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Join Us on a Summer Road Trip

By: Ashley Naranjo, Smithsonian Office of the Undersecretary for Education NEW! K–8 Activity Guide Smithsonian in collaboration with USA TODAY presentSummer Road Trip, A Smithsonian at-home activity guide Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III recalls, “When I was young, I remember traveling with my family for summer vacations. As the son of two teachers, each drive turned into an opportunity to learn and have fun, whether learning some French during a trek into Canada or ...

A Survey of Masks at the Smithsonian: Using Research to Find Connections and Shape Intellectual Inquiry

By Emily Szasz, Education Associate, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum In April of 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of Smithsonian colleagues convened to discuss the topic on everyone’s minds: that of masks, seemingly the last barrier of protection available to each of us individually during such an outbreak. Whether going to work in an essential position or picking up food in a grocery store, a mask provides—or at the very least, symbolizes&mda...

Talking with Children about COVID-19

Talking with Children about COVID-19 Author: Cynthia Raso, Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center The Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC), founded in 1988, is a model early childhood program that utilizes the Smithsonian's vast collections as the foundation for its curriculum. In addition to its school, SEEC serves the broader community through family programs and educator workshops.  It’s important to talk with children about the pandemic, but knowing how to go ab...

A Woman’s Place Is in the Curriculum: Teaching Women’s History through American Art and Portraiture

A Woman’s Place Is in the Curriculum: Teaching Women’s History through American Art and Portraiture By: Anne Showalter, Digital Interpretation Specialist, Smithsonian American Art Museum  As the digital interpretation specialist at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), I am always looking for opportunities to share our collection beyond the physical walls of the museum itself. Recently I worked with a team of educators at my museum and the National Portrait G...

Global Thinking Across the Curriculum

Global Thinking Across the Curriculum By: Tess Porter, Digital Content Producer, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access Are you trying to prepare your students to succeed in our increasingly interconnected world? Looking for ideas and methods to help your students analyze real issues, understand and appreciate others’ perspectives, and take action? Check out the following interdisciplinary collections created by elementary to high ...