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Events and Professional Development

Join the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access staff to learn more about the Smithsonian Learning Lab at these events.

Upcoming Events

Global Competence Activities for World Language Classrooms
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
6–7 PM, ET

Discover classroom-tested, ready-to-use teaching resources to enhance the World Language curriculum and foster students’ communication, critical thinking, and collaboration skills. Two Spanish-language teachers present activities for middle and high school language classrooms, all grounded in Project Zero Thinking Routines and Global Competence strategies and designed to promote global-mindedness, curiosity, and empathy. Presenters: Vicky Masson, Christ Episcopal School (MD), Marcela Velikovsky, Bullis School (MD), and Philippa Rappoport, Smithsonian Learning Lab

Teacher Showcase: Curating Digital Museum Content with Visible Thinking Routines
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
1–3 PM, ET

During the 2018-2019 school year, teacher teams from ten districts in the Greater Pittsburgh region collaborated with museum educators from the Smithsonian and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, as well as education leaders integrating Harvard University Project Zero ideas, to learn how to apply research-based approaches to the use of museum collections in the classroom. Through reflective professional practice, including fellowships, in-person workshops and museum events, teachers created model digital teaching collections that demonstrate how to use these approaches with students at the elementary level. This culminating event will showcase the work of the teachers and spotlight promising practices in the collaborations between classroom teachers and museums.

Online Office Hours
Tuesdays at 4PM, ET

Have a burning question for the Learning Lab team? Need help finding a resource or using one of the Lab’s tools and features? Just want to say "hello"? Take a minute to tune in to our live Q&A. Drop by anytime between 4 and 5!

Tuesday, April 23
Office Hours with Ashley Naranjo, Manager of Educator Engagement, Smithsonian Learning Lab

Tuesday, April 30
Office Hours with Darren Milligan, Director, Smithsonian Learning Lab

Professional Development

Looking for an in person or online customized professional development training for you and your colleagues? Contact us to discuss the possibilities.

Past Events

March 20, 2019
Deep Dive into the Collection: Teaching the African American Experience
with the Smithsonian Learning Lab

February 28, 2019
Baseball and the Postal Service: Teaching Race and Gender through Two American Institutions

December 12, 2018
Teaching the African American Experience with the Smithsonian Learning Lab

December 7, 2018
Video Gaming with a Purpose: Meet a Smithsonian Museum Game Designer

November 14, 2018
MCN 2018
Cultivating Global Competency with Digital Access and International Collaboration

November 14, 2018
MCN 2018
Teaching Math with Art: Get Ready for the Educational Future of Digital Objects

November 14, 2018
Cleveland History Center (Cleveland, OH)
Smithsonian Learning Lab Teacher Workshop
(download flyer)

October 24, 2018
Introducing STEM Concepts to Young Children

October 20, 2018
Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
Smithsonian Learning Lab Teacher Workshop
(download flyer)

October 13, 2018 
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Unconstitutional Deportation of Mexicans and Mexican Americans during the 1930s
(download flyer)

Wednesday, September 26
Arts Integration in the History Classroom

Tuesday, August 21
Getting to Know You: Icebreaker Ideas with the Smithsonian Learning Lab

February 21, 2018
Asian American Resource Center, City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (Austin, TX)
Teacher Creativity Studios: Asian Pacific American (APA) Cultural Presence in the Classroom

November 17, 2017
National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference 
Teaching World History with Authentic Digital Resources from the Smithsonian

October 3, 2017 
National History Day Webinar
Explore ‘Conflict and Compromise’ with the Smithsonian Learning Lab and EDSITEment (video archive)

October 2, 2017
2017 Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference
Workshop 1: Smithsonian Learning Lab

September 28, 2017
Heinz History Center
Educator Open House

May 16, 2017
National Humanities Center
Using Museum Objects to Drive Inquiry with the Smithsonian Learning Lab (event recording)

May 4, 2017
InterpTech 2017
Your Park + Smithsonian = Digital Learning Collections for All!

May 2, 2017
Adobe Digital Government Symposium 2017
Discover, Create, Share with the Smithsonian Learning Lab

April 30, 2017
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
A Design Based Research Approach to Improving Professional Development and Teacher Knowledge: The Case of the Smithsonian Learning Lab

April 28, 2017
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Promoting Historical Thinking: Lessons from Teachers' Use of the Smithsonian Learning Lab

April 20, 2017
Museums and the Web
Discovering, Creating, and Sharing Digital Museum Resources: Understanding the Needs and Behaviors of Youth Users

April 4, 2017, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Northeast Regional Conference on the Social Studies
Inquiring Minds: Gathering and Evaluating Sources with the Smithsonian

April 1, 2017
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
A New Tool for Using Smithsonian Resources to Support Science in the Classroom

January 24, 2017
National Art Education Association (NAEA)
Discover Digital Museum Resources through the Smithsonian Learning Lab

December 3, 2016
National Council for the Social Studies Conference, Washington, D.C.
Inquiring Minds: Gathering and Evaluating Sources with the Smithsonian

November 8, 2016
Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference
Bring the Smithsonian to your Classroom

November 3, 2016
Museum Computer Network Conference
Primary Source Platforms Specifically for Teachers and Students?

September 21, 2016
Facebook Live Q&A with ASCD & the Smithsonian (video archive)

June 28, 2016
Bring Your Own Device Workshop: Digital Creation with Real Substance: Smithsonian Learning Lab

June 27, 2016 
Make and take your own digital collection with Smithsonian Learning Lab

June 11, 2016
Classroom 2.0 LIVE! Webinar
Discover, Create, and Share with Smithsonian Resources (archive)

May 26–27, 2016
American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting
Introduction to the Smithsonian Learning Lab

April 14, 2016
Digital Collections in the K–12 Classroom: Connecting with Teachers and Students

April 7, 2016
Museums and the Web
Moving from Downloads to Uploads: Towards an understanding of the curricular implications of access to large scale digitized museum collections on the professional practice of K–12 classroom educators

April 5, 2016
Smithsonian Learning Lab: Towards Achieving Interoperability
Privacy, Transparency and Safeguards: Legal Aspects of a Personalized Learning Platform

April 2, 2016
ASCD Annual Conference
Making Teacher-Curated Collections in the Smithsonian Learning Lab

April 2, 2016
Smithsonian People, Passion, Purpose
Discover. Create. Share.

March 9, 2016
Museums Give Teachers Control to Create (slides)

November 21, 2015
Exhibit Your Creativity: Make New Resources with the Smithsonian (slides)

November 14, 2015
Creating Teaching Collections with Museum Resources (slides)

November 6, 2015
Museum Computer Network
Museum Collections and the Personalization of Education (slides)