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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 in grades 3-12 (ages 8-18) designed to encourage multiple perspective-taking and  build critical thinking skills. Our initiatives encourage students to explore, question, and create history in order to develop self-pride and inspire life-long learning.

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 Learning Labs

Continue your experience with the museum at home!

Learning Lab from the Smithsonian Institution is a free, interactive platform for learners and educators. Users can explore well-known and lesser-known moments of history through millions of authentic, digital resources, create content with online tools, and share in the Smithsonian's expansive community of knowledge and learning​.

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Reading Resources

Created for 3rd - 12th grade students and educators, the book selections, comprised of non-fiction and fiction, are curated to provide enrichment about African American history and culture based on the permanent and temporary exhibitions.

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Through the Window and into the Mirror: Narratives of African American STEM Professionals

A Career Conversation Series

The NMAAHC invites middle and high school students to join us as we explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Through the Window and into the Mirror is a video conversation series about the experiences of African American STEM professionals today. 

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National History Day at NMAAHC

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is eager to support students who are engaging in historical research for projects, especially those related to National History Day. As the national museum devoted to telling the American story through the African American lens, the NMAAHC can assist students in exploring multiple perspectives in history by providing access to primary sources, supporting materials and expert mentorship. 

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Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world

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  • A group of students that participated in the Young Historians Institute (2019)
  • Students that participated in the Power of the Written Word (2019)
  • TWLI participants (2014)
    TWLI participants (2014)
  • Facilitators read and discuss with participants (2014)
    Facilitators read and discuss with participants (2014)
  • Students visit NMAAHC for STEM workshop (2018)
  • Staff works with students in STEM Workshop (2018)
  • Students participate in a team building activity which uses Jenga pieces to encourage collaboration. (2014)
    Students participate in a team building activity which uses Jenga pieces to encourage collaboration. (2014)
  • Students participate in National History Day at NMAAHC morning program (2017)
  • Students stand on a circle to participate in a listening exercise
    "The Wright Family" listening exercise (2015)
  • Students enjoy a laugh during a workshop (2018)
  • Group discussion in the D.W. Reynolds Center courtyard (2014)
    Group discussion in the D.W. Reynolds Center courtyard (2014)
  • Students stand in front of the Changing America NMAAHC exhibition
    TWLI participants visited the NMAAHC gallery (2013)
  • Students visit galleries during National History Day contest (2017)
  • Students visit galleries during Young Historians Institute (2019)
  • Students gather to take a group selfie photo (2015)
    Students gather to take a group selfie photo (2015)

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