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

Traditional Native Games in Your Classroom

January 25, 2019

4:30–7 PM

Join us for a hands-on teacher workshop celebrating Indigenous games from the Arctic to Argentina. Join different Native presenters to learn and play culturally-specific games, then make one Native game to bring back to your classroom! Teachers will receive Native Knowledge 360° materials such as a classroom lesson on the mahkisina meehkintiink (moccasin game) by the Myaamia (Miami) community in Oklahoma and brainstorm connections to classrooms. Whether you teach geography, history, social studies, or environmental studies, we invite you to register today. Become inspired by the richness and diversity of Native games in the 3rd level exhibit and learn about the cultural values and teaching styles of Native games to share with your students. Recommended for first through eighth-grade teachers of geography, history, social studies, environmental science, or STEM. Classroom materials will be provided. Free to register.

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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

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.

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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.

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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 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.