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Education Partners

Smithsonian Institution 32 cent stamp with image of building

Our partner institutions offer additional training and lesson plans on museum themes and skills that complement our own resources to better serve educator needs in the classroom.


USPS Community Connection

Curriculum-connected classroom materials for K-6, including beautiful wall calendar and 28-page teaching guide available at token cost; rich and dynamic website with original lesson plans and a stamp story for every day!


American Philatelic Society (APS)

The national organization for stamp collectors has a variety of lesson plans and resources for using stamps in the classroom on a new website called Stamps Teach. They currently sponsor an initiative to test the plans and resources in hopes of helping children to begin collecting stamps. They also offer philatelic resources to teachers who choose to designate their class as an All-Star Stamp Club.


Postal History Foundation

Dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of stamps and stamp collecting, the Postal History Foundation has great teaching tools and youth activities on their Youth Education Page. If you are interested in using stamps as teaching material, they can help find the right supplies for you.


Smithsonian Institution Education Website

SI allows educators to easily search for curriculum resources and lesson plans from all SI Museums through selection of grade level, subject, topic and education standards.


Smithsonian Institution Professional Development

SI provides educators with opportunities such as classes, events and online conferences and workshops often geared towards, but not limited to, utilizing museum resources in the classroom.


SI In Your Classroom Magazine

Browse lesson plans by subject area or search by grade levels and keywords. Smithsonian lesson plans emphasize inquiry-based learning using primary sources and museum collections. Each plan is print-friendly and provides you with all the materials you need—photographs, reproductions, handouts, activities, suggested strategies, standards information, and additional online resources.


Smithsonian Source: Resources for Teaching American History

Educators can gain access to online primary sources as well as lesson plans on historical topics and on how to teach using such primary materials.


Smithsonian Online Conference

SI researchers and experts share their questions, methods, and experiences through this online program which provides a medium for educators to access session recordings and contribute ideas to online discussions.