Summer Professional Development Opportunities

Join the National Archives this summer for online and onsite professional development opportunities!

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Online Opportunities – at a Glance

Onsite Opportunities – at a Glance

Online Opportunities – Details:

Truman Library Teachers Conference – Presidential Character and Decision Making 

July 12-14, 2022

Online via Zoom

Presidential Character and Decision Making is a three day workshop for teachers. Teachers will learn from and interact with presenters from the following presidential museums and libraries: Truman Library, Clinton Library, Hoover Library, Carter Library, Roosevelt Library, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, George HW Bush Library, Eisenhower Library, and Johnson Library.

Presenters from ten presidential libraries will each share how their president made decisions with the Constitution in mind, how it helped them and how it hindered them. Teaching activities will be shared throughout the week and in the virtual environment there will be a number of interactive sessions for teachers to learn from.

Learn more and register: 

We Rule: Civics for All of US Teacher Professional Development Workshops

July 19, 21, 26, & 28, 2022 at 12:30–2:30 PM ET

Online via Zoom

Educators, join the National Archives for a summer online workshop series! Each two-hour program will explore how to use primary sources to delve into the big ideas of the founding documents. During each interactive session, participants will engage with primary sources and partake in collaborative group work and discussion to discover how to use National Archives resources and programs to teach civic knowledge and skills.

These programs are offered as a part of We Rule: Civics for All of US, a new education initiative from the National Archives that promotes civic literacy and engagement. Visit for more information.

  • July 19, 2022, 12:30–2:30 PM ET – The Bill of Rights Workshop for Elementary Educators Register
  • July 21, 2022, 12:30–2:30 PM ET – The Bill of Rights Workshop for Secondary Educators Register
  • July 26, 2022, 12:30–2:30 PM ET – We the People: Teaching the Constitution Workshop for Elementary Educators Register
  • July 28, 2022, 12:30–2:30 PM ET – The Power to Vote: Who Decides? Workshop for Secondary Educators Register

2022 Three Branches Institute

August 2–4, 2022

Online Via Zoom

In collaboration with the United States Capitol Historical Society, the Supreme Court Historical Society, and the White House Historical Association, the National Archives is pleased to invite you to participate in the Three Branches Institute.

At the Institute, you’ll learn from each organization above about their respective branch of government. Discover new ideas for teaching about the three branches in your classroom, explore new resources, and network with fellow educators. 

Registration is free and open to all educators through July 17, 2022. 

Registration Link: 

Please note the White House Historical Association is coordinating the registration for this event. 

Onsite Opportunities – Details

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum American Studies Summer Institute: America’s Silenced  Histories

July 11–22 in Boston, MA

Join the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum for an intensive ten-day program of thought-provoking lectures and discussions led by distinguished scholars and practitioners. The American Studies Summer Institute, an annual program co-sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Boston American Studies Department and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, offers educators and graduate students the opportunity to explore in depth a rich topic with contemporary resonance drawn from American social, cultural and political history.

The 2022 Summer Institute

Narratives of America’s past originate and evolve in specific historical and cultural contexts. The resulting stories—shaped by existing ideas about whose histories matter—have been skewed by their omissions, elisions, and pernicious distortions of the past engendered by prevailing inequalities. This summer’s program will consider our country’s untold stories, discussing the ways that voices have been silenced, misrepresented, and underrepresented in the scholarship, in archives, and in public memory. We will consider why events such as the 1921 Tulsa Massacre only recently received a national accounting and why Americans “forget” large-scale phenomena such as the influenza pandemic of 1918. Together we will delve into explanations of these elisions and their consequences for the nation. We will explore how people of color, immigrants, and other groups have preserved and recovered their histories and reinstated these in the public record.

Learn more and submit an application by May 27, 2022: 

Maryland Humanities Summer Teacher Institutes 2022 – Primary Sources and Project-Based Learning at the National Archives Research Center

July 25–29 in Washington, DC

Through a grant from the Library of Congress, Maryland Humanities is excited to offer free in-person Teaching with Primary Sources summer institutes. Participants will receive 3 MSDE CPD credits. Space is limited, and successful applicants will be notified. All K-12 teachers, specialists, and librarians are welcome to apply.

We will welcome K–12 educators for a research experience focused on exploring the National Archives. Participants will choose a research topic and use primary sources from the National Archives’ physical and online collections. Learn about the National History Day 2023 theme and complete your own mini-research project to take back to your classroom. Explore free teaching resources including DocsTeach from the National Archives and Maryland Humanities’ TPS Inquiry Kits. Participants will spend Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Archives, and will participate remotely on Tuesday and Thursday. Participants will receive complimentary breakfast and lunch during onsite days, as well as a $50 travel stipend.

Apply here: 

Please note Maryland Humanities is coordinating the application process for this event. 

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