Ann Caspari is an early childhood education specialist and works to develop the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s learning experiences for young children and their families. Ann also leads a professional development course in inquiry science for early childhood teachers in the District of Columbia Public Schools.
Ann holds a master’s degree in museum education from The George Washington University and has more than twenty years of experience working in museums with school and family audiences. As Manager of Museum Programs for the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center she gave professional development seminars on museums and young children. Other museum work included the National Building Museum and the Calvert Marine Museum.
Ann co-authored, with Carol Kuhlthau and Leslie Maniotes, Guided Inquiry: Learning in the Twenty-first Century and Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in Your School.
Research And Grants
- PNC Grow Up Great With Science - Year 4 awarded by PNC Foundation
- PNC Grow Up Great with Science - Year 5 awarded by PNC Foundation
- Science in Pre-K awarded by Fight For Children
- Caspari, Ann and McGettigan, Tiffany. 2020. "Using Museum Resources to Help Preserve Childhood in a Pandemic." Smithsonian Voices Washington, DC: Smithsonian Magazine. Dec 3, 2020. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-education/2020/12/03/using-museum-resources-help-preserve-childhood-pandemic/. 2024
- National Air & Space Museum Academic Department