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

Telling a More Complete History

December 14, 2019

9:30 AM–1:30 PM

Smithsonian American Art Museum

George Catlin's paintings of American Indians seem to capture the different ways of life of Native Americans in the 1830s. Incorporating them into your classroom activities can be a tempting way to check the "analyze primary sources" box while also checking the "art integration" box. But whose stories and values are actually represented in these works? How might we tell more complete narratives in our classrooms to share multiple perspectives and gain a more nuanced and authentic understanding of this time and the peoples represented? NMAI's Native Knowledge 360° online lesson provides perspectives from Native American community members, documents, maps, images, and activities to help students and teachers understand an important and difficult chapter in the history both of Native Nations and the United States. Renée Gokey (Citizen of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma), NMAI Teacher Services Coordinator, will co-facilitate.

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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

3 Hours of CTLE Credit

Rethinking Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month

November 21, 2019

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.

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P Credit and CTLE Course Offering

Tell Me About It: Oral Language Development Through Phonological Awareness, Visual Literacy, and Storytelling

December 26–27, 2019

9 AM–5:30 PM

How can oral language proficiency support literacy and school achievement? Offered in collaboration with Everyone Reading, this course provides strategies to support oral language and auditory development, guiding you through the progression from speaking to reading and writing. Learn new activities and insights as you gain a deeper understanding of oral traditions and non-text-based storytelling in different Native communities, using visual literacy, culturally specific oral vocabulary, and object-based learning. Registration at everyonereading.org.

P Credit Course Offering | 12 Hours of CTLE Credit

Affirming Student Identities through Indigenous Legacies in Latin America and the Caribbean

January 11–12, 2020

9 AM–5:30 PM

There is tremendous ethnic and cultural diversity in Latin America and the Caribbean. 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 case studies of indigenous movements in Latin America and the Caribbean. All participants must register. To receive P Credit, participants must also register on ASPDP. ASPDP registration will open on September 16, 2019.

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

Native Science + Innovation in the Americas

January 27, 2020

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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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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