Due to weather conditions, the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., will be closed Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

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.

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:

Culturally Responsive Instruction: Affirming Student Identities through Indigenous Legacies in Latin America and the Caribbean

February 23–24, 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.

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2.5 Hours of CTLE Credit:

Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean | Taíno: herencia e identidad indígena en el Caribe

April 11, 2019

5 PM–7:30 PM

More is known about Christopher Columbus than about the Taíno peoples he encountered on the island Guanahaní in 1492. The Taíno, Arawak-speaking peoples found throughout the Spanish Caribbean, suffered greatly from colonization, enslavement, and disease, but they are still a vibrant presence there and beyond. Explore the living Native legacies of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean with curator Ranald Woodaman and explore ways the Taíno people, both in the Caribbean and in the United States (including New York City), continue the rich legacy of their ancestors. To register, email nmai-ny-education@si.edu.

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. Registration and P Credit Course information.

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.

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.