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Gain new teaching tools from museum educators

Professional Certificate in
The Smithsonian Summer Sessions: Teaching with Museum Objects
SmithsonianX

What you will learn

  • Gain expertise from educators from multiple Smithsonian museums through recorded video sessions.
  • Reflect and share ideas with a community of educators via discussion forums.
  • Explore inquiry-based strategies for integrating museum objects and works of art into your teaching, whether in the classroom or online.
  • Learn to use the Smithsonian Learning Lab to curate digital resource collections and share lesson ideas.

Educators, discover how museum objects and inquiry-based strategies can enhance your students’ learning across the curriculum! Enroll in this three-course series led by museum educators from across the Smithsonian Institution and gain new teaching tools you can immediately put to use in your classroom. Learn to use Harvard Project Zero thinking routines with museum objects to cultivate critical thinking, and practice curating digital resource collections using the Smithsonian Learning Lab.

Teachers of all subjects and grades are welcome to register in these courses. The program content will be most readily applicable to humanities teachers.

Expert instruction
3 skill-building courses
Self-paced
Progress at your own speed
11 months
1 - 2 hours per week
Discounted price: $135
Pre-discounted price: $149.97USD
For the full program experience

Courses in this program

  1. SmithsonianX's The Smithsonian Summer Sessions: Teaching with Museum Objects Professional Certificate

  2. 1–2 hours per week, for 14 weeks

    Educators from four Smithsonian museums will explore connections among their collections and model teaching strategies that participants can implement with their students, whether online or in the classroom.

  3. 1–2 hours per week, for 14 weeks

    Educators from six Smithsonian museums will dive deeply into the objects in their collections to interrogate the stories we know and tell our students. They will explore connections among their collections and model teaching strategies that participants can implement with their students.

  4. 1–2 hours per week, for 14 weeks

    Discover how museum objects can help learners explore the challenges and opportunities of living in a democracy and inspire civic action.

    • Career prospects for people with similar training include: K-12 Arts Integration Specialist, K-12 Social studies teacher, K-12 English/language arts teacher, K-12 Arts teacher, K-12 Instructional Coach, K-12 Librarian, K-12 Technology Coordinator.
    • Teaching skills developed: inquiry-based teaching methods including Project Zero thinking routines; teaching with primary sources; arts integration; civic education.
    • Technical skills developed: using the Smithsonian Learning Lab to curate digital museum resource collections.

Meet your instructors
from The Smithsonian Institution (SmithsonianX)

Maureen Leary
Early Learning Programs Manager
National Postal Museum
Candra Flanagan
Staff Lead, Teaching and Learning
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Abby Pfisterer
Education Specialist
National Museum of American History
Dr. Orlando Serrano
Manager, Youth and Teacher Programs
National Museum of American History
Ashleigh D. Coren
Women's History Content and Interpretation Curator
National Portrait Gallery
Briana Zavadil White
Head of Education
National Portrait Gallery
Elizabeth Dale-Deines
Teacher Programs Coordinator
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Phoebe Hillemann
Teacher Institutes Educator
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Tess Porter
Digital Content Producer
Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
Dr. Philippa Rappoport
Manager of Community Engagement
Smithsonian Office of Educational Technology
Kirsten McNally
Manager of Integration Programs
Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
Cecilia Vidal
Education Associate of Integration Programs
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Jessie Aucoin
Director of Education & Visitor Services
National Postal Museum
Anna Fogerson Hindley
Director, Early Childhood Education Initiative
National Museum of African American History and Culture

Experts from SmithsonianX committed to teaching online learning

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Discounted price: $135
Pre-discounted price: $149.97USD
3 courses in 11 months
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