Five Quaker Valley teachers to study at Smithsonian this summer

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 | 2:06 AM

Submitted by the Quaker Valley School District

The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access has been awarded a grant from The Grable Foundation for a two-year study of how teachers select and use museum resources for classroom instruction. Quaker Valley is proud to have five teachers taking part in fellowships at the Smithsonian, in-person workshops, and online courses, and a week-long professional residence at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

The QV teachers taking part include: Andrea Croft, Gary Galuska, Erik Lindemann, Lara Grogan, and Nicole Wilkinson. These teachers were selected through a competitive application process.

Elementary-school teacher participants will create instructional materials using the Center’s Smithsonian Learning Lab, which offers access to millions of Smithsonian digital resources – objects, artwork, articles, videos, and more – and tools that support their use for learning. Participants will be trained in research-based instructional approaches, primarily Visible Thinking Routines developed by Project Zero and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. These routines are a flexible and systematic framework that aim to integrate the development of students’ thinking with content learning in all subject matters.

All of the content developed through this project will be free and published on the Smithsonian Learning Lab. Teachers from across the country will be able to access these exemplary resources and use Learning Lab tools to adapt them to meet the needs of their students. To learn more about the Smithsonian Learning Lab, visit  We are proud that our Quaker Valley teachers will have been chosen to represent exemplary practice of teaching and learning for such a prestigious organization.