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Spinale, Tracie

Learning Programs Manager

education and training

Professional Biography

  • I collaborate with communities to create cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary learning experiences. I organize opportunities for museum professionals, educators, students, and related audiences, focused on informal learning. I've organized programs for a variety of audiences--ranging from teens with cognitive disabilities to Tibetan monastics in India. I manage intern and fellows programs, as well as the Smithsonian Secretary's Youth Advisory Council for Dr. David Skorton. I am also responsible for student privacy and security in the Learning Lab. If you enjoyed the Learning Lab's FAQ--that was me! I've worked at the Smithsonian since 2000, and for ten years I managed over 1,400 yearly internship appointments at the Smithsonian. I have a Master's Degree in Museum Studies from The George Washington University (1998), and studied Anthropology and museums at Beloit College (1996). I love learning and travel, being a mom to two amazing teens, Boxer dogs, and thin-crust pizza.

Public Biography

  • As a Program Manager at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC since 2000, Tracie Spinale works at the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA), collaborating with communities to create cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary learning experiences. She organizes professional develop opportunities for museum professionals, educators, students, and related audiences, focused on education and informal learning within museums. In 2016, Tracie developed the Smithsonian Secretary's Youth Advisory Council for Dr. David Skorton, connecting Smithsonian leadership to the opinions of youth through a series of dialogues and meetings. Tracie manages collections screening for the Smithsonian Learning Lab, as well as privacy policy implementation around users' published collections and youth content. Tracie organizes the Fellowships in Museum Practice program, providing research opportunities for mid- to senior level museum professionals to explore the intersections of theory and practice, and was content manager of museumstudies.si.edu. For ten years, Tracie was the director for internships at the Smithsonian, providing training to 1,400 students yearly. Previous collaborations have included the All Access Digital Arts Program—an informal education program for teens with cognitive disabilities, that creates digital learning opportunities and social inclusion experiences, based on Smithsonian museum content. She is a faculty member in the Sager Science Leadership Institute, supporting Tibetan Buddhist monastic science leadership development by facilitating collaborative learning through the creation of community exhibitions—World of Your Senses (2010) and My Earth, My Responsibility (in progress). Tracie has a MA in Museum Studies from The George Washington University (1998), and a BA in Anthropology from Beloit College (1996).