Webinars for Teachers

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The Smithsonian Summer Sessions: Teaching with Museum Objects

In these three online courses – Interdisciplinary Teaching with Museum Objects, Interrogating the Stories We Tell, and Inspiring Civic Engagement - educators from six Smithsonian museums, including the National Portrait Gallery, explore connections among their collections and model teaching strategies that participants can implement with their students, whether online or in the classroom. These courses can be taken at your own pace.

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Three-Part Webinar Series:

A Woman’s Place Is in the Curriculum: Women’s History through American Art and Portraiture

Educators from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery created a series of three interactive webinars on women’s history. Learn how American art and portraiture can bring diverse women’s stories into your classroom, connecting with themes you may already teach. Discover strategies for engaging your students in close looking and critical thinking across disciplines.

Persisting and Resisting: Women as Activists

How have women led the way in activism and social justice movements? In this webinar, National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum educators will discuss featured artworks Dolores Huerta by George Ballis and State Names by Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, as well as additional relevant artworks.


Who Tells Your Story: Exploring Women and Identity

Women’s identities are complex, intersecting with race, class, sexuality, etc., and have often been overlooked or erased from history. What is the importance of being able to express yourself and voice your story? In this webinar, National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum educators will discuss featured artworks Henrietta Lacks by Kadir Nelson and Portrait of Mnonja by Mickalene Thomas, as well as additional relevant artworks.


Remaking the Rules: Exploring Women Who Broke Barriers

How have women created space for themselves in the arts and culture? In this webinar, National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum educators will discuss featured artworks Lorraine Hansberry by David Attie and The Eclipse by Alma Thomas, as well as additional relevant artworks.


This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative. To learn more, visit the Smithsonian American Women History Initiative website
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