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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…

Breaking the Ice

Here’s a fresh way to start the school year: Use Smithsonian Learning Lab to get to know your students and introduce them to each other. The best part? You’ll also be incorporating digital media skills that will set the foundation for the school year!  My Smithsonian Closet: The idea behind this activity came from my colleague, Kate Harris. Students curate the details of an outfit based on images and artifacts from the Smithsonian’s collections.  From aluminum-coated space boots to …

Back to School

Think back to your own student days and you may remember anticipating the beginning of a new year. I am still nostalgic over the smell of new, freshly sharpened pencils; a colorful Trapper keeper to stay organized; and the lengthy list of all the novels we would be reading through the year.  As students, we might not have realized all the hard work our teachers were putting in during the summer months. Fast forward to this past summer when I had the great fortune to watch more than 180 tea…

Mr. Lee Goes to Washington

By: Ernie Lee, 2017 Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access- Council for Chief State School Officers Teacher Fellow; 2016 Georgia Teacher of the Year This summer, as the 2017 Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) and Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Teacher Fellow, I had the opportunity to research Manifest Destiny and the Indian Removal Act for a series of lessons I’m currently developing. Being in Washington, D.C., was a h…