Educator Resources

Professional Development Webinars

Visit the National Archives without leaving your school or home! Our interactive programs feature historical documents, images, maps, posters, and other primary sources.

2015–2016 Webinars

Using Family History in the Classroom

Grave of a Civil War Veteran Image Source

Thursday, November 19, 8–9 p.m. ET or Saturday, November 28, 11 a.m.–noon ET: Learn techniques and discover resources that can help motivate reluctant learners. The game changes when students realize they are learning about themselves and their own families. We will be introducing methods that won't make you crazy, and activities students will love. A National Archives certificate of Professional Development (1 clock hour) is available. Class size is limited. Register

Secrets for Using the National Archives National Archives Catalog

Photograph of Card Catalog in Central Search Room Image Source

Saturday, January 9, 11 a.m.–noon ET or Thursday, January 14, 8–9 p.m. ET: You will learn how primary sources are organized both on and offline, and the difference between a "series," "file unit," and an "item." This understanding, along with learning search techniques specific to the online catalog, will help you and your students become more efficient National Archives researchers. A National Archives certificate of Professional Development (1 clock hour) is available. Class size is limited. Register

Primarily Teaching Online

Crossing of Carson River Image Source

You will learn the tools and techniques to find National Archives primary source documents, materials and techniques related to the 2016 National History Day theme "Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in History." Your discoveries will be added to DocsTeach.org and you will be able to almost immediately create a quality DocsTeach activity to use with your class. The activity is your final exam.

This is a series of seven classes or less on Thursdays 8–9:30 p.m. ET and Saturdays noon–3 p.m. ET from February 4–March 3. Also available will be 2 graduate credits (for a small fee) or a National Archives Certificate of Professional Development (1.5 to 15 clock hours at no charge, depending upon the classes you attend.) Class size is limited. Register

St Patrick's Day Records

Mrs. Bush Participates in a the Presentation of Shamrocks in Honor of St. Patrick's Day Image Source

Thursday, March 10, 8–8:45 p.m. ET (Register) or Saturday, March 12, 11–11:45 a.m. ET (Register): St Patrick's Day comes every year to American classrooms. Perhaps you could use the original order by George Washington declaring the St Patrick's Day holiday for the Revolutionary troops in your curriculum. Or maybe see what government officials, including the President of the United States, were doing on that particular day, just for fun? Did you know one First Lady celebrated her birthday on March 17th? A collection of St. Patrick's Day documents will be included for every participant. You will also receive a one-hour professional development certificate from the National Archives.

Recorded National History Day Workshops

Join us to 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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