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From the Smithsonian Museums
From participatory programming to innovative uses of media, the Smithsonian Education Award recipients demonstrate a wide range of initiatives that bridge museums, research centers, and the Zoo with learners of all ages.
Tracie Spinale

It was inspiring to come back together as a community of practice after years apart. While the pandemic may have challenged our ability to provide in-person experiences, it did not dampen the resolve of Smithsonian educators to empower teachers to transform the educational lives of children everywhere. The night began reverentially, with the Smithsonian Honor Guard posting flags and playing the National Anthem. Then, Dr. Monique M. Chism, Smithsonian Under Secretary for Education and host of the awards, offered remarks of thanks to the awardees, families, colleagues, and supporters in the virtual audience and within the Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium. Local performers Taratibu Youth Association, whose mission is to cultivate socially responsible change and healing, provided a transformative experience with their stunning performance. Smithsonian Deputy Secretary Meroë Park gave a poignant keynote that traced her education journey as a daughter of a science professor to developing her profound sense of curiosity today as a senior leader at the Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Monique M. Chism was then joined on stage by Stephanie Stebich, Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, to present the awards honoring six top staff achievers from the past three years. Each of the awardees embodies the Smithsonian Education community’s ethos of greater reach, greater relevance, and profound impact—embracing the role Smithsonian educators play in our shared future.?Best of all, the resources and opportunities—honored that night and highlighted below—are all free to the public and available online for easy access by teachers, parents, and students:
Education Achievement Awards
One Smithsonian Education Award
Innovation & Access Awards
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Tracie Spinale is the Learning Programs Manager in the Office of the Under Secretary for Education (OUSE) where she collaborates with colleagues and communities to create learning experiences, manages internships, and supports policy. A cultural services educator with 20+ years of experience in the field, Tracie delivers multi-disciplinary professional development, training programs, and educational experiences to adult and youth audiences. She developed a love for museums and the outdoors growing up in the American Midwest and has degrees in anthropology and museum studies. 
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