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Teaching & Learning 2014

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Pre-Conference Workshops

Learning comes alive at these unique pre-conference workshops held throughout Washington, D.C. And, they are available only for T&L participants! So, register for the conference THEN select the workshop you would like to attend from the list below. Once prompted, enter the password that was provided on the confirmation page and also in the e-mail you received upon registering for the conference. Questions? Contact

Reading American Art: 21st Century Literacy in Your Classroom


How can American art help students become better readers, writers, and critical thinkers? Learn how to connect art and literature using hands-on strategies in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s galleries. Discover how analyzing artwork fosters transferable skills such as developing evidence-based interpretations, expressing ideas verbally, improving vocabulary, and synthesizing information.

Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.  Seating is limited to the first 30 T&L participants.

Address: 8th and F NW, Washington, D.C.


Come to the Lyndon Baines Johnson building and get a close up view of the structure and role of the United States Department of Education.   The day will provide tools and strategies for interacting with policy makers and influencing educational policy. It will include breakout sessions with  Staff members where you will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide input on important issues in education.  The day has been designed by our Teaching Ambassador Fellows and will conclude with a reception with members of the Education Department.

Time: 1:00pm – 4:30pm.  Seating is limited to the first 50 T&L participants. 

Address:  Department of Education, LBJ Building, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, D.C.

NOTE: This sesssion has reached capacity.  Please select another pre-conference session.


Join us for a special preview of the new Disneynature Film “Bears,” scheduled for release in the late spring.  Participants will get an unprecedented early look at a world-class nature film in the making, and get to discuss with the filmmakers and other Disney executives how such a film is imagined and then shaped for use in schools.  This session will be hosted by former elementary school teacher Dr. Lizabeth Fogel, who is now Director of Education at the Walt Disney Corporation.
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm.  Seating is limited to the first 100 T&L attendees. 
Address:  Cable In the Classroom, 25 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 100, Washington, D.C.


Since 2009, Ford’s Theatre has grown from being purely a site of tragedy to a place to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and legacy through museum exhibitions, programs, and theatrical performances. Lincoln’s legacy of leadership and his history-changing oratory is central to our mission. Join us for a guided exploration of the Ford’s Theatre Museum and the House Where Lincoln Died, some time for reflection, and a workshop: Making Oratory a Part of Your Classroom. The same evening, participants will also be invited to attend a dress rehearsal of Ford’s Theatre Society spring musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  (Photo Credit: © Maxwell MacKenzie)

Time: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm.  Seating is limited to the first 25 T&L attendees.

Address: 511 10th Street NW, Washington, D.C.

NOTE: This session has reached capacity.  Please select another pre-conference session.


The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is a leading voice for contemporary art and culture and provides a national platform for the art and artists of our time.  We seek to share the transformative power of modern and contemporary art with audiences at all levels of awareness and understanding by creating meaningful, personal experiences in which art, artists, audiences, and ideas converge. Using Barbara Kruger’s Belief + Doubt as inspiration, this workshop encourages participants to explore the intersections between visual art, creative writing, and performance.

Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.  Seating is limited to the first 20 T&L attendees.

Address: 700 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C.


Primary sources are the raw materials of history and culture and they are the prime focus of this workshop at the Library of Congress. At our session, we will investigate the wide range of primary sources – from letters to photographs to maps – and work with Library of Congress staff on strategies for their use in the K-12 classroom. Teachers also will visit the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building and tour some of its highlights, for example, the iconic Main Reading Room as well as special exhibits from the collections.

Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm.  Seating is limited to the first 30 T&L attendees.

Address: 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, D.C.

NOTE: This session has reached capacity.  Please select another pre-conference session.


Get your students to view museum artifacts or exhibits in a new way.  National Air and Space Museum Educators will discuss strategies for making museum visits successful compliments to the science curriculum.  We’ll also discuss ways to get your students to think about the impact of science on society, utilize museum resources inside the classroom, and become personally involved with the research and education at museums. Participants will explore the physics of flight through interactive devices in the How Things Fly gallery, hands-on demonstrations, object-based learning, and critical observation of aircraft in the Museum that illustrate different design concepts and technology.

Time: 3:30 pm – 5:15 pm.  Seating is limited to the first 20 T&L attendees.

Address: Independence Avenue at 6th Street SW, Washington, D.C.


