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

Rethinking Thanksgiving in Your Classroom

November 9, 2019

10 AM–2 PM

Do you want to increase your confidence and ability to teach about Native Americans during the month of November? Learn about resources and strategies to teach about Native Americans in more culturally appropriate ways, especially in light of the Thanksgiving holiday. Explore appropriate Native American books for your classroom, make classroom connections, and engage with resources directly in this hands-on workshop. Join guest educator and author, Traci Sorell (Cherokee), children's book author and educator, and Weshoyot Alvitre (Tongva), illustrator and artist, as they share Indigenous women's perspectives on their work. A book, teaching poster, light lunch, and additional classroom resources are provided. Recommended for 2nd–8th-grade teachers of social studies, art, and history. The program is free; online registration is required.

This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative.

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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 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.

Native Art and Symbolism with America Meredith

November 15, 2019

10 AM–2 PM

Join us for the opening weekend of the new exhibition Stretching the Canvas: Eight Decades of Native Painting. Learn about the cultural, social, and institutional frameworks that shape our understandings of American Indian art and artists.

Explore visual literacy, the politics of art criticism, and gain new models for teaching about contemporary art through a Native lens. This workshop features a gallery tour and talk by America Meredith (Cherokee Nation), publishing editor of First American Art Magazine, art critic author, visual artist, and curator. Her own work, featured in the exhibition, deals with the construction and interpretation of visual languages in popular culture.

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3 Hours of CTLE Credit

Rethinking Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month

November 21, 2019

4–7 PM

Learn culturally appropriate ways to approach the study of diverse American Indian cultures in the classroom! This foundations workshop will support your teaching of Thanksgiving and indigenous peoples' history and culture. Join guest educator and storyteller, Perry Ground (Onondaga Nation) as he shares Native perspectives on giving thanks and guides you through the history and myths associated with the national holiday. Recommended for K–8 and social studies teachers! Free, online registration is required.

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P Credit and CTLE Course Offering

Tell Me About It: Oral Language Development Through Phonological Awareness, Visual Literacy, and Storytelling

December 26–27, 2019

9 AM–5:30 PM

How can oral language proficiency support literacy and school achievement? Offered in collaboration with Everyone Reading, this course provides strategies to support oral language and auditory development, guiding you through the progression from speaking to reading and writing. Learn new activities and insights as you gain a deeper understanding of oral traditions and non-text-based storytelling in different Native communities, using visual literacy, culturally specific oral vocabulary, and object-based learning. Registration at everyonereading.org.

P Credit Course Offering | 12 Hours of CTLE Credit

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

January 11–12, 2020

9 AM–5:30 PM

There is tremendous ethnic and cultural diversity in Latin America and the Caribbean. 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 case studies of indigenous movements in Latin America and the Caribbean. All participants must register. To receive P Credit, participants must also register on ASPDP. ASPDP registration will open on September 16, 2019.

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NYC Chancellor's Day PD | 6 Hours of CTLE Credit

Native Science + Innovation in the Americas

January 27, 2020

9 AM–4 PM

Gain a deeper understanding of how Native knowledge can inform your teaching practice in a variety of subject areas. Practice hands-on approaches inspired by activities in the imagiNATIONS Activity Center such as Maya math, corn technology, fiber science, and more!

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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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