Teachers

Workshops at Boston

Come to the National Archives in Waltham, MA, for your professional development or in-service training. The education staff will work with you to identify specific areas of need and interest. For large groups, we are available to come to your location for in-service programs.

Attend the monthly free Thursday-night professional development programs on Teaching with Documents (first Thursdays and some others, too, 6–8 p.m.). Teachers can earn 10 PD points by attending 5 programs, one of which must be Research Methods.

Teaching with documents enables you to create experiential lessons and meaningful assessments; and it's fun. You'll explore treasures of the National Archives, learn how to access them in person and online, and practice using them for teaching and learning.

2014 Teacher Workshops

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Research Methods: Original Records

Thursday, January 9: 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Work with original records from the National Archives, learn research methods, and apply these methods to teaching and learning. This Applications of Research Methods workshop fulfills a requirement for PDPs.

The People’s Martyr

Thursday, January 23: 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Historian Erik J. Chaput presents his spellbinding new book, The People’s Martyr: Thomas Wilson Dorr and His 1842 Rhode Island Rebellion. The Dorr Rebellion, a revolutionary uprising, was a critical moment in U.S. history, influencing the election of 1860 and Civil War. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Best Practices

Thursday, February 6: 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year Jeanne Lenza, an elementary and middle school teacher in the Waltham Public Schools, will share materials and strategies for teaching and learning in the social studies classroom. Get ready for some fun!

We Came From...

Thursday, March 6: 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Teaching about immigration, migration, and American identity provides important and meaningful opportunities. Using literature, primary sources, and activities, we’ll construct historical narratives in the context of immigration.

Teaching about the Holocaust

Thursday, April 3: 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Shoah means catastrophe, calamity, devastation, tumult. How do we teach about the Holocaust and the lessons of that catastrophe? Anchored in the documentary Night and Fog, the materials, activities, and conversation will address this important and difficult subject. Please note that content may be explicit.

21st-Century Access to Historical Records

Thursday, May 1: 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Bring your laptops (or work in our lab) to explore online resources and create computer-based activities using DocsTeach—our online tool for teaching with documents—and other initiatives from the National Archives.

Research Methods: Original Records

Thursday, June 5: 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Work with original records from the National Archives, learn research methods, and apply these methods to teaching and learning. This Applications of Research Methods workshop fulfills a requirement for PDPs.

2014 Summer Institutes

Free and fun multi-day workshops!

July 9–10 "A City of Neighborhoods: The Changing Face of Boston": A two-day immigration workshop at the Boston Public Library, in conjunction with the Leventhal Map Center

July 21-25 Primarily Teaching at the National Archives at Boston: A week-long workshop of presentations, independent research with original documents, and curriculum development

Workshops Available Upon Request

  • Meet the National Archives: Introduction to Teaching with Documents
  • DocsTeach! 21st-century Access to Our Nation's Historical Records
  • Teach the Constitution: It's the Law!
  • The Golden Door: American Migration and Immigration
  • Exploring Civil Rights
  • Prequel to Independence: Who Fired the Shot Heard Round the World?

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Available Upon Request:

  • Meet the National Archives: Introduction to Teaching with Documents
  • DocsTeach! 21st-Century Access to Our Nation's Historical Records
  • Teach the Constitution: It's the Law!
  • The Golden Door: American Migration and Immigration
  • Exploring Civil Rights
  • Prequel to Independence: Who Fired the Shot Heard Round the World?

To request a professional development workshop: Contact Us (781) 663-0126 or (781) 663-0130

Location: The National Archives at Boston 380 Trapelo Road
Waltham, MA 02452-6399

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