Summer Professional Development Around the National Archives


This summer, join us for one of our professional development workshops for educators.

Professional Development Webinars

Visit the National Archives without leaving your school or home! Our interactive webinars feature resources and strategies for bringing primary sources into your classroom:

  • An Introduction to and Online Resources from the National Archives, August 13 & 17
  • Preview of 2018 Distance Learning Programs for Students, August 13 & 17
  • Women’s Voices in the Records of Congress, August 15
  • Teaching the Constitution with Political Cartoons, September 5

Find program details and registration links in our Upcoming Professional Development Webinars post.

Native American Professional Development Series Webinars

Programs in our Native American professional development series feature new resources for locating and using Federal records related to American Indians and Alaska Natives:

  • New American Indian & Alaska Native Resources and Programs, May 17
  • Bringing Native Voices into the Non-Native Classroom, June 14
  • The Making of American Indian Treaties (rescheduled to November 1)
  • And more programs throughout the year

Find more information about each webinar and register on our Professional Development Webinars page.

Social Justice: On the Field and in the Classroom

LBJ Presidential Library
Austin, Texas
June 25 – 27

During this three-day educator institute, we will examine the relationship between organized sports, education, and the on-going fight for social justice in American society. Through lectures and conversations with experts in the fields of education, sociology, sports, history, and law, educators will be able to explore social justice movements as they relate to their curriculum as well as their students’ lives. This workshop is being presented in conjunction with a temporary exhibit at the LBJ Presidential Library, Get In The Game: The Fight for Equality in American Sports. The exhibition highlights the significance and contributions of minority athletes to the fight for social justice in American society from the late nineteenth century until the present day.

Learn more and register.

National History Day Teacher Institute

National Archives
Washington, DC
June 26 – 28

Learn about resources and primary sources available from the National Archives for teaching and guiding students working on National History Day projects. The institute will take place from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day. To register, email with subject line “DC NHD Institute.”

American Studies Summer Institute: Memory Matters: Constructing America’s Past

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Boston, MA
July 9 – 20

This intensive two-week program, co-sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Boston American Studies Department and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, includes thought-provoking lectures and discussions led by distinguished scholars and guests. We will explore how America’s past has been defined and redefined by a range of agents – from memorials, museums, monuments, and other tourist sites, to textbooks, family stories, communal observances, and popular culture.

Register and learn more.

Primary Sources and Project-Based Learning: A Hybrid Summer Institute

The National Archives at College Park
College Park, MD
July 23 – 27

K-12 educators working in Maryland schools are invited to a hands-on research experience. Participants will spend three days at the National Archives in College Park, and will participate remotely for two days. Choose a research topic and explore primary sources from the Library of Congress and the National Archives. Work with electronic resources, learn about the National History Day 2019 theme, and complete your own mini research project to take back to your classroom. Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress to Maryland Humanities.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL Register and learn more. Updated 4/2/18

Clinton Presidential Library Workshops Available Upon Request

Clinton Presidential Library
Little Rock, Arkansas

“What is a Presidential Library?”
Participants will learn about the resources available through the National Archives and the Presidential Libraries, including programming available for students at the Clinton Presidential Library. A tour of the museum exhibits is included in the workshop.
Credit: 3 hours professional development credit

President Clinton and Arkansas
President Clinton’s Arkansas childhood is explored through a primary source analysis activity. Artifacts and photographs are compared to excerpts from his autobiography, “My Life.”
Credit: 2 hours Arkansas History professional development credit

To request a workshop, email education specialist Kathleen Pate at or call 501-244-2704. The Clinton Presidential Library is an Arkansas Department of Education approved provider.

[Post updated with new webinar information July 18, 2018]

5 thoughts on “Summer Professional Development Around the National Archives

  1. The link under the primary sources institute at the Archives, July 23-27, takes me to a different course (one in early July at Salisbury).

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