National Museum of the American Indian
2018 MUSE AWARD
Strategic assessment and redesign of NMAI's Education website to introduce learners and educators to Native Knowledge 360--a fundamental rethinking of the museum's educational mission.
OXYGEN evolved from a personal experience while visiting Paris during the Friday the 13th attacks in November 2015. As I helped my family navigate difficult conversations with my young nieces about the attacks and security lock-downs that directly affected their community, I witnessed adults struggling with their own responses, which in turn impacted the socio-emotional responses of the children in their care. Having lived in New York City during the 9/11 attacks and through my work and research in human rights and social justice education, I empathize with the struggle faced by many parents and educators trying to make sense of “senseless violence” for not only themselves, but also their children and students.
While discussing plans with UNSILENCE Founder Danny M. Cohen for an interactive and scenario-based resource to aid adults in navigating this difficult landscape, I connected with the idea of an airplane oxygen mask and the instructions we receive every time we fly: to secure your own mask before assisting those around you. We can only truly help and care for those around us once we’ve secured our own physical, and emotional safety.
The Penn Museum
Education content strategy & development, user experience design, and information architecture for the Penn Museum's inaugural Public Classroom about Science and Race: History, Use, and Abuse and its online web portal.
in collaboration with Interactive Mechanics
Chemical Heritage Foundation
Strategic plan and change management to support the merger of Life Sciences Foundation with Chemical Heritage Foundation. Discovery sessions with executive leadership, institutional evaluation surveys, and facilitated working sessions with education staff resulted in a process of strategic visioning, clarification of goals, and organizational buy-in from all levels of the organization to support a streamlined integration of two educational missions.
National Museum of American History
2013 EdCom Award for Excellence in Education Resources
Collaboration between NMAH and US Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services to create Preparing for the Oath, an online learning resource for those preparing for citizenship. Using the robust collections of the Smithsonian to illustrate stories about the founding of the nation, US geography, and civics lessons, this web resource allows learners to view short films, complete practice activities, and test their knowledge.
completed as Director of Learning Strategies for Night Kitchen Interactive
Discovery Children's Museum
Las Vegas, NV
Collaboration with philanthropist Pamela Omidyar, Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, UNHCR, World Food Program, and international refugee rights NGOs to design a family-focused traveling exhibition to raise public awareness and educate about what it means to be a refugee and human rights issues. Torn From Home toured select museums and community cultural centers, paired with community-based programs and partnerships to engage visitors and local migrant communities in dialog.
Defined project concept and scope for groundbreaking traveling exhibition aimed at educating youth about the lives of refugees including host-venue educational programming and community-outreach communication plan resulting in doubled attendance records at first two venues. Oversaw RFP submissions, contractor selection, and contractor and subcontractor relationships throughout the development process, setting goals, negotiating timelines, and resolving conflicts. Conducted field research in Uganda, collecting personal narratives and physical artifacts for exhibition. Managed design, development, and production of exhibition narrative, exhibit components, and holistic interpretive plan including educational programming components for school groups, on-site docent-led activities, local refugee involvement, and post-visit engagement. Managed development and design of exhibit website from content to user interface and education downloads, ensuring ease of implementation and maintenance. Authored exhibit training materials for and trained museum education staff and docents.