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Teacher Working Group

Teachers collaborating

The National Building Museum Teacher Working Group helps the Museum serve the needs of teachers in the Washington, DC area and beyond. Members of the Teacher Working Group serve as a link between the National Building Museum and the greater Washington teaching community by providing valuable feedback on programming, advising Museum educational staff, and assisting in the creation and evaluation of school programs, professional development opportunities for educators, and classroom resources. They bring knowledge and expertise in classroom curricula and local and national standards across a variety of subject area. They also share their perspectives on integrating museums, libraries, and other cultural organizations into their teaching.

The Working Group shall be composed of a diverse group of 8-12 people from a range of school types. Eligible teachers are currently employed in an accredited public, public charter, private, or independent school in the metropolitan DC area. Applicants should be familiar with the National Building Museum and have some experience using museums in their teaching. Teachers of students in pre-K though grade 12 will be considered and we'll strive to ensure that each level will be represented (pre-k, elementary, middle, and high school). Teachers of all subject areas are encouraged to apply. For the 2016-2018 term, teachers of social studies, history, and the arts will be given additional consideration.

Selected teachers volunteer their time to participate in the Teacher Working Group and commit to two year term.


  • Commit to a two-year term.
  • Participation in up to four meetings per academic school year, held at the Museum.
  • Independent and team work of up to 4 hours per month on assigned Teacher Working Group projects.
  • Communication by email between meetings, when necessary.

Benefits and Opportunities

  • Engage in an enriching partnership with the Museum over a two year period.
  • Collaborate with other members of the Working Group on focused projects.
  • Learn new ways to use objects and museums to enhance your teaching.
  • Create new pathways to use the built environment in teaching about math, social studies, science, art, and history.
  • Participate in professional development and networking opportunities.
  • Evaluate current materials and school programs.
  • Pilot new classroom-based resources, such as our curriculum kits.
  • Enjoy free access to Museum exhibitions and teacher workshops. Reduced rate at select public programs.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2017-2018 school year will be available in June 2017.