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 Our interactive webinars for educators feature historical documents, images, maps, posters, and other primary sources — as well as resources and strategies for bringing primary sources into your classroom.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

 

What Does it Mean to Remove a People? Resources to Support Your Teaching of American Indian Forced Removals

October 19, 2017, (offered twice) 7-8 p.m. or 10-11 p.m. ET

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Map of Lands Assigned to Indians, Western Territory, ca. 1834

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Join the National Archives and the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) with Robert Perry, Chickasaw storyteller.

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 other forced removals of tribes from the eastern and mid-western United States to various locations across the United States, some of which might have been from (or crossed through) your very own area of the country.

A new online lesson from NMAI provides perspectives from Native American community members, documents, maps, images, and activities to help teach an important and difficult chapter in the history both of Native Nations and the United States. Coupled with U.S. government records from the National Archives, 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 is part of a series of webinars featuring new National Archives resources for locating and using Federal records related to Native Americans and Alaska Natives. Look for additional webinars throughout the year.

 


WWI Resources for the Classroom: Remembering WWI App and DocsTeach.org

October 24, 2017, 7-8 p.m. ETRemember WWI app home screen

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Connect with new resources for teaching WWI during this fun and informative webinar!

Remembering WWI is an app for iPads and Android tablets for exploring, collaborating, and engaging with our extensive collection of WWI photographs and moving images, along with contributions from other organizations and individuals. App developer Historypin will introduce the app and demonstrate how teachers can navigate thousands of WWI photo and film primary sources from the holdings of the National Archives, and build their own narratives using the core collection-creation feature. Dive into analyzing thematic content within the app and explore how you can use this rich content in the classroom.

Participants are invited to follow along on the Remembering WWI app, but access to the app is not required to participate in the webinar. We will also highlight additional classroom tools for engaging students with WWI resources through DocsTeach.org.

 


Remembering Vietnam: The Road to War

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 7-8 p.m. ET

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President Eisenhower Greets Ngo Dinh Diem, 5/8/1957

This is the first in a two-part series connecting educators with primary source documents for teaching the Vietnam War, in conjunction with the new Remembering Vietnam exhibit (opening November 2017) at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC. 

Register today for one or both webinars in the series.

During this interactive webinar, explore the Vietnam policy of the United States government through documents from the Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy administrations. Practice primary source analysis techniques and learn about resources for bringing Vietnam War documents into your classroom from the National Archives.

Register today to join the National Archives, Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum,  Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, and John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum for this special webinar, part of a two-part series examining the United States involvement in Vietnam through the lens of government policy.

 


Remembering Vietnam: The Road Through War

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 7-8 p.m. ET

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President Lyndon B. Johnson Signing the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, 8/10/1964

This is the second in a two-part series connecting educators with primary source documents for teaching the Vietnam War, in conjunction with the new Remembering Vietnam exhibit (opening November 2017) at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC. 

Register today for one or both webinars in the series.

During this interactive webinar, explore the Vietnam policy of the United States government through documents from the Johnson, Nixon, and Ford administrations and the United States Congress. Practice primary source analysis techniques and learn about resources for bringing Vietnam War documents into your classroom from the National Archives.

Register today to join the Center for Legislative Archives, The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, and Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum for this special webinar, part of a two-part series examining the United States involvement in Vietnam through the lens of government policy.

 


Native American Perspectives on the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7-8 p.m. ET or 7-8 p.m. PT

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Honoring Tribal Legacies

Join us for this program presenting details of the Honoring Tribal Legacies Handbook, in conjuction with the University of Oregon and the National Park Service Lewis and Clark Trail. The two-volume handbook and its seven sample Teachings (curriculum units) were designed to teach the Native side of the Lewis and Clark experience using primary sources, stories, songs, theater, video, and classroom experiments. It provides a foundation for designing your own curriculum. Suitable for all grade levels.

This is part of a series of webinars featuring new National Archives resources for locating and using Federal records related to Native Americans and Alaska Natives. Look for additional webinars throughout the year.


Recorded 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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