Start the backstage look at National Geographic Society with an exclusive 3D screening of New Links a new film produced by National Geographic Cinema Ventures with an introduction by National Geographic staff describing the making of the film and associated educational resources.

Then join the National Geographic staff for an exhilarating round of cool demos and classroom-ready activities.  Presented in a fast-paced, interactive, and hands-on format — think speed dating! –, this year’s Teacher Fest will give you a chance to choose between a series of activities showcasing online and offline mapping tools, Common Core resources, and so much more!

Teacher Fest attendees will receive a goody bag full of take-home materials for their classroom.  There will also be drawings for door prizes.

Time: 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm.  Seating is limited to the first 125 T&L attendees.

Address: 1145 17th Street NW, Washington, D.C.

Target: Middle – High School Teachers


Join National Museum of American History educators for a hands-on presentation on building students’ inquiry skills by using objects and drama in the classroom, integrating science in social studies, and developing historical investigations. Participants will receive teaching posters and USB drives with activity suggestions, a guide to using primary sources in the classroom, and links to online material related to the presentation.

Teachers will learn:

  • How to use objects to address larger themes and topics in history
  • How to develop students’ curiosity about the past and inquiry skills through object- and other primary source-based explorations
  • How to enliven social studies teaching through interactive programs such as a primary source-based game show and through drama
  • How to make interdisciplinary connections between social studies and language arts and science with National Museum of American History programs and resources
  • Where to find online resources from the National Museum of American History to support their teaching

Time: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm.  Seating is limited to the first 50 T&L participants.

Address: 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.


Objects provide a concrete way for children to explore and learn as well as build connections between complex ideas and their everyday life.  At the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) we connect the object-rich museum setting with the everyday environment for 135 children from 2 months of age-Kindergarten. This session will explore and demonstrate how educators can create meaning for children in their own classrooms using museums, resources around the community, and objects and collections they can bring into the classroom.

Time: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm.  Seating is limited to the first 20 T&L participants.

Address: 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.


Integrating portraiture into the classroom provides exciting opportunities to connect students with history, biography, visual art, and many other subjects. The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) collection presents the wonderful diversity of individuals who have left—and are leaving—their mark on our country and our culture. The Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story. This pre-conference workshop will take a broad look at the museum’s collection. Utilizing an interactive approach, an NPG educator will model “learning to look” strategies, unique ways to hook and engage students in order to look closely and analyze portraits. Participants will learn how to “read” portraiture and use the art as a springboard into a more in-depth discussion about biography and history.  (Photo Credit from left: “George Washington Carver” by Betsy Graves Reyneau – Oil on canvas, 1942, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the George Washington Carver Memorial Committee to the Smithsonian Institution, 1944 / “George Washington” by Gilbert Stuart – Oil on canvas, 1796, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquired as a gift to the nation through the generosity of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation)

Time: 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm.  Seating is limited to the first 45 T&L attendees.

Address: Eighth and F Streets NW, Washington, D.C.


The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage administers both Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This workshop will be informed by a successful pedagogical model that Smithsonian Folkways has pioneered to introduce world music curricula to teachers and classrooms across the globe. Workshop participants will get a preview of the standard world music certification workshop through short exercises in music identification, listening, and kinetic movement, based on examples from the Smithsonian Folkways music collection. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to discuss classroom strategies and explore complimentary resources available to teachers who wish to develop world music in their classrooms.

Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.  Seating is limited to the first 15 T&L participants.

Address: Capital Gallery Building, 600 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, D.C.


Tour the remarkable Newseum.  Then, attend a special screening of the award-winning Davis Guggenheim’s latest film, TEACH.  Participate in a follow-up discussion with one of the teachers from the film, a national education journalist, and more.  Walk home with a copy of the film and a lot to think about and act on!

Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm (tour of museum) / 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm (reception) / 5:00 pm – 6:20 pm (screening of TEACH) / 6:20 pm – 7:00 pm (panel discussion).  Seating is limited to the first 110 T&L attendees.

Address: 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.


At the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, you will have the opportunity to view a special exhibition, “Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration and Complicity in the Holocaust,” spend some time in reflection, and then participate in a model lesson based on the exhibit run by Museum staff and National Board Certified teachers from the Museum Teacher Fellowship program.

Time: 3:00 pm – 5:15 pm.  Seating is limited to the first 40 T&L attendees.

Address: 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW, Washington, D.C.