Summer Institutes on Teaching the Humanities Through Art
Teachers in grades 6–12 are invited to attend one of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s weeklong institutes in the nation’s capital. Participants will join other educators from across the country in exploring the connections among American art and social studies, history, and English/language arts. Applicants may choose from two dates to attend: July 8–12 or July 22–26,2919. During the institutes, participants will receive a Teacher’s Tool Kit that includes color reproductions, classroom discussion and writing activities, project guidelines, and teaching strategies. The institutes will also provide behind-the-scenes experiences at the museum, access to featured technology, and more. Throughout the year, participants will be connected to a national network of institute alumni, as well as to museum staff for support in curriculum development. The cost of the program is $200 upon registration. Low-cost housing, graduate credit, and scholarships are available. Applications are due by March 31, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. (ET); registration deadline for accepted teachers is May 10, 2019. Scholarship applications are due by April 24, 2019. Scholarship applicants will be notified by May 2, 2019.
Service on Celluloidis a captivating podcast of The NationalWW II Museum that takes a deep look at depictions of World War II on film over the last 70-plus years. In-house experts at the museum, along with special guests, hold lively debates on the historical merits of treasured classics and smaller films alike.
The Olympics Protest is a new assessment from the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) that gauges whether students can identify the historical event depicted in an iconic photograph and evaluate its historical significance. Successful students will draw on their knowledge of the past to identify American track athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith raising their fists to protest racial injustice while on the medal stand at the 1968 Olympics and then explain how the event was historically significant.
Eric Carle, Picture Writer: The Art of the Picture Book is a 32-minute portrait of Eric Carle, creator of more than 70 books for children, including the bestselling classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In this documentary, Carle methodically layers a tissue paper collage of the caterpillar, pours over thumbnail sketches, and ruminates on drafts of his books.