Artificial Intelligence Resource Toolkit

Artificial intelligence (AI) is defined as the ability of machines to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence. It is typically understood as an automated system capable of analyzing data and making choices autonomously. The rapid progress in the development of AI technologies has many potential benefits, including the creation of new industries, job opportunities, …

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The Founding of America Resource Toolkits

We’ve created two new resource toolkits centered on the American Revolution (PDF 771 KB) and the U.S. Constitution (PDF 1.1 MB) . These toolkits are designed to help American Spaces share the story of America’s remarkable founding. The American Revolution Resource Toolkit provides links to lesson plans, online and printable museum exhibits, online courses, videos, articles, and immersive media and 360 videos that can be accessed with virtual reality …

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First Amendment Rights: Freedom of Speech and the Press

This  Resource Toolkit (466 kb PDF ) is designed for programming at American Spaces to create a greater awareness of the rights outlined in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights, specifically the right to freedom of speech and of the press. The toolkit contains articles, videos, lesson plans, and links that describe how these rights are protected and …

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The End of World War II Resource Toolkit

This toolkit (PDF 709KB) provides information on the end of World War II and the role that the United States played in this war. September 2, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of this war. The toolkit contains links to videos, including access to Ken Burns’ documentary The War (via Kanopy), lesson plans, movies, and graphics for American Spaces to conduct related …

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First Amendment Rights: Peaceful Assembly & Petition Resource Toolkit

This Resource Toolkit (460 kb PDF ) is designed for programming at American Spaces to create a greater awareness of the rights outlined in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights, specifically the right to assemble peacefully and to petition the government. The toolkit contains articles, videos, lesson plans and links to famous American movements fueled by protests. This …

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Virtual Programming Kit

This Virtual Programming Resource Toolkit (PDF 597KB) provides resources and tips to help you create online programs at American Spaces. With the outbreak of COVID-19, many American Spaces are minimizing in-person engagement. Whether or not your American Space is doing fewer in-person programs, we recommend that all American Spaces do more virtual engagement. This allows you to connect not only with …

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Global Health Resource Toolkit

Global health covers a range of health-related issues, including disease outbreaks, nutrition, and environmental health. With the recent outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), consider conducting health related programming at your Space in coordination with your U.S. Embassy or Consulate. This Global Health Resource Toolkit (PDF 704 KB) provides links to lesson plans, articles, videos,  and games, as well as the DIY Smithsonian Outbreak exhibit , which can …

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Women’s History Month Toolkit Special Edition: 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

August 18, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and August 26, 1920 was its adoption into law. These were two important milestones in the long fight for U.S. women’s voting rights. This Resource Toolkit (PDF 799) for Women’s History Month for March 2020 contains lesson plans, discussion guides, posters, …

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African-American History Month Toolkit Available

Each February, the United States celebrates African-American History Month, also known as Black History Month. This annual celebration recognizes the achievements by African Americans and their central role in U.S. history. This Resource Toolkit (PDF 662KB) contains lesson plans, videos, photos, exhibits, articles, and PowerPoint slides to be used at American Spaces to recognize the achievements by African Americans and …

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USAGM Resources Available to American Spaces

The United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM), formerly known as the Broadcasting Board of Governors, is an independent agency of the U.S. government that runs news agencies around the world through five networks: Voice of America Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Radio Free Asia Middle East Broadcasting Networks – Al Hurra & Radio Sava Office of Cuba Broadcasting These news agencies provide independent, timely, and accurate reporting in more than 60 languages with …

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First Amendment Rights: Freedom of Religion

Religious freedom is one of America’s most cherished rights. It is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution under the First Amendment. In 1998, Congress passed the International Freedom Act to ensure that the U.S. government promotes this fundamental right. This law was later amended to include the freedom of conscious to protect the right not to …

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22.33 Podcast Discussion Guide – 1.8 “Call Me Teacher”

The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) has put out a new podcast called 22.33 on ECA supported exchanges.  We have created a discussion guide (PDF 1MB) around one of these podcast from season 1 episode 8 “Call Me Teacher.”  This podcast describes Will Langford’s experience as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Kenya and the various stereotypes he encountered as an …

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Movie Kit for “Green Book” Now Available

This discussion guide (PDF 450KB) explores themes in the Academy Award-winning film Green Book. The movie follows African American pianist Dr. Don Shirley and his white driver and bodyguard Tony “The Lip” Vallelonga as they tour through the highly segregated Southern United States, where many businesses refuse to serve African Americans. To avoid such issues, the two rely on The …

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“Why STEAM Matters” Toolkit Available

The “Why STEAM Matters” programming kit (PDF 296KB) , developed by the Smithsonian Institution for a 60-90 minute program, encourages participants to think more inclusively about the arts and sciences.  Participants will learn about different individuals, programs, and fields that integrate the arts and sciences. This program includes suggestions for hands-on activities and optional lesson extensions.

