We believe education is a key component to personal and societal betterment.
The Teaching and Learning Unit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture creates programs and resources for students and educators in grades 3-12 designed to strengthen pedagogy skills, cultivate cultural literacy knowledge, and encourage multiple perspective taking while building change agents in today’s world.
In addition to the Teaching and Learning Unit, NMAAHC's The Early Childhood Education Initiative provides resources and support to to the parents, caregivers, and educators of early learners. The programs and initiatives from ECEI seek to empower, enrich, and educate young children from birth to 8 years old.
NMAAHC's offerings for educators are designed to stimulate new ways of thinking and cultivate a passion for lifelong learning.
Engage in Lifelong Learning
Our programs for educators range from one-day professional learning to multi-day institutes. All of our programs are research-based and incorporate best practices in adult education, pedagogy, and classroom strategies.
The Teaching and Learning team hopes to inspire educators with stories from African American history so they feel empowered to share diverse narratives with their students.
Our professional development events strive to:
- Provide a different lens through which to understand American history
- Model strategies for integrating object-based learning and African American primary sources into the classroom
- Explore methods for discussing the history of race and racism within the school environment
Let's Talk! Dialogue on Race Initiative
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is committed to inspiring a more tolerant and inclusive society. A signature program of NMAAHC, Let's Talk! seeks to impact the dialogue around race, racism, and other challenging topics through work with educators, parents, and the general public.
You can learn more about this program and the museum's initiative on race and racism here.
Expand your Educational Toolkit
In addition to professional development events, the Teaching and Learning team offers a variety of resources to help educators engage their students in African American history.
Our educational resources are designed to:
- Interpret African American history through multiple lenses
- Highlight collection objects and primary source documents related to African American history and culture
- Facilitate conversation around the nuanced history of African Americans
Connect with the Museum
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is proud to provide opportunities for community outreach.
Artists at Home
This school year, NMAAHC is offering a digital, interactive art program for teachers of grades 3-8 and their classes. Adapted from our summer program, “Artists at Home” is designed to engage students in hands-on art making and conversations about African American artists and different genres of visual art.
To enhance your learning experience, our museum offers docent-led gallery introductions, abundant audio-visual components throughout the galleries, interactive elements, and a museum mobile app with expanded stories.
Support Healthy Development
The Early Childhood Education Initiative (ECEI) at the museum seeks to empower, enrich, and educate young children, from birth to 8 years old, and provide resources and support to the parents, caregivers, and educators of early learners.
In partnership with families and educators, NMAAHC and ECEI are in a unique position to support the youngest members of our society by providing age-appropriate programming for children; resources for adults at the museum and online; professional development opportunities for educators; and research-based publications.
Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.Marian Wright Edelman Educator