Teacher Training and Resources for Educators

Education is a key part of our mission. Our goal is to inform and engage others in this invaluable piece of our American history, and use it as a teaching tool for generations to come. By understanding the Nisei soldiers’ stories of loyalty, courage and patriotism, we help to preserve our democracy and shape a more just and equal society.

We are pleased to offer, in partnership with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, an elementary and middle school lessons and activities for download.

NVN and Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center presented a three-day Teacher Training Institute for elementary and middle school teachers on August 9-11, 2023 at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. 17 teachers from six states participated learned historical knowledge, lesson strategies and new resources. The lessons will be taught by these teachers in 2023-2024. To lean more, visit here.

Smithsonian Digital Exhibition – Soldier Stories
In 2016, the NVN celebrated the launch of a digital exhibition celebrating the military service of the Japanese American Nisei soldiers.
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Elementary School Curriculum
Review and download a curriculum suitable for students in grades 2 – 6.
Middle School Curriculum
Review and download a curriculum suitable for students in grades 6 – 8.
Nisei Soldier Teacher Training Institute
High school educators will learn about the courageous men and women of Japanese ancestry from Hawaii and mainland U.S. who served in the U.S. Army during World War II and be trained on student-facing object-based lesson plans that explore freedom and democracy through the Japanese American WWII Nisei Soldier stories and artifacts on display in the Nisei Soldier Experience exhibit at the National Museum of the United States Army.
U.S. Army Exhibition – Nisei Soldier Experience
In the summer of 2020, the National Museum of the United States Army will celebrate the opening of its new facility in Fort Belvoir, VA, just outside of Washington, DC.
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Congressional Gold Medal
Nearly seven decades after the beginning of World War II, the Congressional Gold Medal – the nation’s highest civilian award – was bestowed collectively on the U.S. Army’s 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) for their extraordinary accomplishments in World War II.
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Other Projects & Initiatives
In addition to the exhibitions, curriculum and historical context and resources, the National Veterans Network also initiates other projects, events, advocacy work and other initiatives that help further its mission.
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