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Professional Development

“Cultivating Communication” Teacher Seminar

Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
at the National Postal Museum

Registration for this workshop is now closed.

garden exhibit in the museum's Atrium
teachers attending a workshop
Teachers in the museum's Byrne Education Loft

As part of our Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps exhibition, the National Postal Museum and Smithsonian Gardens are collaborating for a one-day teacher workshop! Join us on July 10th for “Cultivating Communication”—a free seminar for upper elementary and middle school educators. Using Smithsonian Gardens’ Community of Garden program as a foundation, teachers will receive training on how to establish an intergenerational pen pal project with their students and members of their communities.

Students of participating educators will have an opportunity to practice reading and public speaking skills as they record their pen pal’s letters for the Community of Gardens digital oral history library. By creating open lines of written communication between young learners and adults, we aim to inspire a new appreciation for the roles gardens have played in people’s personal lives and develop student interest in stamp art and design.

Teachers that attend “Cultivating Communications” will receive a curator-led tour of Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps as well as an assortment of program-related resources. A light breakfast and lunch are provided, and 6.5 Continuing Education Units are available.

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Registration for this workshop is now closed.