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Philippa Rappoport

Manager of Community Engagement
Smithsonian Office of Educational Technology
Smithsonian Staff

I work in community engagement, education, and outreach at the Smithsonian Office of Educational Technology (OET), and have a particular interest in creating collections about culture and heritage, as well as collections to support English and other language learning and the Smithsonian-Montgomery College Fellowship program. At OET over the last several years I have focused on creating digital assets for schools, families, and new immigrant English Language learners to complement teacher professional development and pan-Smithsonian programming, including Learning Lab teaching collections, YouTube videos with tradition bearers, a handmade family stories book-making website, and online heritage tours.

Philippa Rappoport's collections


Student Activity: Looking at the Holocaust through Art

<p>This student activity explores the Holocaust through art - three sculptures and one photograph of an artwork, with additional references to give historical context . Using two of Harvard's Project Zero Thinking Routines, students take a deeper dive into the material through guided looking and by considering the significance of the Holocaust personally, to the country and to the world.</p>
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Teaching for Community without a Classroom: Leveraging Digital Museum Resources for Distance Learning

<p>This collection serves as a companion resource for the Community Works Institute conference series, <em>Teaching for Community without a Classroom. </em></p> <p>The session will introduce participants to the Smithsonian Learning Lab, a free platform that gives users access to millions of digital resources from across the Smithsonian and beyond, as well as the tools to create interactive learning experiences with them. This session will also include an activity exploring Luis Cruz Azaceta's "Shifting States: Iraq" to help students think critically and globally, as well as techniques to consider personal experiences and their connection to museum resources.</p> <p>Included here are an image of the work from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, an explanatory video with curator E. Carmen Ramos, two  Thinking Routines - "See, Think, Wonder" and "The 3 Y's" - from Harvard's Project Zero Visible Thinking and Global Thinking materials, examples of activities using museum objects and personal stories, and supporting materials. This collection is adapted from a larger teaching collection on the same theme (Luis Cruz Azaceta's "Shifting States: Iraq" ( <a href=""></a>), that includes extension activities. </p> <p>This collection was co-created with <a href="">Matthew Decker</a>, <a href="">Jamie Gillan</a>, and  <a href="" target="_blank">Tess Porter</a>.  </p> <p>Keywords: #CommunityInVirtualEd, #LatinoHAC, Latinx, Latino, global competency, competencies, CWI, 3ys</p>
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Teaching with the Smithsonian Learning Lab: A Workshop for George Washington University Faculty and Graduate Students

<p>For the workshop, <strong><em>Teaching with the Smithsonian’s Learning Lab – Millions of Resources at Your Fingertips! </em><strong>(January 8, 2020),</strong> </strong>this is <em>a </em>collection of digital museum resources and instructional strategies.  It includes a warm-up activity, a close-looking exercise, and supporting materials for participants to create their own teaching collections. </p> <p>This collection was co-created with <a href="">Tess Porter</a>. </p><p>#GWTeach</p>
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Theodore Roszak in the Smithsonian collections

<p>Theodore Roszak (1907-1981) was a Polish American painter and sculptor. He emigrated to the United States as a young child, and won the Logan Medal of Art by age 25. He later moved to New York and taught at Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. </p><p>Included in this collection are several works of art and a podcast from the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. You can find other works by searching the collections. </p>
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The Search for an American Identity: Smithsonian-Montgomery College Faculty Fellowship 2019 Opening Panel Resources

<p>This collection serves as an introduction to the opening panel of the 2019 Smithsonian-Montgomery College Faculty Fellowship Program. This year's theme is “The Search for an American Identity: Building a Nation Together.” Three Smithsonian staff members will present at the opening panel, including David Penney (Associate Director of Research and Scholarship at the National Museum of the American Indian), Ranald Woodaman (Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at the Smithsonian Latino Center), and Paula Johnson (Curator at the National Museum of American History). Their bios, presentation descriptions, and other resources are included inside.</p><p>As you explore the resources be sure to jot down any questions you may have for the presenters. </p><p>It's going to be a great seminar series!<br /><br /><br />#MCteach</p>
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The Smithsonian's Caribbean Indigenous Legacies Project: Celebrating Taíno Culture

<p>This topical collection contains information about the Smithsonian's Caribbean Indigenous Legacies Project: Celebrating Taíno Culture, with links to the Heye Center exhibition, "Taíno : Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean," and to a related public program/webcast, "Taíno: A Symposium in Conversation with the Movement," from the National Museum of the American Indian. </p> <p><a href="" class="addthis_button_facebook at300b" title="Facebook"></a><a href="" class="addthis_button_twitter at300b" title="Twitter"><span class="at-icon-wrapper"></span></a></p> <p><a href="" class="addthis_button_reddit at300b" target="_blank" title="Reddit"><span class="at-icon-wrapper"></span></a></p> <p><a href="" class="addthis_button_google_plusone_share at300b" target="_blank" title="Google+"><span class="at-icon-wrapper"></span></a></p> <p><a href="" class="addthis_button_google_classroom at300b" target="_blank" title="Google Classroom"><span class="at-icon-wrapper"></span></a></p> <p><a href="" class="addthis_button_pinterest at300b"></a><a href="" class="addthis_button_tumblr at300b" target="_blank" title="Tumblr"><span class="at-icon-wrapper"></span></a></p> <p> <a href="" class="addthis_button_email at300b" target="_blank" title="Email"><span class="at-icon-wrapper"></span></a></p>
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Toward a More Inclusive America through the Arts: Statues of Liberty and other National Symbols

