal learning projects.” It is part of University of Pittsburgh's Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments (UPCLOSE).

 

Media and Technology Committee
http://www.mediaandtechnology.org/
The Media and Technology Committee is a Standing Professional Committee of the American Association of Museums. Their mission is to identify, access, and advocate a broad variety of program uses for media and technology in helping museum professionals meet the needs of their diverse publics.

 

Museum Education Roundtable
http://museumeducation.info/
Formed in 1969, the Museum Education Roundtable fosters professionalism among museum educators across the United States by encouraging leadership, scholarship and research in museum- based learning. MER publishes the Journal of Museum Education 

Resources for Job-Seekers

Resume and Cover Letter-Writing at the University of Virginia’s Career Center http://www.career.virginia.edu/students/handouts/writing_resumes.pdf
http://www.career.virginia.edu/students/handouts/coverletters.pdf

Power Words for Resumes
http://www.rockportinstitute.com/powerwords.html

Books about Museum Careers

Museum Careers: A Practical Guide for Students and Novices
By N. Elizabeth Schlatter

Formal Training Programs

A Smithsonian Directory of Training Programs in Museum Studies, Historic Preservation, Public History and Nonprofit Managementhttp://museumstudies.si.edu/TrainDirect.htm#n