2019 Summer Professional Development Around the National Archives

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



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

  • DocsTeach On Demand, by request
  • America and the World: Foreign Affairs in Political Cartoons, 1898–1940, May 30
  • Beyond the Bureau of Indian Affairs: Accessing American Indian Records from the National Archives, June 5

Find program details and registration links in our website.



LBJ Presidential Library
Austin, Texas
June 10-13, 2019

Women have taken active roles in movements throughout history but are often left out of the traditional narrative. During this four-day educator institute, leading experts in the field will explore women’s activism and involvement in various movements throughout modern United States history. It is our hope that educators, through the institute’s lectures and conversations, will be able to share a more inclusive story of women’s roles in movements in their classrooms.

The workshop has a maximum capacity of 40. Please fill out your online application by Friday, March 22. Application requirements include a statement, resume, and a letter of support from your supervisor. All participants will be notified of acceptance by April 1, 2019. Once accepted, there will be a $50 fee to reserve your spot.

National History Day Teacher Institute

National Archives Building
Washington, DC
June 25 – 27
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Participate in a three day National History Day teacher institute to discover how to incorporate NHD successfully in the curriculum, explore primary sources from the National Archives and other DC institutions, and learn from expert NHD teachers.  NHD is a year-long curriculum program for students in grades 6-12. Its methodology includes extensive primary and secondary research into a topic of choice related to an annual theme. Teachers guide students through a project-based learning experience, which pulls together Common Core State Standards and the C3 Framework for English/Language Arts, History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Studies. Contact Missy McNatt – missy.mcnatt@nara.gov with questions.

Register at National History Day Teacher Institute.

American Studies Summer Institute

Democracy and Its Discontents: Interpreting Controversies Over American Suffrage
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Boston, MA
July 8-19, 2019 (weekdays)
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

This intensive two-week program, co-sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the American Studies Department of the University of Massachusetts Boston, includes thought-provoking lectures and discussions led by distinguished scholars and practitioners. This year’s program will explore the changing landscape of American voting over time. In this historical moment when issues surrounding voting are again front and center, the Institute will delve into the diverse controversies over suffrage in the political and cultural spheres, past and present.

Register and Learn More

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

National Archives at College Park
College Park, MD
July 22 – 26

K-12 educators working in Maryland schools are invited to a hands-on research experience. Participants will spend three days at the National Archives at 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 2020 theme, and complete your own mini research project to take back to your classroom. Learn about teaching resources including DocsTeach and TPS Primary Source Inquiry Kits developed in partnership with Maryland Humanities, Maryland Public Television, and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress to Maryland Humanities. Participants will receive three MSDE credits. Please note that if you took a National Archives Teacher Institute last summer, you may not receive the MSDE credit twice.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL Teachers may apply here.

5 thoughts on “2019 Summer Professional Development Around the National Archives

  1. this is an awesome library education reading opportunity
    I was hoping there would be cool books uploaded by writers from here to read

  2. The link for applying to the July 22-26 College Park program takes you to a different offering, one on desegregation, July 15-19 @ Salisbury U. Please clarify.

    1. Hi Lynne — Thank you for letting us know. This workshop is now full, so we have removed the link.

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