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

Giving thanks: including more complete narratives about Thanksgiving and Native People

November 3, 2018

10 AM–2 PM

Do you want to increase your confidence and ability to teach about Native Americans during the month of November? Learn how to teach the history of Thanksgiving in culturally appropriate ways, explore the Americans exhibition, and engage in take-away art activities in this hands-on workshop. Participants will learn about some of the important food traditions of select Native communities and why giving thanks is important throughout the year with Elizabeth Woody, the 2016 Oregon poet laureate and an artist, author, and educator. A catered Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe lunch, teaching poster, and additional classroom resources are provided for $20.00. Recommended for teachers grades K–8. The event is full and we are currently not accepting registrations.

National Museum of the American Indian in New York
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House
One Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004

Rethinking Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month

November 1, 2018

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.


Native Knowledge 360°: New resources for teaching and learning about American Indians

November 6, 2018

8:30 AM–3 PM

Citi Field | 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, NY 11368

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 American Indian history and culture in accurate and culturally specific ways. Get an overview of our newest inquiry-based, digital lesson, How Do Native Nations Experience Belonging?, and explore strategies for cross-curricular integration and implementation. Become a NK360° Educator and transform how and what students are taught about Indigenous Peoples! We'll be exhibiting as well, come by our booth and receive a free book! This event is open to only NYC DOE school librarians and teachers. To learn more and register.

Educator Program | Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean

December 8, 2018

10 AM–2 PM

More is known about Christopher Columbus than about the Indigenous Taíno peoples he encountered on the island Guanahaní on October 12, 1492. Explore the living Native legacies of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean with curator Ranald Woodaman and examine the presence of Native peoples and their knowledge in the survival, history, spirituality, and lifeways of the region's diverse cultures, while also addressing the critiques and contestation of the Taíno movement.


Oral Language Development Through Phonological Awareness, Visual Literacy, and Storytelling

December 27–28, 2018

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. On Day Two, learn more activities and insights for your classroom as you gain a deeper understanding of oral traditions and non-text-based storytelling in different American Indian cultures, using visual literacy, culturally specific oral vocabulary, and object-based learning. This is a 2-day P Credit and CTLE Course Offering for teachers. Registration is required.


Chancellor's Day: What is the legacy and impact of American Indian Boarding Schools?

January 28, 2019

9 AM–4 PM

Join us as we investigate the history and multigenerational legacy of two all-Indian boarding schools, Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania and Thomas Indian School in New York—and their attempts to "Americanize" indigenous students. We will consider the complex issues of identity, particularly the differences between how a group defines itself compared to how others perceive it. Guest scholar, Dr. Lori Quigley (Seneca Nation, Wolf Clan) will share her research, scholarship, and familial narratives on multi-generational and historical trauma from the Indian Boarding School experiences at Thomas Indian School, Cattaraugus Territory, Seneca Nation. In collaboration with Facing History and Ourselves. Learn more for registration and information.