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

Teacher Tuesday
Teaching Native History and Culture in the Classroom

June 25, 2019

10:30 AM–12:30 PM

Teacher Tuesday programs provide classroom resources and opportunities for participants to connect with classroom content and deepen their understanding of Native American history and culture.

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 on social studies-related art activities, and to enhance them with learning opportunities that are culturally appropriate and student-centered. Participants learn to effectively identify, access, and utilize new resources in their classrooms—including the NMAI's Native Knowledge 360° materials—to increase inclusion for all students. Teachers also explore the museum's Our Universes exhibition gallery.

Recommended for grade 4–12 teachers of civics, geography, history, or social studies. This program is free and classroom resources are provided. Registration closes at 5 PM, June 21, 2019.

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Teacher Tuesday
American Indian Removal: What Does It Mean to Remove a People?

July 2, 2019

10:30 AM–12:30 PM

Teacher Tuesday programs provide classroom resources and opportunities for participants to connect with classroom content and deepen their understanding of Native American history and culture.

Learn about the museum's education initiative, Native Knowledge 360°, and the American Indian Removal: What Does It Mean to Remove a People? online lesson for grades 7–12. The lesson provides perspectives from Native American community members, as well as documents, maps, images, and activities to help students and teachers understand an important and difficult chapter in United States history. This workshop also introduces educators to the museum's free online resources designed to help educators elevate teaching these subjects in ways that provide context, are relevant, and build academic skills for their students.

Recommended for grade 7–12 teachers of civics, geography, history, or social studies. This program is free and classroom resources are provided. Registration closes at 5 PM, June 28, 2019.

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Teacher Tuesday
The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire

July 16, 2019

10:30 AM–12:30 PM

Teacher Tuesday programs provide classroom resources and opportunities for participants to connect with classroom content and deepen their understanding of Native American history and culture.

This interactive, dialogue-based program is designed to inspire thoughtful conversation about Social Emotional Learning (SEL) themes, including self-awareness, equity, and responsibility. By participating in experiential activities that examine American and Inka value systems, participants will learn to motivate students to examine their own personal values. What kind of person would each of them like to become in context of the world they live in? Learning more than historical facts, participants will come to understand the true essence of Inka culture while also uncovering the underlying motives of all human behavior.

Recommended for grade 4–12 teachers of civics, geography, history, or social studies. This program is free and classroom resources are provided. Registration closes at 5 PM, July 12, 2019.

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Teacher Tuesday
Foundations of American Indian Cultures

July 23, 2019

10:30 AM–12:30 PM

Teacher Tuesday programs provide classroom resources and opportunities for participants to connect with classroom content and deepen their understanding of Native American history and culture.

This program serves as a foundational workshop to improve the general understanding and teaching of local Native history and culture at the fourth-grade level. Two key Native Knowledge 360° Essential Understandings—that Native American cultures are diverse, and that these cultures are dynamic and ongoing—are woven throughout the training. Participants gain experience with culturally sensitive ways to approach the study of American Indians in the classroom, as well as an understanding of why this is important, and learn how to use these strategies, through texts, objects, maps, or images, in their classrooms. A particular focus will be on local tribal cultures, often referred to as "Powhatan" or "Eastern Woodlands." The workshop also features curriculum mandates and suggestions for deepening students' understanding through resources and ideas or tools for integration across subjects.

Recommended for 4th-grade teachers of civics, geography, history, or social studies. This program is free and classroom resources are provided. Registration closes at 5 PM, July 19, 2019.

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Teacher Tuesday
Essential Understandings for Learning and Teaching about American Indians: Beyond Cowboys vs. Indians

July 30, 2019

10:30 AM–12:30 PM

Teacher Tuesday programs provide classroom resources and opportunities for participants to connect with classroom content and deepen their understanding of Native American history and culture.

In this interactive workshop, teachers visit the museum's Americans exhibition gallery and engage in a primary source-based inquiry lesson about the post-Civil War West. Participants critically examine differences between the American imagination and American history by exploring diverse perspectives surrounding conflict between cowboys and Indians in the "Wild" West. Participants examine how government policies and belief in white supremacy impacted Native Nations, Mexican Americans, and African Americans living in the West. To what extent, and for whom, was the West a land of opportunity? Participants receive the NMAI's Framework for Essential Understandings about American Indians, with a goal to share more complete narratives and different perspectives with their students.

Recommended for grade 7–12 teachers of civics, geography, history, or social studies. This program is free and classroom resources are provided. Registration closes at 5 PM, July 26, 2019.

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Teacher Tuesday
Foundations of American Indian Cultures

August 6, 2019

10:30 AM–12:30 PM

Teacher Tuesday programs provide classroom resources and opportunities for participants to connect with classroom content and deepen their understanding of Native American history and culture.

This program serves as a foundational workshop to improve the general understanding and teaching of local Native history and culture at the fourth-grade level. Two key Native Knowledge 360° Essential Understandings—that Native American cultures are diverse, and that these cultures are dynamic and ongoing—are woven throughout the training.

Participants gain experience with culturally sensitive ways to approach the study of American Indians in the classroom, as well as an understanding of why this is important, and learn how to use these strategies, through texts, objects, maps, or images, in their classrooms. A particular focus will be on local tribal cultures, often referred to as "Powhatan" or "Eastern Woodlands." The workshop also features curriculum mandates and suggestions for deepening students' understanding through resources and ideas or tools for integration across subjects.

Recommended for grade 7–12 teachers of civics, geography, history, or social studies. This program is free and classroom resources are provided. Registration closes at 5 PM, July 26, 2019.

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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

For Art Educators | 6 Hours of CTLE Credit

The Art of T.C. Cannon: Representations Re-mixed!

July 24, 2019

10 AM–4 PM

Explore the art exhibition T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America and learn how his music, poetry, and paintings embodied the activism, cultural transition and creative expression that defined America in the 1960s and 1970s. Discover new insights and inspirations for student-centered, mixed-media projects that examine themes of identity, representation, and place.

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P Credit Course Offering | 12 Hours of CTLE Credit

Tell Me about It: Oral Language Development through Phonological Awareness, Visual Literacy, and Storytelling

July 30–31, 2019

9 AM–4 PM

How can oral language proficiency support literacy and school achievement? Offered in collaboration with Everyone Reading, this two-day course will provide strategies to support oral language and auditory development, guiding you through the progression from speaking to reading and writing. Gain strategies as you learn more about oral traditions and non-text-based storytelling.

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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.

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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