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“Beyond the Moon” Photo Exhibition

The “Beyond the Moon” photo exhibition may be used as part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Program that landed a dozen Americans on the moon between July 1969 and December 1972. Many thanks to the Public Affairs Section in Kuala Lumpur and their partner EngageMedia for sharing this fantastic photo …

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NASA’s 2019 International Space Apps Challenge

NASA’s 2019 International Space Apps Challenge (October 18-20, 2019) is now open at  2019.spaceappschallenge.org . Now it its 8th year, NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge is an international hackathon for coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and others in cities around the world, where teams engage with NASA’s free and open data to address real-world problems …

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American Spaces in Photos

In early 2018, the Office of American Spaces held a photo contest for American Spaces to submit their best action photos that show the impact Spaces are making within their local communities. This June 2018  newsletter announced all of the photo contest winners.  The winning photos and many other excellent submissions are posted here for viewing at your leisure. Enjoy! …

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New Program Package: Dream It. Design It. Do It.

This  Smithsonian Institution-developed program (PDF 2 MB)  for American Spaces encourages participants to think about and engage with themes and stories of U.S. innovation and entrepreneurship through highlights of well-known American entrepreneurs and their innovative ideas. The program includes a hands-on innovation activity that allows participants to work through the process of invention to better understand how innovation and entrepreneurship can …

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New Media Literacy Curriculum!

With the goal of assisting young readers in becoming savvy consumers and disseminators of fact-based news, the office of the Regional Public Engagement Specialist in the American Center in New Delhi developed  Digital Citizenship 101 (DC101) (PDF 910 kb) , a series of media literacy workshops. Based on educational content available through the highly acclaimed  Newseum  in Washington, DC., the workshop series opens with …

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Business and Human Rights: Doing Well and Doing Good, March 20

Tuesday, March 20 at 8:00 a.m. EDT (12:00 UTC) This is an interactive webchat discussing how companies can incorporate human rights best practices into their policies, and how doing so positively affects their bottom line and reputation. The program will be in English. The event page is  www.facebook.com/StateDRL. Participants will learn from a panel of experts how …

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EducationUSA Facebook Live Event on Student Athlete Recruitment, March 14

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 11:00 EDT / 15:00 UTC Event page:  https://www.facebook.com/EducationUSA This program is a part of the EducationUSA Interactive webchat series, helping international students understand EducationUSA’s 5 Steps to U.S. Study. The program will be in English. American Spaces are encouraged to organize  watch parties  to view and submit questions during the live program. Many international students play …

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Athletes Without Limits Webinar 6 a.m., March 6

In honor of the 2018 Winter Paralympics and International Women’s Day, join this Facebook Live webchat with former Paralympians and civil rights advocates to talk about the importance of diversity and inclusion in sports. How are these change-makers transforming their environments by fighting for disability rights, women’s rights and inclusion? How are they working with …

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Posters, Posters, Posters! You’ve Asked for Them. We Have Them! Do You Want More?

The Office of American Spaces is collaborating with the Publications office to bring BRAND NEW, custom-made, one-of-a-kind downloadable posters  to American Spaces — many in multiple languages. Topics include World Press Freedom Day, Earth Day, women’s history month, black history month and more. How does your American Space use posters? To complement program offerings? Create an inviting environment? Cultivate an American spirit? …

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Connect Local Students to a Virtual U.S. College Fair February 14

EducationUSA and College Week Live are hosting an International Students Day, featuring a virtual college fair for international students, 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST on February 14. An extensive set of  marketing and program materials  includes banners in multiple sizes, a digital campaign toolkit, a program guide and a promotional flyer. American Spaces also can add the  Facebook event  to their events …

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