School Touring

This presentation tracks Carnegie Museum of Art's progress to incorporate writing and sketching into gallery-based school programs and explains the collaborative process among docents, education staff, and classroom teachers to create program content, train docents and prepare teachers.

Institution: Carnegie Museum of Art
Presenter: Hattie Lehman, Co-Presenters: Merle Culley and Joke Slagle

Learn about and practice engaging, open-ended, student-centered gallery activities you can use to teach skills addressed in the Common Core English Language Standards, while helping students make personal connections to museum objects.  These skills include communication, critical thinking and evidential reasoning.

Institution: Walters Art Museum
Presenter: Jan C. Thorman

Docents will present an overview of the Brooks' exciting new Early Childhood Program which provides preschoolers opportunities to explore artworks in a gallery setting while building critical thinking skills.  Ultimately, we hope that these students and their families will use the museum as a resource for life-long learning.

Institution: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Presenter: Lynda Brockway, Co-Presenters: Brenda Burgess and Glenda Ellis

A Training Program for Stepping Up Effective Docent Engagement with Youth

Distractions that disengage youth on school tours have escalated and are taxing docents' abilities to make museum experiences meaningful for students. A university educator/docent and the Museum's Director of Education will offer insights that will help docents step up their skills for engaging adolescents and youth effectively. They will present a humorous blend of strategies that build docents' confidence in their abilities to overcome these challenging distractions.

Presenters: Dr. Teri Evans-Palmer, Assistant Professor of Art Education and school docent who has researched engaging students with humor and heart; Kate Carey, Education Director and developer of Docent Training Programs

Art Education and Technology: How to Connect, Collaborate, and Inspire

Are you interested in using technology to improve your presentations and/or better engage your audience, docent peer group, or museum? Docents from Art in the Dark, a digital art appreciation program serving sixth- to twelfth-graders, will share ideas for how to use technology to more effectively connect, collaborate, and inspire. Whether ready to apply these ideas to their own programs, or merely curious about what technology can offer, attendees will leave with practical ideas, tools, and resource documents to meet their own objectives.

Presenters: Toby Fernald, docent (twenty-seven years) and Art in the Dark Chair (spearheaded the program);Tricia Hill, docent (eight years), Art in the Dark Co-chair, and Art in the Dark program developer;Karen Lantz, docent (thirteen years) and Art in the Dark public relations developer


Creating Innovative School Programs

The Asian Art Museum recently rolled out a new brand identity, "Awaken the Past, Inspire the Next." Envisioning a new brand required significant changes to school programs, from scripted tours to flexible visitor-centered guidelines and more interactive techniques for engaging the audience. Docents and museum staff will demonstrate how school programs continuously evolve to meet the needs of students and teachers by using one of the more popular school programs as an example, "Samurai: Real and Imagined." Session attendees will view a video on student participation, see how technology is used in the galleries, and examine a website that provides classroom resources for before and after a museum visit.

Presenters: Jane Dalisay, docent (thirteen years) and former Chair of School Programs (2003–2009);Bob Oaks, docent (six years) and Chair of the Samurai School Program Subcommittee;Susan Lai, docent;Caren Gutierrez, Manager of School and Teacher Programs


Student-Designed/Docent-Aligned Tour

The Student-Directed Visit at Phoenix Art Museum is a result of collaboration among Museum staff, docents, teachers, and students that empowers students to take ownership of their Museum experience. In this session we will explore the motivation for creating this visit format; the skills required; and outcomes for students, teachers, and docents based on evaluations. The methods for docent training and practice and the benefits and challenges of placing docents in a nontraditional role will also be covered.

Presenters: Kathryn Blake, Education Director and Project Manager for the School Program Research/Revision Grant;Ann Wall, docent (thirteen years)