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President’s Address: Celebrating Effective Practices

Amy Koester


In a conversation recently with members of the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), we discussed our associations, our members, and the work we do for our communities. We talked about how we share the great examples of programs and services that different members offer in their unique settings.

I immediately connected to the terminology that ACM uses—“effective practices.” This is an intentional alternative to “best practices,” which implies practices that have been formally evaluated in some way—rigorously tested, evidence-based practices that are “best” in their area.

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