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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 about it can be tricky. In this post, the Smithsonian Early E…

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 Gallery to develop/produce/create a teaching poster set and related webinar series designed to bring diverse women’s stor…

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 school teachers to educate for global competence – defined as “the capacity and d…

Developing Global Competence in the World Language Classroom

By: Marcela Velikovsky and Vicky Masson2018 “Smithsonian Virtual Teacher Curricula Creation Fellows” with the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, and Participants at the National Portrait Gallery "Learning to Look" Summer Institute. “People, Place, and Time: How Art Reflects Culture” Being Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) Fellows was an enriching experience and a journey full of surprises and opportunities that has led to a long-term relationship.…

National History Day: Digital Resources for “Breaking Barriers”

By: Tess Porter, Digital Content Producer, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access Looking for resources to inspire and support students’ National History Day research? We’re here to help! Educators across the Smithsonian and other organizations, such as the National Endowment for the Humanities’ EDSITEment, have collaborated to gather primary and secondary sources to empower students’ success in researching this year’s theme, Breaking Barriers in History. Each collection of resource…