Professional Development

The AEJM considers museum education as one of the key aspects of the work of Jewish museums. Since 2012 the AEJM has been organizing tailor-made professional development opportunities for museum educators working from Jewish museums.

Our educational programming aims at enhancing and supporting professionalism in museum education practice at European Jewish museums. By offering training, networking and exchange possibilities for educators, AEJM also aims at fostering innovation and new cooperation in the field of museum education projects, policies and strategies.

For more detailed about previous training opportunities, please visit our online archive of educational activities.

 

2021 – 2023

Initiated by POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw (PL) and Oslo Jewish Museum (NO), AEJM’s Museum Education Seminars and Training (MEST) is a new professional development programme that addresses educators from Jewish museums in Europe. The programme will consist of a series of online activities, comprising interactive workshops and lectures, exchange of best practice, and peer-to-peer support and network opportunities. Jewish Museum in Trondheim (NO) holds a role of as a partner in the programme.

MEST is part of the Jewish Cultural Heritage Project supported by the EEA Grants from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, and by the state budget of Poland.

Partners:

MEST is curated and produced by Eva Koppen. For more information please contact eva.koppen@aejm.org.

 

2017 – 2019 

In between two major learning programmes, AEJM offered thematic study visits on museum education to London (Inclusion & Accessibility, 2017), Riga (Community Engagement, 2018), and Sarajevo (Contested History, 2019).

The study visits were curated and produced by Eva Koppen.

 

2012 – 2016

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The Museum Education Seminar was an intensive 5-day seminar offering various hands-on workshops, lectures, presentations, discussion sessions, and excursions. The hands-on workshops covered topics such as the development of educational programmes for permanent and temporary exhibitions; working with specific target groups; museum education in a transcultural and multicultural context; teaching about Judaism and the Holocaust. The Museum Focus sessions provided a framework for mutual support by offering participants a platform to present new and innovative projects and to discuss specific challenges and case studies that they are dealing with in their daily work at their respective museums.

The MES was organised in cooperation with the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum (2016), the Jewish Museum Vienna (2015) and the Oslo Jewish Museum (2014). The outcomes of the MES can be found in the educational project exchange section.

Its predecessor, the Educators Training Programme, in cooperation with the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw (2013) and the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam (2012).

The AEJM Museum Education Seminar was kindly supported by the David Berg Foundation (NY)

MES and ETP were curated and produced by Eva Koppen.