Find the National Archives at NCSS!

Teachers at the National Archives at NYCFor those of you attending, we’ll see you at the National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference in Washington, DC, next month!

Please join us at any of our sessions, workshops, or special events.


Thursday, December 1

“Civil Rights, the Constitution and the National Archives” Pre-Conference Clinic

A few spaces remain! Join us for an engaging and fun-filled day exploring exhibits, learning about programs, and discovering primary sources!

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: The National Archives Building in Washington, DC


Friday, December 2

“DocsTeach: A Primary Source-Based Teaching Tool from the National Archives”

Discover DocsTeach.org and its new features. Learn to find, customize, and create primary source-based student activities that promote historical thinking and build inquiry skills.

Time: 8:45 – 9:45 am
Room: 147A

Primary-Source Lessons for U.S. Government or History Classes

Learn powerful ways to use primary sources in your U.S. government or history class and gain access to free, short, primary source lessons online.

Time: 10:00 – 10:30 am
Room: 209C

29 Sure-Fire Ideas for Teaching Civics

Get new ideas for transforming civics education in the classroom, presented by our partners in the Civics Renewal Network and featuring National Archives resources.

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Room: 145B


Saturday, December 3

“Why a Bill of Rights? National Archives App and Resources”

Learn about the National Archives’s app, videoconference, and other resources that can help your students understand why and how we have a Bill of Rights. Includes hands-on analysis.

Time: 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Room: 203B

National Archives Evening Reception

Visit the National Archives for this special evening reception. Participants will be invited to view the Charters of Freedom, explore the museum’s latest temporary exhibit, Amending America, as well as the permanent exhibit spaces, and participate in demonstrations of new education resources available from across the agency. This is a ticketed event.

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: The National Archives Building in Washington, DC


Sunday, December 4

“Engage Your Students in Decision-Making Role Play Simulations Using Documents”

Engage in a documents-based decision making simulation using and evaluating multiple sources. Discuss the theoretical context for learning through simulations. A How to Read Government Documents resource and other materials are provided.

Time: 8:00 – 10:00 am
Room: 149A

“Bringing Authentic Native American Voices into Your Classroom”

Learn simple principles, approaches and authentic methods of honoring tribal legacies in your own community and classroom no matter where you are in the United States.

Time: 8:00 – 10:00 am
Room 140A

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