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Our museums, education, and research centers work at intersections that spark imagination and encourage discovery—between art and the environment, space exploration and women’s history, cultural traditions and an evolving American identity. Whether in museums, schools, or communities, Smithsonian educators and experts invite conversation, collaboration, and exchange, helping learners develop transferable critical thinking skills that apply to today’s most complex challenges in order to build and enrich a national culture of learning.

At Smithsonian Education, our mission is to inspire curiosity and connections in a changing world, and our vision is a world where learning is collaborative and transformative for everyone.

2024 Smithsonian National Education Summit

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On July 16–18th, 2024, the Office of the Under Secretary for Education will host its annual National Education Summit!

The 2024 theme is: “Together We Thrive: Connecting at the Intersections.” As we gather to explore this year's theme, we will delve into the intricacies of interdisciplinary approaches, which are paramount in gaining a comprehensive understanding of the complex issues we face today. 

Registration for the Summit is now open! Click here to reserve your spot today!


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