Educator Resources

Professional Development Webinars

Visit the National Archives without leaving your school or 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 Our interactive webinars for educators feature historical documents, images, maps, posters, and other primary sources — as well as resources and strategies for bringing primary sources into your classroom.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 distancelearning@nara.gov.

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.

Upcoming Webinars

 

An Introduction to DocsTeach.org and Online Resources from the National Archives

DocsTeachMonday, August 13, 2018, 12 p.m. EDT & Friday, August 17, 2018, 3 p.m. EDT

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Gear up for the 2018-2019 school year with an introduction to DocsTeach.org, the online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives. Discover primary sources for teaching history and civics topics. Explore the 12 different document-based activity tools and learn how, with a free DocsTeach account, you can create your own activities or modify existing activities to share with your students. Also learn about additional online resources from the National Archives including document analysis worksheets, and lesson plans and eBooks from the Center for Legislative Archives.

 


 

Preview of 2018 Distance Learning Programs for Students

Students in a Distance Learning ProgramMonday, August 13, 2018, 3 p.m. EDT & Friday, August 17, 2018, 12 p.m EDT

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Discover how you can bring the National Archives to your classroom through interactive, primary source-based distance learning programs! In this special half-hour session, you will preview our K-12 distance learning programs, including new programs for the 2018-2019 school year. Learn about the technology requirements and how to prepare your students for the different programs.


 


 

Women's Voices in the Records of Congress

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Appeal from the National Woman Suffrage Association, including Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 11/10/1876

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 12 p.m. EDT

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This program is part of a new webinar series from the Center for Legislative Archives. Get an early look at new education resources and projects in development at the Center for Legislative Archives featuring the records of Congress.

The first webinar in this series will explore women’s voices in the fight for suffrage in the records of the 45th Congress around the time when Senator Aaron Sargent first introduced a woman suffrage amendment to the Constitution. During this webinar you will receive primary sources and activity suggestions that will help students understand the agency of women in the fight for the right to vote, and evaluate the arguments made for and against woman suffrage by women and men in the 1870s.

 


 

Teaching the Constitution with Political Cartoons

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Anyone Home? Cartoon by Clifford Berryman, 2/24/1920

Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 7 p.m. EDT

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Join the Center for Legislative Archives to discover how to use political cartoons to teach about the United States Constitution. Offered for the second year, this webinar will draw from the collection of Clifford K. Berryman cartoons from the U.S. Senate Collection. Berryman’s career as a political cartoonist in Washington, DC, spanned five decades and his cartoons are a rich resource for history and civics lessons.

During this interactive webinar, you will practice techniques for helping students evaluate visual content and explore ideas for how to use political cartoons to illustrate the “Big Ideas” of the Constitution, such as separation of powers and representative democracy. You will also explore additional resources from the National Archives for integrating political cartoons in the classroom, such as DocsTeach.org. This webinar is designed for middle school and high school educators.

 


 

Citizen Archivists in the Classroom Using the New “Native Communities” Program and DocsTeach

recordsSaturday, September 15, 2018, 12 noon EDT

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Join us for a step-by-step introduction to the using the new "Native Communities" program in conjunction with Citizen Archivist initiatives and DocsTeach.org to introduce students to effective primary source research with the possibility of real-time application and practice.

This program is especially for high school and college students and their educators, as well as tribal communities wishing to incorporate relevant Federal Government records into their classrooms. Final products can be published for the general public or kept private for single classroom use only.

This webinar is part of our Native American professional development series. Each program features new resources for locating and using Federal records related to American Indians and Alaska Natives.

 


 

Native American Stories about the Lewis and Clark Expedition

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"Indian Presents" Purchased by Meriwether Lewis, 1803

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Thursday, October 18, 2018, Offered at both 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. EDT

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Join us for this program focusing upon specific curriculum approaches from Honoring Tribal Legacies (from the University of Oregon, National Park Service Lewis and Clark Trail, and the National Archives) using primary sources, stories, songs, theater, video, and classroom experiments. Incorporate these and other National Archives resources into your own classroom materials to teach the Native side of the Lewis and Clark experience. Included will be new material designed to help relate the Native American experience to your own area of the United States. (Live Native storyteller to be announced.)

This webinar is part of our Native American professional development series. Each program features new resources for locating and using Federal records related to American Indians and Alaska Natives.

 


 

The Making of American Indian Treaties

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Sherman and Commissioners with Indian Chiefs at Fort Laramie, 4/1868

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Thursday, November 1, 2018, Offered at both 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. EDT

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The National Archives holds all original American Indian treaties and their associated materials. Many of these materials are now being digitized for the first time as part of an ongoing scanning project. Some of the most fascinating material will include documents, maps, and even drawings of flora and fauna produced by surveyors and other Government employees who nearly always accompanied officials in the negotiating parties.

Just imagine your students producing a play, video, or reenactment using the actual materials produced by treaty negotiators at the time – and focused on the area your students know best, their very own community. Our new or soon-to-be-published online materials are designed to make such a project both possible and easy.

This webinar is part of our Native American professional development series. Each program features new resources for locating and using Federal records related to American Indians and Alaska Natives.

 


 

Teaching the Indian Removal Act of 1830

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Trail of Tears Exhibit at the Cherokee National Museum

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Thursday, November 15, 2018, Offered at both 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. EDT

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Many people associate the term “Trail of Tears” with the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation from the southeastern U.S. to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). However, there were hundreds of other forced removals of tribes to various locations across the United States, some of which might have been from (or crossed through) your very own area of the country.
 
New online lessons and resources provide perspectives from Native American community members, documents, maps, images, and classroom activities to help teach an important and difficult chapter in the history – both of Native communities and of the United States. Coupled with historical U.S. Government records, these resources provide a fuller picture of the scope of removal and its impact on Native people. Join us to learn what resources are available so you can incorporate them into your own curriculum. Suitable for secondary grade levels.

This webinar is part of our Native American professional development series. Each program features new resources for locating and using Federal records related to American Indians and Alaska Natives.

 


 

Penpals from the Past: American Indian Schools in the United States

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"Native Americans from Southeastern Idaho," ca. 1897

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Thursday, December 13, 2018, Offered at both 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. EDT

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Is there anything more compelling than a letter from a penpal?  What if you and your students could read letters, or even see Christmas lists, from American Indian students living in boarding schools in the past – or see images of students in their classrooms? Join us for a look at some examples. Learn a little about their experiences; and engage in the formerly complex process of accessing American Indian boarding and day school records, now made easier through our Native Communities Program.

This webinar is part of our Native American professional development series. Each program features new resources for locating and using Federal records related to American Indians and Alaska Natives.

 


 

Professional Development for Educators YouTube Channel

View previously recorded webinars and National History Day Workshops featuring primary sources and teaching strategies.

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National History Day Workshops

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.

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