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Discover how to use museum resources and methods to bring new excitement into your classroom. Many Smithsonian museums offer scheduled classes for educators as well as customized training.

Art & Design

The Hirshhorn’s education program offers a professional development series for teachers interested in bringing project-based learning to the classroom.  Learn more

Summer Institutes:  Teaching the Humanities through Art
Be inspired this summer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in Washington, D.C.  Join teachers of grades 6-12 for an exploration of the connections among American art, social studies, and language arts. The week-long institutes will be held July 10-14 and July 24-28, 2017.  Applications due April 2.
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Professional Development Workshops at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Smithsonian American Art Museum brings its wide-ranging collections to life in an equally wide range of workshops for classroom teachers. Educational materials and refreshments are provided at each session.
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Posters to Go
In workshops held by the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, receive a series of posters on themes in American art.
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Art as a Primary Source

Smithsonian American Art Museum offer a wide variety of professional development educator programs.

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