Smithsonian to Host National Education Summit for Teachers

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — This summer, the Smithsonian announced it will convene thousands of educators from across the nation for a National Education Summit. The goal of this summit is to discuss the importance of teaching inclusive, holistic and well-rounded content. The summit will feature more than 30 free sessions for educators, which will cover a variety of topics. This is a great opportunity for teachers to learn new strategies and resources that they can use in their classrooms.

On Wednesday, July 27, and Thursday, July 28, the Smithsonian Institution will host the National Education Summit at its Washington, D.C. campus. The event will bring together thousands of educators from around the country to discuss key issues in education and explore learning strategies with experts from the Smithsonian and its collaborators. The Summit will offer a variety of workshops, panel discussions, and keynote speeches on topics such as early childhood education, STEM learning, museum education, and 21st-century skills. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to tour the Smithsonian’s world-renowned museums and research facilities. The National Education Summit is intended to be a unique opportunity for educators to network and learn from each other.

This year’s summit, “Together We Thrive: Creating Our Shared Future Through Education,” promises to be an engaging and informative event for educators. With over 30 sessions featuring prominent speakers in the field of education, the summit will provide educators with the opportunity to learn about innovative teaching methods, effective ways to cultivate social-emotional learning, and the importance of teaching diverse stories. In addition, attendees will have the chance to network with other educators and access a wealth of resources that can be used in their own classrooms. The summit is sure to be a valuable experience for all who participate.

“The summit comes at a time of uncertainty and challenge in our nation, but also a time of great hope and imagination to rethink all that is possible in education and the shared future we hope to inspire and make reality,” said Monique Chism, the Smithsonian’s Under Secretary for Education. “We are bringing together experts and practitioners from across the education landscape to have the difficult conversations needed to address these challenges and provide teachers with the resources and solutions they need to inspire their students.”

The National Education Summit will engage participants from every corner of the educational ecosystem—from classroom teachers to curriculum developers, journalists, researchers and policymakers—to convene holistic conversations on education policy, practice and strategy. The goal of the summit is to develop a comprehensive and collective understanding of America’s education system and the challenges it faces, as well as identify potential solutions that can be implemented at the local, state and federal level. In addition to plenary sessions and panel discussions featuring some of the country’s leading education experts, the summit will also include breakout sessions focused on specific topics, such as early childhood education, STEM education and college access and affordability. By bringing together diverse stakeholders from across the educational spectrum, the National Education Summit seeks to provide a much-needed opportunity to develop a shared vision for improving America’s schools.

This year’s National Education Summit will feature some of the most respected and influential voices in education. Keynote speaker Chism is a leading expert on the transformational power of education. She will be joined by Jason Reynolds, No. 1 New York Times bestselling children’s book author and poet; Soledad O’Brien, award-winning documentarian and journalist; Kurt Russell, the 2022 National Teacher of the Year; and Aaliyah Samuel of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. These featured speakers will be joined by additional speakers from federal agencies including the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Education; state Teachers of the Year; representatives from the Smithsonian’s various education collaborators, including PBS LearningMedia, the Library of Congress and Harvard University’s Project Zero; and Smithsonian educators and experts. This year’s summit is sure to be a can’t-miss event for anyone interested in education.

Registration and a full list of sessions and speakers are available on the summit’s website. Advanced registration is required, and some sessions may have capacity limits

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