Member Spotlight:


William Elliston Manager 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. He attended Sarah Lawrence College as an undergraduate, has a background in genetics, and received his MS.Ed. from Bank Street College of Education. 
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. He is a contributor to 12 Museum Theorists at Play, a publication about educational theory and practice in museums, and worked as an adjunct professor at Bank Street College of Education. Currently, Bill works as the Education Manager at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Prospect Park Zoo and serves as a member on the board of trustees for the New York City Museum Educator's Roundtable (NYCMER).


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Educator Workshop: Best Practices for Cultural Programs Engaging People with Dementia

Where: CaringKind, The Heart of Alzheimer's Caregiving
360 Lexington Avenue 3rd Floor
New York, New York

When:4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Workshop Organizer: CaringKind and Museum Access Consortium

We estimate there are 250,000 people living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia in New York City. With this number increasing over the next few years, cultural institutions have a unique opportunity to combat the feelings of isolation through community building programs for this audience. This two-hour workshop will focus on best practices in engaging people with dementia and their caregivers. It will be grounded in New York’s unique population, the resources for deepening current programs and beginning new ones that serve diverse older New Yorkers. The workshop will include breakout sessions to discuss your ideas and barriers for these programs. Accommodations: Wheelchair accessible CART service available Assistive listening devices on request

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