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 comprehensive histories 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 teaching with 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.

Purpose of the Institute

Native Knowledge 360° (NK360°) is the National Museum of the American Indian's national initiative to inspire and support transformative teaching and learning about American Indians. NK360° offers dynamic educational resources and professional development opportunities for educators. This Institute is designed for education professionals (teachers, teacher educators, instructional coordinators/curriculum specialists, librarians/media specialists) who recognize a need for, and are interested in advancing their practice of incorporating more complete narratives about American Indian histories, cultures, and contemporary lives into their teaching. Educators whose primary teaching focus is within the social studies, English language arts, or library sciences and who work with students in grades 4–12 are strongly encouraged to apply.

Program Overview

The NK360° Institute will take place Monday, July 8, through Thursday, July 11, 2019. Programming begins at 8:30 AM and concludes at 4 PM each day. The Institute will follow a thematic structure, informed by the National Museum of the American Indian's (NMAI) Native Knowledge 360° Essential Understandings about American Indians. The NK360° Essential Understandings, which builds on the ten themes of the National Council for Social Studies national curriculum standards, is a framework that offers new possibilities for student learning experiences.

This institute will:

  • Immerse teachers in the NK360° Essential Understandings about American Indians
  • Share classroom resources, inspirations, and practical tools for incorporating the NK360° Essential Understandings into teaching practice
  • Build and support a community of educators who seek to improve teaching and learning about American Indians

Institute At-A-Glance

Day 1: Monday, July 8—The Work of Native Knowledge 360° (NK360°)
Welcome to the National Museum of the American Indian; Museum tour; orientation to NK360°; Essential Understandings practice and application through object-based learning and exhibit exploration

Day 2: Tuesday, July 9—EU1 | American Indian Culture
Guest speaker on the concept of "Belonging" from a Native perspective; EU1 (Culture)-focused exhibit exploration; EU1 in the classroom: using NK360° digital resources

Day 3: Wednesday, July 10—EU6 | Power, Authority, and Governance
Guest speaker/s on American Indian Removal; EU6 (Power, Authority, and Governance) in the classroom: American Indian Removal Module; EU6-focused exhibits exploration

Day 4: Thursday, July 11—EU10 | Civic Ideals and Society
EU10-focused exhibit exploration; guest speaker on sovereignty of Native Nations; EU10 (Civic Ideals and Society) in the classroom: using NK360° digital resources; NK360° in the classroom: applying Institute experiences to your personal and professional goals


Applicants should be aware that the Institute is located in Washington, DC, and if selected they will be required stay in Washington, DC, from Sunday, July 7 (PM) to Thursday, July 11 (4 PM). The Institute is offered free of charge! In addition, housing and lunches are provided for the duration of the Institute. Attendees are responsible for the cost of their travel to and from Washington, DC.

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted online by 5 PM EST, Monday, May 6, 2019.

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by Friday, May 24, 2019.

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Washington, DC
New York, NY

National Museum of the American Indian
Fourth Street & Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20560


Ongoing Teacher Workshop Offerings at NMAI-DC. Register Today!

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

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 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. Please email nmai-nk360@si.edu to register for a one- to three-hour hands-on workshop. Please submit your teacher workshop request at least three weeks in advance.

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

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 specific ways. Receive an overview of any one of the museum's online digital 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. Please email nmai-nk360@si.edu to register for a one- to three-hour hands-on workshop. Please submit your teacher workshop request at least three weeks in advance.

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

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

April 24–25, 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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6 Hours of CTLE Credit

STEM Learning in Cultural Context

May 11, 2019

10 AM–4 PM

Explore Native science and innovation in the imagiNations Activity Center with educators from ArchforKids. Learn to connect and apply concepts of Native knowledge and science in your current STEM teaching.

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

Native Science + Innovation in the Americas

June 6, 2019

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

July 24, 2019

10 AM–4 PM

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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. To register, email nmai-ny-education@si.edu.

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 be able 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. To register, email liuj@si.edu.

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 multimedia resources 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.