Tracie Spinale is a learning programs manager overseeing national programs across America and coordinates Smithsonian educational outreach globally.
At Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA), Tracie collaborates with communities worldwide to create cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary learning experiences. Tracie works on the Smithsonian Learning Lab, a new digital education platform that supports teacher and student-centered learning experiences. She also manages the Smithsonian Secretary’s Youth Advisory Council, SCLDA’s internship program, and the Fellowships in Museum Practice program.
For ten years, Tracie was the director for internships at Smithsonian, providing training to 1,300 college students yearly. Tracie is a faculty member in the Sager Science Leadership Institute, supporting Tibetan monastic science leadership development by facilitating collaborative learning through the creation of community exhibitions—World of Your Senses (2010) and My Earth, My Responsibility (2015). She is interested in informal learning within museums inclusive of neurodiversity, and organized the Smithsonian’s first program for teens with cognitive and intellectual disabilities, All Access Digital Arts Program (2011–2016). Tracie holds a BA in Anthropology from Beloit College and an MA in Museum Studies from The George Washington University.
Smithsonian works with the Sager Foundation and the Exploratorium to build science capacity in Tibetan monastic communities through the Science for Monks program. The program fulfills a mandate from His Holiness the Dalai Lama to create a mutually beneficial dialogue between Tibetan Buddhist practices and modern science.