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

Indigenous Peoples' Curriculum Day and Teach-In

September 8, 2018

9:30 AM–3 PM

Join the National Museum of the American Indian and the D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice (a project of Teaching for Change) for a back to school teach-in on Indigenous Peoples'. Engage with curriculum and strategies for teaching students about Indigenous Peoples' history and life today. The speakers and workshops will includes classroom resources from Native Knowledge 360° and the campaign to abolish Columbus Day. Coffee and lunch are provided along with free classroom resources. Learn more about the D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice.


Exploring the Inka Road—an Engineering Marvel!

September 27, 2018

4:15–7:15 PM

Join astronomer and educator Dr. Isabel Hawkins from the San Francisco Exploratorium and archaeologist Vicentina Galiano Blanco (Quechua) from Cusco, Peru, to explore The Great Inka Road exhibit at the museum and learn content and strategies for teaching about one of the most monumental feats of engineering in the world. The Inka Road network supported the largest empire in the Americas in the fourteen hundreds. The road spanned 25,000 miles and allowed the Inka to oversee and manage a territory the size of California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas combined. The road system is an engineering marvel that supported transportation, communication, and trade.

Explore Native Knowledge 360° materials such as the Q'eswachaka Bridge teaching poster, the Chaski Teacher's Guide, and two classroom-ready lessons on Inka engineering and innovation. Whether you teach, we invite you to register today. Become inspired by the richness of Inka-period cultural objects in the exhibit and learn about amazing feats of the Inka people to share with your students. Interact with an astronomer with expertise in culturally based science and a Quechua archaeologist who is an authentic ambassador of her culture.

Recommended for fourth- through eighth-grade teachers of geography, history, economics, environmental science, or STEM. Classroom materials and a light snack will be provided. Some portions of the workshop will be bilingual (Spanish/English). Cost: free. Email for pre-registration and for more information.

National Museum of the American Indian in New York
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House
One Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004

P Credit Course Offering | Native New York: American Indian and Dutch New Amsterdam Teacher Professional Development

September 29–30, 2018

9 AM–4 PM

Why do relationships matter? Explore the history of New York in this in-depth course offered in collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York. Investigate trade relations between the Dutch and the Indigenous people of Mannahatta, including the Lenape. Explore documents, maps, and artifacts that examine these interactions in the Hudson River region during the 16th and 17th centuries, and consider how the natural environment affected settlement patterns in this area. Registration and P Credit Course information.

Native Knowledge 360°: New resources for teaching and learning about American Indians

November 6, 2018

8:30 AM–3 PM

Citi Field | 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, NY 11368

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 American Indian history and culture in accurate and culturally specific ways. Get an overview of our newest inquiry-based, digital lesson, How Do Native Nations Experience Belonging?, and explore strategies for cross-curricular integration and implementation. Become a NK360° Educator and transform how and what students are taught about Indigenous Peoples! We'll be exhibiting as well, come by our booth and receive a free book! Email for more information and to register.

Educator Program | Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean

December 8, 2018

10 AM–2 PM

More is known about Christopher Columbus than about the Indigenous Taíno peoples he encountered on the island Guanahaní on October 12, 1492. Explore the living Native legacies of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean with curator Ranald Woodaman and examine the presence of Native peoples and their knowledge in the survival, history, spirituality, and lifeways of the region's diverse cultures, while also addressing the critiques and contestation of the Taíno movement.