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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

    Check out sessions and workshops dedicated to museum education and public programing from backpacks to new audiences, distance learning to outreach.  Check the preliminary program for descriptions, dates, and times.

    EdCom Lunch

    Join us for the EdCom Lunch; guest speaker Kristjana Eyjolfsson, Education Director at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, Montana. Kristijana will share strategies and techniques designed for smaller museums to develop educational programs for special needs and non-traditional educational groups (homeschoolers, Hutterite Colonies).  This is a ticketed event.


    EDCOM Award for Programming Excellence.  This award (winner announced at the annual conference) recognizes exemplary creativity in museum educational programming in the MPMA region.


    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
    and Susan Rowe at 

    Leadership List

    Russanne Hoff, Curator of Education
    Hastings Museum
    Hastings, NE

    Susan Rowe, Heritage Education Program Manager
    Lubbock Lake Landmark/Museum of Texas Tech University
    Lubbock, TX

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