Discover how to use museum resources and methods to bring new excitement into your classroom. Many Smithsonian museums offer scheduled classes for educators as well as customized training.
History & Culture
Oh Freedom! Online Conference: Teaching Civil Rights through Smithsonian Collections
Explore Civil Rights and Smithsonian collections with curators, experts, and educators in live presentations, demonstrations, and moderated forums.
Air Mail to Airlines
The activities in this National Air and Space Museum workshop help to build mapping and sequencing skills. Designed for teachers of grades 3–5. Call 202.633.2540.
Black Wings: African American in Aviation, 1920 to the Present
Discuss events of World War II with experts. Receive lesson plans in both history and language arts. This National Air and Space Museum workshop is for teachers of grades 6–10. Call 202.633.2540.
The Clarice Smith National Teacher Institutes
Be inspired this summer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in Washington, D.C., as you join colleagues from across the country for an exciting exploration of the connections between art, social studies, and language arts. This weeklong institute will be held July 8-12 and July 29-August 2. Graduate credit available. Applications due April 1.
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Free Online Conferences
Find an archive of online conferences from the Smithsonian Center of Education and Museum Studies. Titles include “Abraham Lincoln,” “Climate Change,” and “Problem Solving with Smithsonian Experts.”
Teaching with Primary Sources
Delve into National Air and Space Museum documents, photographs, objects, and oral histories to help your students understand the historical process. Designed for teachers of grades 4–12. Call 202.633.2540.
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Scholars in the Schools
Smithsonian Institution Event Calendar
The Smithsonian Associates