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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.

Native Knowledge 360°: Foundations for Teaching and Learning about Native Americans

Native Knowledge 360° (NK360°) is the National Museum of the American Indian's national initiative to inspire and support transformative teaching and learning about Native Americans. This free, three-part webinar series is designed for education professionals who are new to incorporating more complete narratives about Native American histories, cultures, and contemporary lives into their teaching. Educators whose primary teaching focus is social studies, English language arts, or library sciences, and who work with students in grades 4–12 are encouraged to register. We also invite homeschoolers, parents, and others looking for digital educational resources about Native Americans.

The series will be especially helpful for educators who are just beginning to advance their practice of bringing Native perspectives to their curricula.

Each session will begin at 1 PM EST and end at 2:15 PM EST. Registration is required. Please email questions to NMAI Education office.

Participants will hear from Ed Schupman (Muscogee), manager of the National Museum of the American Indian's national education initiative, Native Knowledge 360° (NK360°). Ed will discuss the long tradition of problematic narratives about Native Americans and show how those narratives affect American society and K–12 education. The webinar will conclude with an introduction to the NK360° initiative, including the museum's NK360° Framework for Essential Understandings about American Indians, a set of key concepts about the rich and diverse cultures, histories, and contemporary lives of Native Peoples. This first day of the three-day institute will inspire participants to think about what transformations they can make in their own teaching and learning about Native Americans.

On day two, participants will work with museum educators Johanna Gorelick and Renee Gokey (Eastern Shawnee). Johanna and Renee will model ways to assess imagery, objects, and media about Native Americans. Participants will discuss strategies for how to interrogate sources, search for additional context, and move towards more complete narratives about Native Americans. Included in the discussion will be a focus on how strategies can connect to key concepts outlined in the National Museum of the American's NK360° Framework for Essential Understandings.

On the third and final day of the virtual teacher institute, participants will focus on classroom implementation. Museum educator, Colleen Smith will walk participants through the NK360° website where they can find classroom-ready lessons and resources. Colleen will spend time guiding participants through one digital lesson about Northern Plains History and Cultures, helping educators see how the lesson reflects critical concepts from the NK360° Framework for Essential Understandings. Participants will discuss opportunities and challenges for bringing this type of lesson into their classrooms and hear strategies from the museum for integrating Native perspectives across a range of subjects, grade levels, and timeframes.


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