MEST 2021: programme

Initiated by POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and Oslo Jewish Museum, AEJM’s Museum Education Seminars and Training (MEST) is a professional development programme that addresses educators from Jewish museums in Europe. Jewish Museum in Trondheim holds a role of as a partner in the programme.
The 2021 programme was run between February and July and consisted of a series of online activities, comprising interactive workshops and lectures, exchange of best practice, and peer-to-peer support and network opportunities. Read the full MEST 2021 programme here.  The MEST 2021 was curated and produced by Eva Koppen. For more information please contact

ANOHA. The Children’s World of the Jewish Museum Berlin

July 13, 14:00-15:30 CET

Get a sneak peak of the brand new ANOHA Children’s World in Berlin! Learn about the concept and development process of the children’s museum, and the participatory work with the Children’s Advisory Council. With Dr. Ane Kleine-Engel, Head of ANOHA. More information will be available soon.


Evaluation of Online Museum Activities

June 29, 14:00-16:00 CET

Workshop by Malgorzata Zajac and Katarzyna Lewandowska

School workshops, debates, guided tours, culinary workshops … How can we measure their effectiveness? Is it simple or is it complicated? What methodologies are available? How can you apply the findings?

Join our dedicated MEST workshop to learn about effective techniques of evaluating online museum activities. You will learn what information can be obtained with or without a user email database. You will find that online event evaluation is not difficult at all, and can provide extremely useful feedback. The workshop will be facilitated by Małgorzata Zając and Katarzyna Lewandowska, both responsible for research and evaluation at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw (PL).


The Art of Slowing Down: Thinking Routines to Explore Objects, Art and Artefacts

June 1-8-15, 14:00-16:00 CET

Course by Tali Krikler

Developed and designed at Project Zero, Harvard, Visible Thinking is a broad and flexible framework for enriching learning. Central to Visible Thinking are Thinking Routines: practices that help to make thinking visible. Visible Thinking aims to provoke and challenge perceptions acting as catalysts to deeper conversations and thinking, encouraging and promoting curiosity.

Each 1 hour 30 minute live session Tali Krikler (UK) will introduce the group to two new thinking routines. Together, we will explore objects, art, artefacts and ephemera held in participants’ Museum and Heritage collections using thinking routines to scaffold our investigation. A toolkit including background reading and Thinking Routines will be available for participants to use in their own organisations.


Tools for Online Learning

May 25, 14:00-16:00 CET

Workshop with Maciek Zabierowski

During this interactive workshop with Maciek Zabierowski (Jewish Museum Oświęcim) participants will learn about online tools for teaching and increasing learner engagement during online educational events. We will focus on when to use each of the tools and then practice the setup and using during educational events. In this workshop we will work with the following online tools: Jamboard, Padlet and Mentimeter.


Online School Programmes II – Secondary Schools

Apr 20, 14:00-16:00 CET

Get to know best practice in online programming for Secondary Schools together with Fran Jeens, Interim Museum Director and former Director of Learning and Engagement at the Jewish Museum London. At the next session on 20 April the Jewish Museum London will share its experience in developing the Virtual Classrooms, the museum’s online learning activities. Fran will present how the JML team researched, developed, and launched the Virtual Classrooms for secondary schools and will give insight into evaluation and challenges of the whole programme. Participants will have the opportunity to experience the programme Keeping Kosher for 12-15 y.o. students.


Online School Programmes I – Primary Schools

Apr 6, 14:00-16:00 CET

Get to know best practice in online programming for primary schools together with Education Specialist Katarzyna Niewczas and Deputy Marketing Manager Malgorzata Zając from POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. Case study Joseph and the Shabbat Fish (7-9y).

After the break participants will have the opportunity to get feedback on practical challenges that they encounter in their works as museum educator at a Jewish museum. In breakout rooms we will work in smaller discussion groups. This part aims at facilitating peer discussion with international colleagues who can draw on their own work experiences.


Designing Online Educational Experiences

Feb 23 & Mar 9, 14:00-16:00 CET

Course by Maciek Zabierowski

With museums worldwide closing their doors as a result of the pandemic, the challenges of educators rapidly changed. Quickly adapting to the new situation was a top priority for the museum community. As last year showed, moving your pedagogical practice from the museum floor to the virtual world poses challenges on many different levels. When your workload is high, when time is limited and when you’re facing a merge of professional and private life, realizing a smooth transition to an online learning environment and reinventing yourself as an online museum pedagogue can be a challenge.

During 2 online live workshop sessions, Maciek Zabierowski, Head of Learning at Auschwitz Jewish Center in Oświęcim (PL) and Learning Designer at the University for Science and Technology in Kraków (PL), takes participants back to the basics of online learning design for museums. In between the sessions there is time for project work.

Upon completion of this short interactive course each participant

  • will demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of online learning design;
  • will be able to deconstruct and analyse existing online learning activities ;
  • will have applied this knowledge and designed a sample online activity appropriate for own professional context.


Educator’s Coffee Meeting

Feb 9, 14:00-15:00 CET
Programme launch by Eva Koppen

Learn about our MEST activities and meet international colleagues while enjoying an afternoon coffee. Eva Koppen will present AEJM’s upcoming online Winter and Spring programming for educators. Maciek Zabierowski, Head of Learning at Auschwitz Jewish Center in Oświęcim and Learning Designer at the University for Science and Technology in Kraków, will shortly introduce his online course Designing Online Educational Experiences (February/March). Learning and education specialist Tali Krikler, previously Head of Education at Jewish Museum London, will speak about her course Thinking Routines (late Spring). We will finish our coffee with an online networking activity.


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.



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