Office of the Assistant Secretary for Education and Access

From the museum floor to the Web and classrooms all over the globe, Smithsonian educators and staff members connect audiences to physical sciences, arts and cultures, history, life sciences, and the natural world. Known and trusted worldwide, the Smithsonian has unique potential to awaken the joy of learning in millions. The objects in the Smithsonian collections inspire response; trained staff, virtual field trips, curricula and programs support learners of all ages in their journeys of continual discovery.

The Smithsonian seeks the funds to tailor our vast educational assets to meet these 21st-century challenges head-on. We must design and integrate education programs to anticipate the future and inspire creativity in teachers, parents and young people.

“We face a new education crisis. It’s no longer just about achievement. It’s about dreams and desire. Many of our children aren’t pursuing careers or becoming leaders because they don’t see why or how. Collaborating with the right partners, the Smithsonian can be a convener and change this picture.” 

Claudine Brown, Assistant Secretary for Education & Access

My Smithsonian (MySI) is Smithsonian's Participant Access System (PAS) initiative originating from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Education and Access (ASEA).

My Smithsonian is being  developed to engage and educate audiences using content, resources, and programming from Smithsonian and collaborating agencies and organizations.

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