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Many Lenses, Many Perspectives: African American History Resources on the Smithsonian Learning Lab

by: Candra Flanagan, Coordinator, Student and Teacher Initiatives, National Museum of African American History and Culture In her widely acclaimed 2009 TEDTalk, novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaks of the danger of the single story. “The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” One of the most important skills a student of history (whatever one’s age) develops i…

2017 Year in Review

Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year from the Learning Lab team here in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access! We are so inspired by the thoughtful and creative ways in which you, and the other 20,000 registered users of the Lab have mixed and mashed the resources of the 19 museums, 9 research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo, that make up the Smithsonian. We hope, in the year to come, that you will continue to find the resources and t…

American Indian Heritage Month: An Opportunity to Try New Ways of Educating about Native Americans

by Edwin Schupman, Manager of National Education, National Museum of the American Indian Are you tired of the same old lessons about ancient American Indian food, clothing, and shelter? Why not use this year’s American Indian Heritage month to try something new and different from the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)? The museum is engaged in Native Knowledge 360°, an exciting new national initiative to support improved teaching and learning about the Native peoples of the west…

New Resources for National History Day 2018: Conflict and Compromise in History

By: Tess Porter, Education Support Specialist, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access We wanted to let you know about some great new resources available for Conflict and Compromise in History.  You may know the challenges of helping students brainstorm exciting and relevant topics for which they’ll find authoritative supporting documentation and resources. The Smithsonian and other great repositories of historical resources are here to give you exactly what you need!  Ed…

Top 8 Reasons Why and How We Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

by Emily Key, Education Programs Manager, and Adrián Aldaba, Associate to the Director and Programs, Smithsonian Latino Center Every year across America communities gather together to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed September 15 to October 15. Starting in July, Smithsonian educators receive phone calls and emails inquiring about resources that will help showcase these communities and their contributions to American society.  So this year, we decided to an…