Center for Teaching and Learning @ NMAAHC


We believe education is a key component to personal and societal betterment.

Our programs and resources are designed to ignite critical thinking skills and creativity, to generate self-pride and inspire life-long learning for diverse audiences.

Early Childhood Education Initiative

The Early Childhood Education Initiative (ECEI) at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) 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.

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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.   We seek to impact the dialogue around race, racism and other challenging topics through work with educators, parents and the general public.

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Professional Learning Events

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 NMAAHC wants educators to be inspired by the African American story and in turn share their excitement with their students!

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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

African Americans have long been a part of the fabric of STEM in U.S. culture, yet these contributions have often be ignored, reduced, or omitted from history. NMAAHC highlights stories of challenge and triumph while exploring the principles, practices, and societal impacts behind the amazing stories of African American achievement in STEM. Our research-based and culturally-responsive programs incorporate best practices in STEM pedagogy and classroom strategies. The NMAAHC wants to encourage knowledge of STEM principles, enhance STEM literacy and inspire visitors through the story of African Americans contribution in STEM.  

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Educator Opportunity Corner

Want to get involved with the Education Department??  Looking to share your passion for African American history with others?

We are seeking teacher facilitators for student programming and reviewers for education resources.


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Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.

Marian Wright Edelman Educator