The American Alliance of Museums is recruiting applicants for the two-year Ford W. Bell Fellowship for Museums & P-12 Education. The Ford Fellow will research, develop and implement plans for the Alliance’s initiative to integrate museums into the education and learning environments of the next era of P-12 education in the United States. This is a significant opportunity to help shape the next educational era, exploring the boundaries of how museums can contribute to learning.
Do you believe museums can change the world? Do you want to make learning in the US more equitable, enriching and effective? If so, you may be just the person the Alliance is looking for.
We live in a fractured landscape in which education is unequally distributed. Many children languish in schools that have dropped “amenities” such as arts education, physical activities and enriched resources to focus on the test. The education gap is widening as enriched resources such as one-on-one mentoring, arts education and project-based learning are accessible to only a small fraction of our youth.
The American Alliance of Museum envisions a brighter educational future—a vibrant landscape of learning in which every child has a personal learning plan that draws on resources throughout the community and on the web. And museums are an important part of that landscape, offering the kind of self-directed, passion-based, immersive, project-based learning that is so critical for 21st century education.