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Smithsonian Education News - Back to School 2016 Issue
How (Not) to Teach with Drama My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I
Blog Post
How (Not) to Teach with Drama


Using drama in the classroom can lead to powerful and memorable lessons—as long as you avoid the pitfalls described in this blog from the National Museum of American History.

Give it a read.
One-Day Teacher Workshop
My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I


Spend a day examining personal letters that offer glimpses into the American wartime experience one hundred years ago. Held July 19th at the National Postal Museum.

Learn more.
Washington D.C. Area Resources and Events
Storytelling Toolkit Summer Educational Programs for Young Learners Play: Engaging Learners in Object-Rich Environments
Teacher Resources
Storytelling Toolkit


The Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street program offers guidance on gathering and recording stories from your community.

Learn more.
Early Education
Summer Educational Programs for Young Learners


The National Postal Museum’s free, onsite student programming will be offered throughout the summer months. Your preschool and kindergarten students will love these postal-themed activities!

Check the schedule.
Professional Development
Play: Engaging Learners in Object-Rich Environments


The Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center invites classroom and museum educators to a seminar that brings play into an object-based approach to teaching young children. The seminar is held June 6 and 7 on the National Mall. Use early bird discount code “BIRD17” for 20 percent off, but hurry! Discount ends May 20.

Learn more and register!
Smithsonian Folklife Festival Out of the Shadows M.A. in Decorative Arts & Design History
Volunteer Call for Educators
Smithsonian Folklife Festival


Join the educational fun at the Circus Science area of the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. STEAM-related activities for children of all ages are directed by a team of educators from the University of South Florida and the Circus Arts Conservatory. Educator volunteers are needed!

Sign up here.
ARTLAB+ Teen Workshop Series
Out of the Shadows


Join ARTLAB+ at the Hirshhorn this summer for a free summer digital arts workshops for teens. There are two workshops in this series: June 19-23 (kinetic sculpture) and July 17-21 (audio installation).

Apply here.
Professional Development
M.A. in Decorative Arts & Design History


Offered by Smithsonian Associates and George Washington University's Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, the degree program offers a one-of-a-kind academic experience to the newest generation of decorative arts professionals and design historians.

Learn more.
Anywhere Resources and Events
Using Museum Objects to Drive Inquiry Design in the Classroom with Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Smithsonian Science How
Free Webinar for Teachers
Using Museum Objects to Drive Inquiry


Discover ways to create and adapt inquiry-based lessons. Students investigate artifacts, images, and archival materials from the Smithsonian's collections, using the Smithsonian Learning Lab.

Take a look.
Free Online Course
Design in the Classroom with Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum


Take a new online course that introduces teachers to "design thinking," as well as to the Cooper Hewitt's world-renowned design collection and other museum resources. Help engage your students in innovative hands-on activities.

Enroll now!
Science Webcasts and Videos
Smithsonian Science How


Bring a Smithsonian scientist into your classroom with free thirty-minute live webcasts and videos, all featuring the research—and personalities—of the National Museum of Natural History.

Learn more.
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