Videoconferences Exploring American History Through Art
Students can explore US history and culture through Artful Connections, freeinteractive videoconferences provided by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The Artful Connections programs promote collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication via discussion. The programs are highly interactive, inquiry-driven, object-centered lessons appropriate for grades 3 and up. They are offered Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET) on a flexible schedule. The sessions last from 45 to 60 minutes. The topics align with national curriculum standards and 21st century skills, which are linked within the program descriptions. The Artful Connections Tours focus on Looking at Art (“To See Is to Think,” “America’s Signs & Symbols,” “Found Object Artworks,” “Contemporary Craft Works”); Exploring History (“Young America,” “Lure of the West,” “A House Divided: Civil War”); and Celebrating Heritage (“African American Artists,” “American Indians,” “Latino Art and Culture”).
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is sponsoring a student photography contest during Earth Science Week (October 8–14, 2017). Students of all ages can participate by submitting a photo that relates to this year’s theme—Earth and Human Activity Here.
Educators are invited to join advocates, researchers, and security experts in an interactive webinar on October 4, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (ET) on “Immigration, Safety and Security,” hosted by The Immigrant Learning Center’s Public Education Institute.
The National Network of State Teachers of the Year has compiled a “social justice” reading list for educators. The list includes diverse picture books for early learners and equity-themed books for elementary school, middle school, and high school students, as well as books for teachers that address culturally responsive teaching practices and equity in the classroom.