Educator Programs

Professional development opportunities for teachers at the National Museum of the American Indian can benefit educators in all subject areas. Workshops span a range of topics and enable teachers to discover analytical approaches to connect the museum's collections and content with classroom teaching strategies. Sessions help educators explore new content about American Indian cultures and history and encourage new methods for teaching with objects in the classroom. Workshops include take-home materials and classroom resources, as well as new ideas for interdisciplinary curriculum connections.

Learn about the NMAI's educational resources—including curriculum for the classroom, teacher workshops, and educational strategies—in the museum’s free, quarterly teacher e-newsletter.

Visit this page regularly for information on upcoming NMAI workshops and special offerings for educators. Join the email list to receive announcements throughout the school year. Email the NMAI in Washington, D.C. (nmai-education@si.edu) or New York, N.Y. (nmai-ny-education@si.edu) with education-related inquiries.


Educator Programs in Washington, DC


Traditional Native American Games

National Museum of the American Indian
Washington, D.C.
January 26, 2018
4 PM–5:30 PM

Through hands-on learning, explore how traditional Native American games in your classroom help build community, are culturally relevant, and support learning across disciplines. The National Museum of the American Indian provides opportunities to engage with Native games experts, deepen your knowledge of Native cultures, and have fun! Recommended for K–12 school teachers. The event is free and spaces are limited. Online registration is required.

Educator Programs in New York, NY


American Indian Boarding School Experience

National Museum of the American Indian
Diker Pavilion, Ground Level
New York, NY
January 29, 2018
9 AM–3 PM

This session examines the American Indian boarding school experience, and the complex issues of identity as owned by one group and perceived by others. Teachers will consider case studies of two of the first all-Indian boarding schools and their attempts to "Americanize" Native American students. In collaboration with Facing History and Ourselves. Online registration is required.

Image: Tears of our Children, Tears for our Children, Quilt, Susan Hudson (Diné), 2013.