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#BecauseofHerStory: Exploring Untold Stories Through Portraiture and American Art

a remote learning experience discussing how democracy is threatened and how educators protect democracy
March 3, 2020 - 7:00pm EST

Amplify women’s voices in your classroom to honor the past, inform the present and inspire the future. Women’s stories have always been integral to American history, but they have often been marginalized or erased from K-12 education – presented as peripheral to the main story or highlighted only during Women’s History Month. Participants will be introduced to and receive a set of six teaching posters that will support teachers in integrating women’s history across the curriculum through American art and portraiture. Featured artworks link women’s stories to major themes in history and English/language arts, such as activism, social change, artistic and cultural movements, etc.

Webinar Fee: Complimentary for NCSS Members


Briana Zavadil White, Head of Education, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
Briana oversees the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s education programs, which serves the museum’s access to teen, youth and family, and student and teacher audiences. The Portrait Gallery’s programs, gallery experiences, and workshops start with the premise that by reading portraiture, visitors can springboard into rich conversations about biography, history, and art. By modeling learning to look strategies, unique ways to engage in portraiture, the education team hopes visitors will slow down and look closely in order to spark meaning making. Briana holds a B.A. in psychology, with a minor in art history, from the University of Virginia and an M.A.T. with a concentration in museum education from George Washington University.


Phoebe Hillemann, Teacher Institutes Educator, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Phoebe Hillemann is the Teacher Institutes Educator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She manages the Museum’s annual week-long Summer Institutes: Teaching the Humanities through Art, an arts-integration professional development program for a national audience of teachers. She has a B.A. in art history from Kenyon College, and an M.S. Ed. in Leadership in Museum Education from Bank Street Graduate School of Education.