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The museum education department offers a variety of programs for both classroom teachers and students on community history and exhibition topics. Offerings include guided tours of the exhibitions on view and interpretive learning-level specific educational materials. Professional training sessions offer credit hours and provide teaching strategies and resources on a variety of subjects. The annual ACM Career Day is a special program that allows students to learn about work in a museum. Free transportation and lunch are provided.

ACM SCHOOL & TEACHER PROGRAMS

Calendar of Events February through July 2013

 

Teacher Training

Saturday, February 23, 2013
10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Teacher Training
Just for Educator’s Workshop: Dance 4 Peace
Dance 4 Peace is a global peace education nonprofit that transforms conflict, violence and bullying through dance and creative movement. The intensive training will equip teachers with the Dance 4 Peace toolkit and skills to instill movement based peace education tools and techniques in their classrooms and communities. For reservations, call (202) 633-4844.

 

Educational Outreach Programs

Mon., May 6; Thurs., May 9; Tues., May 14; Wed., May 15; Tues., May 21; Thurs., May 23; Wed., May 29; Fri., May 31; Wed., June 5; Fri., June 7; Tues., June 11; Thurs., June13.

Outreach for School Groups
Citizen Scientist Program

Experience Reclaiming the Edge: Urban Waterways and Civic Engagement in three parts during this full day of programming. First tour the exhibit at ACM; from there travel to Anacostia Park for a visit to DDOE’s Aquatic Research Center. Finally, participate in water testing and learning about the Anacostia River and how you impact the river and it impacts your health. The cost is $150.00 per group. Groups are limited to 20 persons for school groups 3rd grade and up.

Transportation is provided from school and back to school:  SHUTTLE Anacostia will depart from your school at 9:30 a.m. and returns at 2:30 p.m.  RSVP is required; call 202-633-4844.

Friday, May 10, 2013
A two-hour program. You select the best time for you and your class between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to begin.

A Tale of Two Teams: Washington’s Unknown Champions

A discussion about two of the city’s little known championship teams, the 1939 Homestead Grays and the 1943 Washington (Lichtman) Bears, who won the 1943 World Series of Basketball in Chicago against the best white and black talent in a national tournament. Learn the cultural backdrop for the time frame (U Street social life, Turner’s Arena, lavish galas and balls held after games). One was a segregated championship, the other was not. 
First RSVP will receive this entertaining educational program. Call 202-633-4844.  

Thursday, May 16, 2013
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Career Day at the Anacostia Community Museum

Bring your students to the Anacostia Community Museum to learn about some of the exciting and rewarding careers in museums. They will not only tour the exhibition Reclaiming the Edge: Urban Waterways and Civic Engagement but also learn about the various jobs required to create a museum exhibition. Students will receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum and meet the staff to learn about their career paths that led them to work at the Smithsonian.

The afternoon session of Career Day will include a surprise field trip to an educational organization in the DC area. Free lunch, bus transportation, and educational resources will be provided to the middle or high school group that reserves this tour. Reservations are required; call (202) 633-4844.

 

Friday, May 17, 2013
A two hour program.  You select the best time for you and your class between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Washington, DC—Basketball Capital of the World

This presentation educates you on how Washington became a basketball hotbed and discusses the great figures who shaped the story. Learn about the life and influence of Dr. E. B. Henderson, including his mentorship of Dr. Charles Drew. Understand how local athletes played competitively in games held outside the Jim Crow color lines before the 1954 Brown decision. Be entertained by the unique series of circumstances, involving individuals, landmark games, and local demographics, which helped catapult Washington to the forefront of the basketball world. First RSVP will receive this entertaining educational program.  Call 202-633-4844.


Other Opportunities to Explore the Environment

Exploring Nature: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center By Appointment

Exploring Nature is an array of environmental science lessons developed to create a positive nature experience for young children. This program uses age-appropriate, hands-on activities including costumes and colorful visual aides to involve and inspire young students and help them appreciate and respect the natural world. Anacostia Community Museumís Shuttle Anacostia is available to transport groups of up to 20 to participate in this program on weekdays. For shuttle information call 202-633-4844. Program is available by appointment for children ages 5 to 7. Allow 2.5 hours for this activity. $15/student

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD 21037-0028
Jane Holly, Program Coordinator
443-482-2216
hollyj@si.edu
www.serc.si.edu


Estuary Chesapeake: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

By Appointment
Estuary Chesapeake is a highly engaging suite of activities that teach participants about the living and non-living parts of and estuary. Students rotate in groups through five activity stations: About Crabs, Water Testing, Oyster Bar Community, Investigating Plankton, and Seining, which provide exciting ways to learn about the Chesapeake Bay, field research and estuarine ecology. Estuary Chesapeake is a comprehensive ecosystem study designed to accommodate large groups. Anacostia Community Museumís Shuttle Anacostia is available to transport groups of up to 20 from East of the River to participate in this program on weekdays. For shuttle information call 202-633-4844. Program is available by appointment for children ages 8 to 12. Allow 2.5 hours for this activity. $15/student

Note: Smithsonian Environmental Research Centerís education programs are aligned with state content standards and help participants explore the environment in an exciting and scientific way. As an introduction to the habitats and ecosystems of the Chesapeake Bayís watershed, it is an opportunity for everyone to experience and learn.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD 21037-0028
Jane Holly, Program Coordinator
443-482-2216
hollyj@si.edu
www.serc.si.edu

Restore the Wetlands: An Opportunity with the Anacostia Watershed Society
June 1, 3-5, 17-19, 28 and July 1
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Wetland Planting

Join Anacostia Watershed Society as they work to restore the Anacostia River by planting wetland species that local students have grown from seeds in their classrooms. This is a great opportunity to get outdoors, learn more about wetland restoration and work closely with other community members! All training and supplies will be provided. Anacostia Community Museumís Shuttle Anacostia is available to transport groups of up to 20 to participate in this program June 3-5, 17-19, 28 and July 1. For shuttle information call 202-633-4844. Program is available for participants ages 8 to adult.
Meeting Location:
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
1550 Anacostia Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20019.


Note: Physical Requirements: This event will involve walking out into the marsh to plant, which can be very muddy! As a result all participants will be required to wear boots or waders that can be heavy and hot. The event will also include a 15 minute walk to the site. The work and the walk can be strenuous.

To register go to: www.anacostiaws.org/wetland-planting-kag-rsvp-612013

For more information please contact Ariel Tran at 301-699-6204 ext. 113.

Ride the free weekend Shuttle Anacostia service from the National Mall with stops at Anacostia Community Museum and the Fredrick Douglass National Historic site. Service begins May 25th and runs through Labor Day weekend ending September 2nd.


Transportation for groups from the East of the River community to attend any of the Anacostia Community Museum events listed in this calendar is available through Shuttle Anacostia. For more information and reservations, call 202-633-4844.

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