Indigenous Peoples' Day Curriculum Teach-In 2019

September 7, 2019 from 9:30AM-2:00PM

National Museum of the American Indian (4th and Independence Ave SW)

Join the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice (a project of Teaching for Change) for talks and workshops on teaching about Indigenous Peoples’ histories and experiences today on Saturday, September 7 at NMAI in Washington, D.C.

Debbie Reese at Arbuthnot Lecture. By Durango Mendoza, 2019.

Debbie Reese at Arbuthnot Lecture. By Durango Mendoza, 2019.

The speakers and workshops will feature classroom resources for K-12 from Native Knowledge 360°, NMAI’s initiative to transform teaching and learning about American Indians, as well as resources from the Zinn Education Project, including the campaign to abolish Columbus Day.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Debbie Reese, an educator and founder of American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL). She is tribally enrolled at Nambe Owingeh, a federally recognized tribe, and grew up on Nambe’s reservation. She holds a PhD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois. Reese is co-author of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People.

Workshops will include:

  • Essential Understandings for Learning and Teaching about American Indians: Beyond Cowboys vs. Indians

  • Building Critical Literacy in Your Classroom: American Indians in Children's Literature

  • The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire, an NK360° Digital Lesson

  • The People vs. Columbus, et al.

  • Teaching About Indigenous Women in an Elementary Classroom

  • Caretakers of the Earth: Continuing the Legacy in Elementary Classrooms

  • ‘Don’t Take Our Voices Away’: A Role Play on the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change

A registration fee of $25 includes the workshops, coffee, lunch, a copy of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People, and other classroom resources. Registered participants will receive a follow-up email to select preferred workshops and meal type.

Teaching for Change and NMAI are also hosting a teach-in on September 28 in New York. Read about our 2018 teach-in and register to attend our 2019 D.C. teach-in below.


Please add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you when space becomes available.

Allison Acosta