Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

Kim Robledo-Diga

Kim Robledo-Diga, Deputy Director of Education leads Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s education team’s operations and works in partnership with the Director of Education to vision the future of design literacy. Kim also served as Manager of Professional Development. In that role she developed and managed Cooper-Hewitt’s nationally recognized Smithsonian Design Institute and City of Neighborhoods professional development programs and teacher curricula for K-12 educators nationwide on the innovative pedagogy of Design Thinking. Prior to joining Cooper Hewitt, Kim was Director for Innovation and Learning at the Newark Museum where she developed and executed new strategies for learning experiences to engage the Museum’s diverse audience.

Understanding the Power of Primary Sources through Home, Hand, and Heart

Primary sources provide learners of all ages with opportunities for deep engagement. Staff from across the Smithsonian share memorable moments in their work that have helped audiences activate their senses, make deep connections to people of the past and see their own home in new ways.