Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Date of Degree


Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name



Liberal Studies


Christopher Schmidt

Subject Categories

Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching | Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Critical and Cultural Studies | Cultural History | Development Studies | Holistic Education | Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching | Museum Studies | Online and Distance Education | Other Education | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures | Secondary Education and Teaching | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Social History | United States History


Education, Museum Studies, Professional Development, US History, Social Studies, Secondary Education, Culturally Responsive Education, American Museum of Natural History


This capstone project consists of a series of professional learning sessions to support teachers in their implementation of Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education (CR-SE) using the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) as a resource and case study. Through the lens of Historically Responsive Literacy, the series also seeks to reestablish social science as a critical element of natural history for teachers. This series can help teachers see the museum as not only a place to explore life and physical science, but also a place to explore identity, social/emotional development, cultural studies and American History. The project includes resources and directions for the session facilitator and the accompanying presentations which can be adapted for virtual or in person use. Sessions one and three are presented in this capstone, and the complete project can be downloaded for use here: https://amnhcrse.commons.gc.cuny.edu/.