blog posts Native Knowledge 360o: Foundations for Teaching and Learning about Native Americans 3. Career & Internship Images Registration is now open! Native Knowledge 360o: Foundations for Teaching and Learning about Native Americans A Webinar Series Offered July 21, 22, and 23 1:00 – 2:15 PM EST Native Knowledge 360° (NK360°) is the National Museum of the American Indian’s national initiative to inspire and support transformative teaching and learning about Native Americans. This free, three–part webinar series is designed for education professionals who are new to incorporating more complete narratives about Native American histories, cultures, and contemporary lives into their teaching. Educators whose primary teaching focus is social studies, English language arts, or library sciences and who work with students in grades 4–12 are encouraged to register. We also invite homeschoolers, parents, and others looking for digital educational resources about Native Americans. The series will be especially helpful for educators who are just beginning to advance their practice of bringing Native perspectives to their curricula. Each session will begin at 1:00 PM EST and end at 2:15 PM EST. Registration is required through the link provided on this announcement. Please direct any questions to the NMAI Education office at NMAI-NK360-TI@si.edu. You will receive a confirmation email and personal log in code upon registration. You can register for all three webinars in the series or register for a single session. Link to Register:https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/1215919076530/WN_zhqy6Z0DQk2jaB4jKpVW1g Date Webinar Topic & Description Tuesday, July 21 1:00 - 2:15 PM/EST Participants will hear from Ed Schupman (Muscogee), manager of the National Museum of the American Indian’s national education initiative, Native Knowledge 360° (NK360°). Ed will discuss the long tradition of problematic narratives about Native Americans and show how those narratives affect American society and K-12 education. The webinar will conclude with an introduction to the NK360° initiative, including the museum’s NK360° Framework for Essential Understandings about American Indians, a set of key concepts about the rich and diverse cultures, histories, and contemporary lives of Native Peoples. This first day of the three-day institute will inspire participants to think about what transformations they can make in their own teaching and learning about Native Americans. Wednesday, July 22 1:00 - 2:15 PM/EST Strategies for teachers and students to analyze source materials about Native Americans. On day two, participants will work with museum educator Renee Gokey (Eastern Shawnee) and Manager of Education, Johanna Gorelick. Johanna and Renee will model ways to assess imagery, objects, and media about Native Americans. Participants will discuss strategies for how to interrogate sources, search for additional context, and move towards more complete narratives about Native Americans. Included in the discussion will be a focus on how strategies can connect to key concepts outlined in the National Museum of the American’s NK360° Framework for Essential Understandings. Thursday, July 23 1:00 - 2:15 PM/EST Ideas for implementing a NK360° digital lesson in the classroom. On the third and final day of the virtual teacher institute, participants will focus on classroom implementation. Museum educator, Colleen Smith will walk participants through the NK360° website where they can find classroom-ready lessons and resources. Colleen will spend time guiding participants through one digital lesson about Northern Plains History and Cultures, helping educators see how the lesson reflects critical concepts from the NK360° Framework for Essential Understandings. Participants will discuss opportunities and challenges for bringing this type of lesson into their classrooms and hear strategies from the museum for integrating Native perspectives across a range of subjects, grade levels, and timeframes.