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10th Chicago International Education Conference

The Digital Museum and Library: Reconstructing International and Intercultural Collections in the Online Space


November 3, 2017
8:30am – 3:00pm
International House – Assembly Hall
The University of Chicago
1414 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

The 10th University of Chicago International Education Conference explored how K-16 educators can use museum and library resources to internationalize lesson plans, units, courses, and curricula. The morning sessions were led by Claire Moore and Megan Kuensting from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s School and Educator Programs department. The afternoon featured presentations from Professor Susan Burns, Director of the University of Chicago’s Center for East Asian Studies; Heidi Rouleau, School Learning Experiences Manager at The Field Museum; and Naomi Priddy, Multicultural Learning Librarian at the Oak Park Public Library.

Light breakfast, lunch, and instructional materials included. 5 PD hours.


Claire Moore

Claire Moore inspires learning in and through the arts as the leader of The Metropolitan Museum of Art School and Educator Programs team—a group that facilitates programming for over 200,000 PreK through 12th grade students and teachers each year. She has spoken nationally on topics related to museums and education in forums ranging from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) conference to the American Alliance of Museums annual convening. She has also edited Arts of the Islamic World: A Resource for Educators (a book co-published by The Met and Yale University Press), written lesson plans and curriculum materials published by The Met and Brooklyn Museum of Art, and contributed articles to the Journal of Museum Education. Claire’s experience as a teacher and school principal, background in the arts (MFA), and studies in social-organizational psychology (an MA from Columbia University) provide an invaluable foundation for her work.

Megan Kuensting

Megan Kuensting leads The Met’s School Partnerships program, which involves collaboration between NYC teachers, students, school administrators, parents, and The Met’s teaching artists on multi-session investigations of the Met’s collection. Megan holds an MA in Museum Studies from NYU, and is pursuing an MS in Neuroscience and Education at Columbia University in order to understand the impact of the arts at the neural and behavioral level of human cognition and development, and to better advocate for arts education in schools.

Susan L. Burns

Susan L. Burns, Associate Professor in the Department of History and the Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations at the University of Chicago, is an historian of Japan’s “long” nineteenth century (1780s–1910s). She is interested in the social history of intellectual and cultural practices and the continuities and ruptures between what conventional periodization terms Japan’s “early modern” and “modern” eras. In recent years, Professor Burns has become interested in the use of digital tools for historical research, specifically ArcGIS and text mining. She utilized ArcGIS in her research on leprosy to explore the place of private leprosy hospitals and clinics in the cityscape of late nineteenth-century Tokyo. She is currently working on a digital project called “Mapping Medical Tokyo” that seeks to visualize and analyze the spatial dimensions of health, disease, and medical care in the Meiji-era city. Professor Burns is also the Director of the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies.

Naomi Priddy

Naomi Priddy is the Multicultural Learning Librarian at Oak Park Public Library, where she curates a book and artifact collection highlighting cultures around the world for an audience of students, families, and teachers. Before that, Naomi taught elementary and middle school in Chicago, and worked as Social Studies Instructional Design Specialist at The Field Museum, where she created curriculum and led teacher professional development. A Northern California native, Naomi enjoys watching the seasons change, exploring new places, and approaching life with a learner’s mindset.

Heidi Rouleau

Heidi Rouleau is the School Learning Experiences Manager at The Field Museum. She spearheads the team responsible for designing, facilitating, and evaluating learning experiences for pre-K-12 school-based audiences including students, teachers, and school administrators. Her prior experiences teaching diverse learners in both informal learning environments and traditional classroom settings deeply inform her work in this role. She holds bachelor of arts in history and theatre from Millikin University and a master’s degree in teaching and learning from DePaul University. Her core areas of interest include bridging experiences across learning environments and multi-dimensional museum-school partnerships aimed at sustainable impacts on teaching and learning in pre-K-12 settings.

Schedule & Resources


8:30-9:00 AM   Sign-in and Light Breakfast

9:00-9:15 AM   Welcome

9:15-10:30 AM   “Global Perspectives: Museums as a Resource” – Part I

Claire Moore & Megan Kuensting (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

10:30-10:40 AM   Break

10:40-11:30 AM   “Global Perspectives: Museums as a Resource” – Part II

Claire Moore & Megan Kuensting (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

11:30-12:15 PM   Lunch

12:15-1:05 PM   “Story Maps”

Susan L. Burns (University of Chicago)

1:05-1:15 PM   Break

1:15-2:45 PM   “Digital Object Based Learning with Libraries and Museums”

Heidi Rouleau (The Field Museum)
Naomi Priddy (Oak Park Public Library)

2:45-3:00 PM   Conclusion & Evaluations

The 10th International Education Conference was presented by the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies, Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Neighborhood Schools Program, UChicago Engages, and International House at the University of Chicago. This conference was made possible through generous support from Title VI National Resource Center grants from the U.S. Department of Education.