Allison Wickens is the vice president for education at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. She oversees the history and civic learning goals for the institution’s onsite, offsite and digital outreach programs. She advises the staff and leadership about trends and research in education and learning at museums, historic sites and schools and has written on this subject in articles published in the Journal of Museum Education. Before arriving at Mount Vernon, she worked for over 15 years at the Smithsonian Institution. She received an M.A. in History and a certificate in Museum Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder and a B.A. in history from Grinnell College.