National Museum of the American Indian
National Museum of the American Indian

Dr. Kehau Glassco was selected as the 2018 Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian’s (NMAI) Teacher-in-Residence. Native Knowledge 360°, the museum’s national education initiative, aims to inspire and promote the improvement of teaching and learning about American Indians.

“I’m excited to be working with the Smithsonian educational staff in creating inquiry units about the native peoples of America,” Glassco said. “I hope to learn new instructional strategies as well as to incorporate museum resources into my classroom. I would also like to provide a Native Hawaiian perspective on Indigenous issues as well as implement culture-based education into the historical units that will be used by teachers across the nation.”

Glassco, who earned both her master’s and doctorate degrees from the COE,Glassco is a secondary social studies teacher at Kamehameha Schools–Kapālama. As part of the residency, she will spend eight weeks in Washington, D.C. this summer at the NMAI Smithsonian and receive a $15,000 stipend.

“I was thrilled to hear that Dr. Glassco had received this residency,” Associate Specialist Amber Strong Makaiau said. “With her background in Hawaiian culture-based education, she is going to play a valuable role in NMAI’s effort to provide educators and students with new perspectives about American Indian history, culture, and contemporary lives.”

Native Knowledge 360° provides teachers with unit and lesson plans about the cultural and historical vitality of America’s native peoples as well as the challenges they have faced by American imperialism. The program aims to utilize inquiry and primary sources to improve the teaching and learning about the Native Americans.

Associate Professor Sarah Twomey said, “Dr. Glassco is a passionate and dedicated practitioner scholar of Native Hawaiian culture-based education. I am thrilled for her!”

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