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First-Generation College and Career Readiness: A Link to Visual Literacy Skill Development

First-Generation College and Career Readiness: A Link to Visual Literacy Skill Development By: Le’Passion Darby, Instructional Designer for Tech & Tour.   While there is materiality to campus artifacts, they interface with campus constituents in interpretative ways to produce multiple meanings, and these artifacts can be photographed for discussions of campus culture. Dr. James Banning, Professor Emeritus, School of Education, Colorado State University ...

Austin's Asian American Pacific Islander Roots

Austin's Asian American Pacific Islander Roots By: Hanna Huang, Culture & Arts Education Coordinator and Acting Supervisor of the City of Austin Asian American Resource Center When the Asian American Resource Center (AARC) in Austin, Texas, embarked on the project of hosting a Smithsonian Learning Lab Teacher Creativity Studio, I knew we would be working on a solid foundation. For the nearly five years the AARC has been open, our education team has been working to define Asian...

What It Takes to Engage Teachers with Digital Museum Resources: Five Lessons Learned

What It Takes to Engage Teachers with Digital Museum Resources: Five Lessons Learned By: Michelle Knovic Smith, Associate Director, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access  Wherever you are on the journey to digitize museum collections, there are questions to address regarding who will use these millions of digital assets, and how. Teachers and their students seem to be obvious audiences, but what does it really take to be accessible, relevant, and useful to th...

Beneath the Text: Analyzing Letters from Seattle’s Chinatown-International District

Beneath the Text: Analyzing Letters from Seattle’s Chinatown-International District By: Rahul Gupta, Education and Tours Director, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience  Teachers approach me in my work as Education Director at the Wing Luke Museum and ask repeatedly for resources they can use in their classrooms: resources that give students practice viewing and analyzing history through multiple perspectives. In our collection, we have a trove of...

Who Belongs?: Using Collections to Think about Immigration

Who Belongs?: Using Collections to Think about Immigration By: Laura Lamarre Anderson, Grade 4 Teacher, STEM Academy at the Rogers School in Lowell, MA I am immersed in work for my certification to become a Reading Specialist, fine tuning my skills in reaching struggling readers. At some point in every text, the authors and researchers stress the need to connect with student interests and to build on strengths to shore up weaknesses. With this in mind, I started pullin...