Professional Development Webinars
Visit the National Archives from home! Our interactive webinars for educators feature historical documents, images, maps, posters, and other primary sources — as well as resources and strategies for bringing primary sources into your classroom. All webinars are free of charge.
Advance registration required. Questions? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Live captioning is available by request. Please include a request for live captioning services in your registration for the event and submit your registration at least two weeks in advance of the webinar.
Civics for All of US
Free, regularly scheduled professional development workshops for educators explore how to use primary sources to delve into the big ideas of the founding documents of the United States. During each interactive program, 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.
- June 27, 2023 - Interrrogating Presidential Photos
- July 11, 2023 - We the People: Teaching the Constitution Workshop for Elementary Educators
- August 1, 2023 - The Bill of Rights Workshop for Elementary Educators
- August 2, 2023 - The Bill of Rights Workshop for Secondary Educators
Please email email@example.com to request your program for the 2022-2023 school year.
Connect your school or district with the National Archives for one of our by-request professional development webinars!
- Minimum of 10 participants
- Maximum of 250 individual connections per webinar
- Available by request Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-6:00 PM ET
- Program duration is flexible — we recommend 20-60 minutes, depending on the preferred content
- Please submit requests at least one month in advance of desired date
- All requests subject to availability
Discover DocsTeach.org, the online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives. Learn how to find primary sources for teaching history and civics topics. Explore the 12 different document-based activity tools and find out how, with a free DocsTeach account, you can create your own activities or modify existing activities to share with your students online. Already familiar with DocsTeach? Request an in-depth training on creating activities or finding DocsTeach resources for teaching a particular topic.
Join the National Archives for a hands-on session and discover resources for teaching the founding documents of the United States. Discover a model you can use to introduce your students to these documents, take a look at the Declaration of Independence through different lenses, and access primary sources that can help students connect the big ideas of the Constitution and Bill of Rights to their own lives.
Find high-quality online sources for National History Day and tips for how to access them. Schedule a free webinar – customizable by location and grade level – for NHD educators anytime of the year.
- learn about online student resources from the National Archives
- discover methods for searching NHD topics on DocsTeach.org
- explore historical documents from their region of the country
Our self-serve mini-webinars cover DocsTeach basics and tips for online teaching. Each webinar is approximately 20 minutes.
- Getting Started with DocsTeach
- DocsTeach for Online Learning
Our previously recorded webinars feature primary sources and teaching strategies. Access our full Professional Development for Educators playlist on YouTube.
- Petitions, Protest, and Persuasion: Women's Voices in the Records of the National Archives
- Teaching with the Records of Congress
- Teaching the Constitution with Political Cartoons
- Remembering Vietnam: the Road to War-Webinar for Educators
- Remembering Vietnam: The Road Through War-Webinar for Educators
Learn about resources for projects and primary source research from the National Archives and our partner organizations, the theme and categories, using primary and secondary sources effectively, and teaching tools for NHD.