Educators Day 2021 Smithsonian 175

Smithsonian Educator's Day 2021

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On Friday, September 17th, 2021, as part of the Smithsonian’s 175th anniversary celebrations, the Office of the Under Secretary for Education hosted its inaugural annual Educator’s Day Conference!

Over 1,300 PreK-12 educators nationwide participated in sessions, exploring innovative interdisciplinary lesson design, opportunities to cultivate skill development across content areas, and insights into how the Smithsonian tools and resources can enhance learning. Participants had the chance to go behind-the-scenes to talk directly with experts, get a sneak peek into upcoming exhibitions, and learn about current research initiatives at the Smithsonian.

You can watch all of the archived sessions here via the Smithsonian Education YouTube page, or listed individually below for replay, and access related resources via the Smithsonian Learning Lab (

Keynote Welcome

Keynote Welcome | Smithsonian Educator's Day (Sept 17, 2021)

Keynote Welcome, featuring Dr. Monique M. Chism, with guests Amanda Soliván, Tametra Jamison, and Ashley Naranjo

Plenary Session


Plenary Session, featuring Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch, III and 2021 National Teacher of the Year, Juliana Urtubey in conversation with Dr. Monique M. Chism

Spotlight on Educators programs

Spotlight on Educators programs give Pre K–12 teachers an opportunity to share innovations in classrooms around the nation with fellow educators. 

Big Issues programs

Big Issues programs highlight Smithsonian initiatives tackling complex contemporary global topics, such as equity and inclusion, cross-cultural dialogue, and environmental conservation. 

Sneak Peek programs

Sneak Peek programs offer educators a first look at concepts and topics being explored in upcoming exhibitions.  

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes programs pull back the curtains on Smithsonian processes that are not usually visible to the public. Educators can learn about topics like museum conservation and the Smithsonian’s archives. 

People at the Smithsonian

People at the Smithsonian programs highlight the roles of a variety of experts at the Smithsonian. 

Featured Videos during the program

Learn more about the Smithsonian’s partnership with D.C. Public Schools and the Smithsonian Learning Lab platform allowing students and teachers the opportunity to discover, create, and share using digital resources from across the Smithsonian.  

Smithsonian and D.C. Public Schools Partnership

Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III and D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Lewis D. Ferebee, Ed.D. celebrate the accomplishments of the long-standing partnership of Smithsonian educators and D.C. Public Schools teachers and students. 

Smithsonian Learning Lab

The Smithsonian Learning Lab ( allows teachers the opportunity to support deep, meaningful learning with an online universe of authentic resources and tools for personalization.