Educators (EdCom)

What is EDCOM?

EDCOM is a Professional Interest Network of the Mountain-Plains Museums Association.


Our mission is to provide a network for those in the MPMA region who work with or are interested in informal museum education.  As a regional affiliate, MPMA EdCom embraces American Alliance of Museums’ Education Professional Network’s mission to advance the purpose of museums as places of lifelong learning, serve as an advocate for diverse audiences and educators, and promote professional standards and excellence in the practice of museum education.


MPMA Members: Please sign in and go to your profile.  You can edit your profile and choose this PIN and/or any of the other PINs that you wish to join from a checkbox list in your profile.

Non-Members: Please fill out the PIN Sign-up Form and you will be added to this MPMA PIN.


EDCOM supports members by providing enrichment opportunities both regionally and nationally.

  • Build a professional network by connecting you with colleagues both virtually and in-person
  • Advance your skills through professional development including webinars, online meet-up, and conference sessions
  • Keep up-to-date on best practices within the informal learning field
  • Offer mentoring/mentee opportunities


    We are currently looking for State Reps to be a part of the MPMA EdCom Leadership Team.  As a State Rep, you will have the opportunity to:

    • Write a blog post once a year
    • Communicate with other educators in your state
    • Promote engagement prior to and during the Annual Conference
    • Shape the future of EdCom within the MPMA region

    Please contact us if you or somebody you know would like to get more involved in EDCOM.

    News and Events

    EDCOM is your source for the latest in informal museum education within the region and around the globe.

    Annual Conference

    Proposals for workshops and sessions are due January 13, 2017.  This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge with colleagues and showcase successes at your institution.  Click here for a proposal form.


    EDCOM Award for Programming Excellence (Click here for more information) Submissions due  January 31, 2017.


    EDCOM provides links to online resources and encourages members to provide expert opinion and review of current scholarship, journals, and books in the field.

    American Alliance of Museums EdCom

    Council for Environmental Education

    Family Learning Forum

    Museum 2.0

    Museum Education Roundtable

    NAAEE – North American Association of Environmental Education

    Smithsonian Institution Office of Policy and Analysis

    The Uncatalogued Museum

    The Wallace Foundation

    Contact: EDCOM Co-Chairs Russanne Hoff at education@hastingsmuseum.com
    and Susan Rowe at susan.rowe@ttu.edu  or Co-Chair Elect Sarah Dumas at sdumas@okhistory.org.

    Leadership List

    Russanne Hoff, Curator of Education
    Hastings Museum
    Hastings, NE  education@hastingsmuseum.com

    Susan Rowe, Heritage Education Program Manager
    Lubbock Lake Landmark/Museum of Texas Tech University
    Lubbock, TX  susan.rowe@ttu.edu

    Sarah Dumas, Director of Education
    OKNHD State Coordinator
    Oklahoma History Center
    Oklahoma City, OK

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