Educators

Professional development opportunities for teachers at the National Museum of the American Indian are hands-on, standards-aligned, and cross-curricular. Workshops span a range of relevant topics and incorporate Native narratives and more comprehensivehistories that enable teachers to connect classroom needs with the museum's robust collections and accurate teaching resources. These sessions help educators explore new content about American Indian cultures and history and model strategies for teachingwith objects and resources in the classroom. Workshops include classroom-ready resources, as well as interactive opportunities to explore common assumptions about Native peoples of the past and their ongoing relevance and vibrancy today.

Washington, DC

National Museum of the American Indian
Fourth Street & Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20560

Indigenous Peoples' Day Curriculum and Teach-In

September 7, 2019

9 AM–1:30 PM

Join the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and the regional organization D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice (a project of Teaching for Change) for a day of conversation and idea exchange.

K–12 teachers will share curriculum ideas and strategies for teaching about Indigenous peoples' histories and experiences today. The keynote speakers and workshops will feature classroom resources from the NMAI's online education portal, Native Knowledge 360°, and from the campaign to abolish Columbus Day.

The teach-in will be held at the National Museum of the American Indian (4th Street and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC). To share your interest and receive an update when registration for this event is available, visit dcareaeducators4socialjustice.org/events/indigenous-peoples-curricula-day-and-teach-in. Coffee and lunch are provided at this event, along with free classroom resources.

Drop-In Interactive Teaching Carts Program

Every Tuesday, 10:30 AM–12 PM

No registration required. Explore the museum's hands-on teaching carts to connect with learning and teaching about American Indians. Ask questions and explore object-based learning that can be incorporated into your classroom. Receive a copy of the NMAI's Framework for Essential Understandings about American Indians.

Essential Understandings for Learning and Teaching about American Indians: Creating a Culturally Responsive Elementary Classroom

By Appointment Only
Email nmai-nk360@si.edu at least three weeks in advance.

Do you want to increase your confidence and ability to teach Native American history and culture in culturally appropriate ways? This hands-on workshop guides participants to critically examine media and educational materials, with an emphasis onsocial studies-related art activities, and enhance them with learning opportunities that are culturally appropriate and student-centered. Participants will effectively identify, access, and utilize new resources—including the NMAI's Native Knowledge 360° materials—in their classroom to increase inclusion for all students. This workshop is available by appointment for K–12 teacher groups of ten or more. Email nmai-nk360@si.edu at least three weeks in advance to schedule a one- to three-hour hands-on workshop.

Essential Understandings for Learning and Teaching about American Indians: Creating Opportunities for Civic Engagement in a Secondary Classroom

By Appointment Only
Email nmai-nk360@si.edu at least three weeks in advance.

Learn about the National Museum of the American Indian's national education initiative, Native Knowledge 360°. Explore multimedia resources that support the study of American Indian history and culture in accurate and culturally specificways. Receive an overview of any one of the museum's online lessons and explore strategies for cross-curricular integration and implementation. This hands-on workshop guides participants to critically examine media and educational materials, with an emphasis on social studies topics. Participants will effectively identify, access, and utilize new resources—including the NMAI's Native Knowledge 360° materials—in their classroom to share more complete narratives and different perspectives with their students. This workshop is available by appointment for K–12 teacher groups of ten or more. Email nmai-nk360@si.edu at least three weeks in advance to schedule a one- to three-hour hands-on workshop.

New York, NY

National Museum of the American Indian in New York
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House
One Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004

P Credit Course Offering | 12 Hours of CTLE Credit

Affirming Student Identities through Indigenous Legacies in Latin America and the Caribbean

August 21–22, 2019

9 AM–4 PM

There is tremendous ethnic and cultural diversity in Latin America and the Caribbean. Students from new migrant, immigrant, refugee, or asylee communities reflect a broad and complex range of cultural diversity. Thus with varying cultural, linguistic, and national identities, educators continue to encounter new opportunities and challenges to support an ever-evolving student population. This two-day workshop aims to enhance culturally responsive teaching practices through examining two case studies of indigenous movements and experiences in Latin America and the Caribbean. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of contemporary indigenous Taíno and Maya identity, knowledge, and cultural traditions and connect and apply concepts of Native knowledge and science to their current teaching. The event is full and we are currently not accepting registrations.

4 Hours of CTLE Credit

Indigenous Peoples' Day Curriculum and Teach-In

September 28, 2019

9 AM–1:30 PM

Join the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian New York (NMAI) and Teaching for Change for a day of conversation and idea exchange.

K–12 teachers will share curriculum ideas and strategies for teaching about Indigenous peoples' histories and experiences today. Sessions will feature classroom resources from the NMAI's online education portal, Native Knowledge 360°, Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean exhibition, and the campaign to abolish Columbus Day. The keynote speaker is Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author and editor of more than a dozen books including An Indigenous People's History of the United States and "All the Real Indians Died Off": And 20 Other Myths about Native Americans. Dunbar-Ortiz has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues.

The teach-in will be held at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York at One Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004 . To learn more and register, visit teachingforchange.org/2019-indigenous-peoples-day-curriculum-teach-in-new-york.

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P Credit and CTLE Course Offering

Native New York: American Indians and Dutch New Amsterdam

October 24, 2019

4:30–6:30 PM | National Museum of the American Indian in New York

October 26, 2019

9 AM–4:30 PM | National Museum of the American Indian in New York

October 27, 2019

9 AM–4:30 PM | Museum of the City of New York

Why do relationships matter? Explore the history of New York in this in-depth course offered in collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York. Investigate trade relations between the Dutch and the Indigenous people of Mannahatta, including the Lenape. Hear from guest speakers and explore documents, maps, and artifacts that examine these interactions in the Hudson River region during the 16th and 17th centuries, while considering how the natural environment affected settlement patterns in this area. Registration and P-Credit Course information at the Museum of the City of New York.

2.5 Hours of CTLE Credit

Essential Understandings for Learning and Teaching about American Indians

By Appointment Only, Thursdays, 5–7:30 PM

Increase your confidence and ability to teach Native American history and culture in accurate and appropriate ways. Learn about the National Museum of the American Indian's national education initiative, Native Knowledge 360°, and explore multimediaresources that support the study of indigenous history and culture in culturally specific ways. Receive an overview of any one of the museum's online digital lessons and practice strategies for cross-curricular integration and implementation. This workshop is free by appointment for K–12 teacher groups of ten or more. To schedule, email nmai-ny-education@si.edu.

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