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Smithsonian Education News - Back to School 2017
World War I: Lessons and Legacies American Art
Poster Exhibition
World War I: Lessons and Legacies


A set of eight posters illustrate World War I and its far-reaching effects on American life.

Learn more.
Free Videoconference Lessons
American Art


Bring American art into your classroom with a series of ten interactive (and free) videoconference lessons from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The sessions are enjoyable for everyone from third grade to adulthood.

Learn more and request a program.
National Museum of the American Indian Viewpoints on Africa’s Arts Culture Foundations of American Indians & Teaching Beyond Food, Clothing, and Shelter

School Programs
National Museum of the American Indian


Discover new perspectives on American Indian history and contemporary lives through interactive programs led by “cultural interpreters.” The programs are designed to deepen students’ understanding of the cultures represented in the museum.

Visit NMAI in Washington.

Visit NMAI in New York.

Guided Tours
Viewpoints on Africa’s Arts


The National Museum of African Art is offering seven new tours and seven new ways to explore African Art. All tours feature museum highlights and masterworks. Their thematic focuses yield lively discusses of art, history, and culture.

Learn more.
Elementary Teacher Workshop
Culture Foundations of American Indians & Teaching Beyond Food, Clothing, and Shelter


The National Museum of the American Indian presents a hands-on workshop on Saturday, October 21, 9:30 am–12:30 pm, at its museum in Washington, D.C. Recommended for elementary teachers..

Learn more.
African Art on the Go! New and Updated at the Postal Museum Freer|Sackler
Museum Outreach
African Art on the Go!


Representatives of the National Museum of African Art travel to classrooms, community groups, and senior centers within a twenty-mile radius of D.C. This is an opportunity to learn about the arts through distinct cultural traditions. If requested, docents bring along replica works of art.

Learn more.
Student Programs
New and Updated at the Postal Museum


The National Postal Museum announces the return of the student programs “First-Class Problem Solvers” and “Listen, Look & Do: Alphabets & Animals,” as well as new programs for Pre-K and K learners. All are free.

Register online.
Educators’ Open House
Freer|Sackler


The Freer|Sackler celebrates the reopening of the Freer in a free event—just for educators—on Thursday, October 26, from 5 to 8 pm. The evening includes curator-led tours and light bites. Sign up for school tours and experiment with hands-on activities.

Registration opens in September.
Discovery Theater Inside Science The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Early Education
Discovery Theater


Performances at the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater bring educational topics to life for young students and their families.

See the fall schedule.
Continuing Education
Inside Science


Smithsonian Associates has launched “Inside Science,” an ongoing series of expert-led programming.

Dive inside science!
Study Abroad
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute


Since 2007, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama has hosted a two-week teacher-training program that offers hands-on study of tropical coastal and marine habitats.

Learn more.
Art + Core Content = Understanding Educator Open House in Pittsburgh  
Professional Development
Art + Core Content = Understanding


Come to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery this fall to uncover American stories through art and crafts. The sessions include hands-on activities and new resources.

Learn more.
Professional Development
Educator Open House in Pittsburgh


Join educators at the Heinz History Center on September 28 for food, drinks, and information on National History Day and the center’s educational offerings.

Learn more.
 
Anywhere Resources and Events
Storied Objects from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival American Indian Removal: What Does It Mean to Remove a People? Bring Native American Voices into Your Classroom
Online Exhibition
Storied Objects from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival


Use this online exhibition as a model for looking at cultural heritage through the objects that people make and the objects that people use. The layout of the site lends itself to a variety of inquiry-based projects.

Give it a look.
Online Lesson
American Indian Removal: What Does It Mean to Remove a People?


This inquiry-based lesson includes perspectives from Native American community members, documents, maps, and activities.

Visit the site.
Online Professional Development
Bring Native American Voices into Your Classroom


The National Archives and the National Museum of the American Indian present a one-hour online introduction to classroom resources on October 19 at 7 pm and 10 pm Eastern. The sessions are free.

Learn more.

Folk Hero: Remembering Yuri Kochiyama Through Grassroots Art    
Online Resource
Folk Hero: Remembering Yuri Kochiyama Through Grassroots Art


Japanese American Yuri Kochiyama was a pioneering advocate for social justice, working across communities. After her death in 2014, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center curated a digital exhibition titled Folk Hero: Remembering Yuri Kochiyama Through Grassroots Art.

Visit the exhibition.
   
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