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.


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

P Credit and CTLE Course Offering | Tell Me About It: Oral Language Development Through Phonological Awareness, Visual Literacy, and Storytelling

July 30–31, 2018 | 9 AM–4 PM

How can oral language proficiency support literacy and school achievement? Offered in collaboration with Everyone Reading, this two-day course will provide strategies to support oral language and auditory development, guiding you through the progression from speaking to reading and writing. Gain strategies as you learn more about oral traditions and non-text-based storytelling.


Art Educator Workshop | Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound

August 9, 2018

10 AM–4 PM

Engage in the study of specific works in the contemporary art exhibition, Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound. Practice an inquiry and arts-based approach that align with both arts and core curriculum. Discover how contemporary Native art can engage the learner and support school and community connections.


Special Educator Open House | Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean

August 16, 2018

5–7:30 PM

Gain insights and inspiration for your students as you view the new exhibition, Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean and meet tekina (teacher) and activist, Jorge Estévez. Enjoy refreshments, connect with colleagues, and obtain resources for your classroom. Email for registration.