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 Our interactive webinars for educators feature historical documents, images, maps, posters, and other primary sources — as well as resources and strategies for bringing primary sources into your classroom.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

 

DocsTeach Webinars

Getting Started with DocsTeach Mini-Webinars

Getting Started with DocsTeachJoin us on Wednesdays at 2 pm ET for a new DocsTeach mini-webinar series! Each 20-minute session will highlight a different aspect of DocsTeach.org and show how you can use DocsTeach to help your students make sense of the stories, events, and ideas of the past by working with primary sources. This series is open to teachers and parents of students of all grade levels. Sign up for the whole series or individual sessions today! 

  • April 15: Finding and Sharing Activities
    • DocsTeach hosts an ever-expanding collection of document-based activities created by the National Archives and teachers around the world. During this session, you will discover how to find teaching activities and share them with students. This recording is available on YouTube.
  • April 22: Finding and Sharing Primary Source Documents
    • DocsTeach provides access to thousands of primary sources – letters, photographs, speeches, posters, maps, videos, and other document types – that span the course of American history. During this session, you will learn how to find primary sources and utilize National Archives’ resources for primary source analysis. This recording is available on YouTube.
  • April 29: Assigning and Viewing Student Work
    • DocsTeach activities can be assigned to students to complete online. This session will demonstrate how to assign and access student work via your DocsTeach account, and how to receive students’ work on DocsTeach via other learning management systems. This recording is available on YouTube.
  • May 6: Choosing an Activity
    • DocsTeach offers 12 different activity tools that help students develop historical analysis skills. This session will provide an overview of the different tools and help you decide which activity to use. This recording is available on YouTube.
  • May 20: Modifying Existing Activities
    • On DocsTeach you can borrow from an ever-expanding collection of document-based activities built by the National Archives education staff and teachers around the world. In this session you’ll discover how to modify an activity you find on DocsTeach to better suit your needs. This recording is available on YouTube.
  • May 27: Creating Your Own Activity
    • Create your own online activity on DocsTeach to share with your students! This session will walk you through the process of adding primary sources, setting up your activity, writing instructions for your students, and publishing your activity.

Advanced registration is required. Each session will be recorded and made available at a later date.
 

DocsTeach Webinars By Request

Register and select your preferred dates

Connect your school or district with the National Archives for a custom webinar exploring DocsTeach, the online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives.

  • Minimum of 10 participants 
  • Maximum of 99 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

 

Prior to the webinar, a National Archives educator will work with you in advance to determine what the webinar will cover. Topics may include:

  • An introduction to DocsTeach
  • Finding primary sources for the classroom
  • Creating DocsTeach activities
  • And more depending on your preferences!

 

Questions? Contact DistanceLearning@nara.gov

 

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.

 


 

Request a program today!

Register online using the registration link for the particular program you are interested in above. If you prefer, fill out and return our PDF form to distancelearning@nara.gov.

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