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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.

All Smithsonian museums continue to be closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Due to the uncertainty of a reopening date, the Native Knowledge 360° Teacher Institute will now be a virtual experience for educators everywhere—no application or travel required to participate! Please continue to check here for program updates.

Goal of the Institute

Native Knowledge 360° (NK360°) is the National Museum of the American Indian's national initiative to inspire and support improved education about Native Americans. NK360° offers dynamic educational resources and professional development opportunities for educators. The goal of this institute is to equip teachers with critical concepts and skills, more complete and nuanced content, and engaging pedagogy that will support a transformation in their teaching and learning about Native Americans. Attendees will engage with museum exhibits, expert speakers, and NK360°'s classroom resources. They will practice with new tools and techniques and have opportunities to plan integration of the institute experiences into their own classrooms.

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 incorporating more complete narratives about Native American 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.


Washington, DC

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

Living Earth 2020 Teach-In: Sustaining Our Future through Indigenous Knowledge

March 21, 2020 – POSTPONED

9 AM–1 PM

Learn about Indigenous knowledge, sustainability practices, and the importance of water. Attend poster or workshop sessions and explore online classroom resources from Native Knowledge 360°. For K–12 teachers.

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

April 3, 2020 – POSTPONED
1–4 PM

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.

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

April 24, 2020 – POSTPONED
10 AM–1 PM

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.

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

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.