ASTC is committed to a Communities of Practice approach to growing the field of informal science education, with the goal of supporting sustained and impactful professional development that has field-wide impact. Participation in CoPs is open to all ASTC members and other Informal Science Education (ISE) partners.
|Communities of Practice
What are Communities of Practice?
ASTC Communities of Practice (CoPs) are groups of ISE professionals who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.
All CoPs are organized around:
Explore these CoPs and sign up:
ASTC has many resources available to support these communities, including:
- a shared domain of interest and/ or practice
- opportunities for interaction and communication
- shared goals for improving practice to advance the science center/ISE field
Create a Community of Practice
- Dedicated ASTC staff liaison support
- Listing of CoP on ASTC website, online calendar of events, and social media feeds
- Marketing of CoP activity in appropriate ASTC member communications
- Directed marketing to appropriate ASTC member segments and partner organizations
- Implementation support for teleconferences, webinars, and in-person meetings at the ASTC Annual Conference
- Ability to survey ASTC membership once annually (approval required)
- Free access to full functionality of ASTC Connect, the association's online learning platform
- Board level impact: CoP activities will shape ASTC's leadership and field development strategy
ASTC welcomes and encourages proposals from the field. If you are interested in forming a new Community of Practice, please take a moment to review ASTC's eligibility requirements below before submitting your proposal.
For CoP consideration, please contact ASTC's Professional Development team.
- Primary CoP contact must be an ASTC member or employed by an ASTC-member institution
- Must have a specific issue or audience identified (e.g., Explainers and Facilitators, CEOs, Developing Content about Energy in Science Centers, Volunteer Management, etc.)
- Should have a preliminary engagement plan developed (e.g., conference calls, in-person meetings, webinars, chat forum, etc.), including draft timeline for implementation
- Must identify a legacy product for sharing CoP output with the field (e.g., white paper, presentation archives, annual conference session, ASTC Dimensions article, astc.org blog post, etc.)