What Happens in Washington?: A New Distance Learning Program

Did you know? If your students are currently learning remotely, you can still request a distance learning program from the National Archives. And we’re excited to kick off the new year with a new distance learning program for grades K-2!

During our What Happens in Washington? program, K-2 students will explore Washington, DC, as the seat of our nation’s government, as a tourist destination where people can learn about the history of the United States, and as a place where people can go to make their voices heard. Throughout the program, students will search for American symbols and analyze photographs of important DC destinations. Request your program today! 

We offer several different distance learning programs for students in grades K–12, including:

  • Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote
  • The Charters of Freedom: Building a More Perfect Union
  • The Constitution at Work (for elementary or middle school)
  • Decoding the Declaration
  • Superhero Bill of Rights!
  • The Bill of Rights in Real Life
  • Know Your Rights!

You can find more information about each program on our website.

To make it easier to facilitate our programs for remote learners, we’ve made all pre-program activities optional. And if you’re already using a web conferencing tool, our education specialists can join your session as guest presenters; or we can provide a link to use for the program.

Scheduling Details

  • Available Tuesdays-Thursdays
  • Must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance
  • For groups of 10 or more students
  • Multiple sites can connect at the same time
  • Multiple sessions can be scheduled for the same day or across multiple days

In addition to our by-request programs, we’re also joining the Presidential Primary Sources Project for a new series of free videoconferencing webinars aimed at students in grades 4-12 from January through March.

Check out all of the program offerings, including these from the National Archives and Presidential Libraries and Museums:

  • January 19: The Constitution and Presidential Powers, The National Archives
  • February 2: Planning for the Future–President Carter and the Energy Crisis, Carter Presidential Library
  • February 9: The Great Communicator, Reagan Presidential Library
  • February 11: Women of Kansas: Beyond Dorothy, Eisenhower Foundation
  • February 16: Black Americans and the Great Depression, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and FDR Library
  • March 2: Nothing to Fear But Fear It’s Self–Roosevelt’s First Inaugural, Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
  • March 16: President Clinton’s Public Diplomacy in Northern Ireland, Clinton Presidential Library
  • March 25: Truman’s First 100 days, Truman Presidential Library and Museum

All programs are live at 11 a.m. ET and 2 p.m. ET, and will also be live-streamed and recorded for on-demand viewing. Learn more and register!


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