The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco puts the best of Asian art at teachers’ and students’ fingertips for use in the classroom or at home. Visitors to the museum’s website will find artworks, lessons and activities, background information, student-centered videos, and more. In an interactive on brush painting, for example, students use brushstroke techniques and dot patterns to copy the masters and create their own masterpieces. The free downloadable resources (PDFs) that accompany the activity include brushstroke vocabulary, instructions on how to hold a brush, directions on how to paint a lotus, as well as a teacher’s packet with information about brushstroke painting. Students can also view a time-lapse video of the making of this interactive.
BetterLesson is sponsoring a matching grant program to provide public and private K–12 schools, districts, and education service agencies in the United States with virtual professional learning services to improve teaching and learning in remote environments and integrate practices that advance social justice as part of regular classroom instruction.
As America’s national institution for promoting, interpreting, and celebrating women’s history, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) is ensuring that women and girls’ unique voices and experiences are not left out of the telling of the COVID-19 story. To this end, NWHM has launched the Women Writing History: A Coronavirus Journaling Project.
The US National Parks are the embodiment of a concept emerging from 19th-century democratic ideas to preserve the magnificent natural wonders of the land, making them available in perpetuity. Studying the national parks helps to illuminate these ideas and illustrate dimensions of US politics, economics, and society that resonate today.