<p>This collection asks students to explore the importance of national symbols to our cultural, political, and collective identity. By examining symbols that are meant to reflect our highest ideals as a nation - the Statue of Liberty, the American flag, the Star Spangled Banner, the Battle Hymn of the Republic, and other cultural artifacts - and their many interpretations, students will consider difficult questions facing us today: Who is included? Who decides? Why and how do people use national symbols as a way to protest? How have our notions and ideals of liberty changed over time?</p> <p>Included here are </p> <ul><li>images of the artifacts and supporting objects</li><li>three suggested Thinking Routines - "See, Think, Wonder," "Think, Feel, Care," and "The 3 Ys" - from Harvard's Project Zero Artful and Global Thinking materials<br></li><li>supporting interpretive videos, podcasts, and articles</li><li>a discussion/writing prompt</li></ul> <p>For use in Social Studies, Spanish, English, Social Studies, Ethnic Studies, and American History classes<br></p> <p>#EthnicStudies #LatinoHAC </p> <p></p>
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Training Workshop for NJ Arts Integration and Cultural Competency Project

<p>This collection includes digital museum resources and replicable activities that will serve as a springboard for discussion during a training with teachers participating in the <em>Arts Integration and Cultural Competency Professional Support for New Jersey Educators</em> project. <br></p> <p>This collection was co-created with <a href="">Tess Porter</a>.  It was copied and adapted from a collection (included below) by <a href="">Ashley Naranjo</a>, that was designed to prompt discussion about identity, immigration, "master" or dominant narratives in history, and hero myths. </p> <p>This program received Federal support from the Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.</p> <p>Keyword: Roger Shimomura<br>#APAArtsIntegration<br></p>
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Unsettled Nature: Art and Science as Argument

<p>This collection serves as a preview for the sixth of six seminar sessions in the 2020 Smithsonian-Montgomery College Faculty Fellowship Program. This year's theme is “Humans and the Footprints We Leave: Climate Change and Other Critical Challenges." </p> <p>Two Smithsonian staff members, Elizabeth Dale-Deines and Joanne Marsh,  will discuss content and educational strategies related to the joint exhibition, <em>Unsettled Nature, </em>from the <em></em>Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Museum of Natural History.<em><br></em></p> <p>Resources included in this collection have been recommended by the presenters for participants to explore before the seminar itself.<br></p> <p>#MCteach</p>
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"We the People": Flash Card Activity and Template

<p>This collection includes a variety of resources on the theme, "We the People," a template document  for teachers to create their own  flashcard activity with Learning Lab images, and strategies to use them.</p> <p>This collection was created for the 2018 cohort of the Smithsonian-Montgomery College Faculty Fellowship Program on the theme, "We the People: America's Grand and Radical Experiment with Democracy." But anyone can use it.</p> <p>Strategies: Begin by selecting your own set of images. (Feel free to copy this collection and then adapt as you like.) When creating your flashcards, use the template from the last learning tile, and add relevant text diagonally below the object. Print double-sided flipping on the SHORT side.</p> <p>After distributing the cards, have students select one or two that speak to them. Then have them discuss the following questions in groups and share out.</p> <p>Supporting Questions:<br />What themes do you see?<br />Do you see these themes across the objects and over time?</p> <p>Essential Questions:<br />Using these images, define American Democracy.<br />What other resources might you use to tell a fuller story?</p><p><br /></p><p>Keywords: #MCteach</p> <p><br /></p>
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We the People: Smithsonian-Montgomery College Faculty Fellowship 2018 Opening Panel Resources

<p>This collection serves as an introduction to the opening panel of the 2018 Smithsonian-Montgomery College Faculty Fellowship Program. This year's theme is “We the People: America’s Grand and Radical Experiment with Democracy.” The title for the opening panel is "The Smithsonian Institution: “A Community of Learning and the Opener of Doors.” <br /><br />Four Smithsonian staff members will present, including Richard Kurin (SI Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador-at-Large, Office of the Secretary), Jessica Johnson (Digital Engagement Producer, National Museum of African American History and Culture), Lisa Sasaki (Director, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center), and Chris Wilson (Director, Program in African American Culture, National Museum of American History). Their bios, presentation descriptions, and other resources are included here.<br /><br /><br />#MCteach </p>
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When Irish American eyes are smilin'

<p>This is a collection of objects, from the National Museum of American History, that were selected by museum staff for what they reveal about the Irish American experience.</p><p><em>The manager of Museum Advisory Committees in the museum's Office of External Affairs, Daniel Gifford is a scholar of holidays (see his post on <a href="">Thanksgiving cartoons</a>) and the history of vacationing in America. Timothy Winkle is the deputy chair and curator in the Division of Home and Community Life. Eric Jentsch is the deputy chair and curator in the Division of Culture and the Arts. Christy Wallover is a project assistant in the Division of Armed Forces History.</em><br /></p>
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