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Ashley Naranjo

Education and Outreach Strategist
Smithsonian Institution
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Ashley Naranjo, M.Ed. is a museum educator, specializing in the use of digital resources for teaching and learning. She currently manages distance learning initiatives and education partnerships for the Smithsonian. Portfolio highlights have included: the Smithsonian Quests digital badging program, Smithsonian Online Education Conferences, Smithsonian Learning Lab nationwide teacher professional development, Teachers of the Year programming at the Smithsonian, “Explore with Smithsonian Experts” video series, and Smithsonian print publication guides.

Before coming to the Smithsonian, she has had experiences in education in both formal and informal learning spaces: as an ESOL instructor for adults, a middle school teacher in the humanities and a summer programs administrator. She holds a B.A. in Human Development (Developmental Psychology) from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, where she was a research assistant and independent study student in the Laboratory of Thinking, Learning & Cognition in the Arts. She completed a M.Ed. in Learning Design and Technology from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, with a thesis entitled, “Using Digital Museum Resources in the Classroom”. She is a 2019 graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute’s NextGen of Museum Leaders program.

Ashley Naranjo's collections


Asian Pacific American Activists and Leaders

<p>This topical collection includes resources about Asian Pacific American activists and leaders of important political, social, and labor movements. The collection includes portraits, short biographies, videos, and blog posts.<br /></p> <p>Teachers and students may use this collection as a springboard for classroom discussions about activism. This collection is not comprehensive, but rather provides a launching point for research and study.<br /></p> <p></p> <p><em>This Smithsonian Learning Lab collection received Federal support from the Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. </em><span></span> </p> <p>Keywords: Yuri Kochiyama, Grace Lee Boggs, Mitsuye Endo, Ram Bagai, Larry Itliong, Norman Mineta, Fred Korematsu, Daniel Ken Inouye, Minoru Yasui, Regie Cabico, Wong Chin Foo, Chew-Een Lee, Noriko Sawada Bridges Flynn, Richard Aoki, South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association (SALGA), Wong Ar Chong, workers' rights, human rights, Civil Rights Movement, Japanese Incarceration, Japanese Internment, politician, lawyer, spoken word poet, immigration, LGBT, Japanese American, Chinese American, Indian American, Filipino American</p> <p>  #APA2018 #EthnicStudies</p> <p></p>
Ashley Naranjo

Exploring Our Planet through Satellite Images

<p>Resources supporting the March 2016 Google Hangout facilitated by the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in coordination with the Smithsonian Office of Educational Technology, including a resource list compiled by Dr. Steven H. Williams, Chief of STEM Engagement at NASM.</p>
Ashley Naranjo

English Language Learning with Artifacts and Portraits

<p>This collection for teachers brings together relevant learning resources and an archived webinar (collaboration between the Smithsonian and American English "Shaping the Way We Teach English" webinars from the U.S. Department of State). It includes a webinar with three educators from the National Museum of American History, National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian Office of Educational Technology. During the webinar, strategies are explored for engaging students in looking at and analyzing portraits, as well as eliciting thoughtful questions about objects that help tell a story. The webinar also features an emphasis on how visuals, such as collection objects, photographs, artworks and videos with experts, can serve as a springboard for rich discussions and inspire curiosity in the classroom and beyond.</p>
Ashley Naranjo

Using Digital Resources to Integrate Asian Pacific American Experiences in the Classroom

<p>In this collection, Smithsonian Affiliate museums and the Smithsonian Learning Lab team share free digital resources and strategies to integrate Asian Pacific American history, culture, and the arts into your K-12 classroom, via a Google Hangout. Presenters highlight a set of Smithsonian Learning Lab collections that teachers can adapt and use to examine a breadth of topics, from the 1800's to the present and on both local and national scales, in ways that best suit their students’ needs.</p> <p> Find <a href="" class="yt-simple-endpoint style-scope yt-formatted-string" style="background-color:rgb(63,63,63);">#APA2018</a> Smithsonian Learning Lab collections at: <a href="" class="yt-simple-endpoint style-scope yt-formatted-string" style="background-color:rgb(63,63,63);"></a></p> <p>This online session received Federal support from the Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.</p> <p><u>Presenters:</u></p> <ul><li>Kristin Gallas – Program Manager for Education Development, <a href="" target="_blank">Tsongas Industrial History Center</a> (Lowell, MA) </li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Rahul Gupta</a> – Education and Tours Director, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (Seattle, WA) </li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Hanna Huang</a> – Culture and Arts Education Coordinator, Asian American Resource Center (Austin, TX) </li><li><a href="">Ashley Naranjo</a> – Manager of Educator Engagement, Smithsonian Office of Educational Technology</li><li><a href="" target="_blank" style="background-color: rgb(63, 63, 63);">John Plunkett</a> – Reading-Language Arts Teacher, Lowell Public School District (Lowell, MA) </li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Tess Porter</a> – Education Support Specialist, Smithsonian Office of Educational Technology</li></ul> <p></p>
Ashley Naranjo