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Elementary students make their voices heard at a reenactment of the March on Washington. New! Issue 18 Fall 2014: An article with suggested activities on the Voting Rights Act, a lesson plan for reenacting the March on Washington, information and an activity about the Library's exhibit on the Cuban Missile Crisis, an announcement about four Kennedy Library programs at the 2014 NCSS conference, and a lesson plan on art as a civic language.
Soviet Military Build Up Issue 17 Fall 2012: An article about the Cuban Missile Crisis, including a lesson plan and web resources, and information about a related conference and traveling exhibit; and a lesson plan on campaigns and elections.
letter Issue 16 Spring 2012: An article about the TAH seminar Voices from the Past; in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of John Glenn's orbital flight, a lesson plan for middle and high school students incorporating a letter about the space program; a list of lesson plans for all grade levels in the Curricular Resources section of our website that use letters as primary sources; recaps of The Presidency and Civil Rights Conference and the Federal Budget Simulation Program for high school students. 
JFK and JBK Issue 15 Fall 2011: An article about the newly unsealed Jacqueline Kennedy oral history, strategies for how to use Oral Histories and how to explore the Digital Archives in the classroom, an article on The President's Desk interactive microsite and Resource Guide for Teachers, a recap of Crossing Borders teacher conference, and a spotlight on student awards and activities at the Library.
JFK50.org Logo Issue 14 Winter 2011: A message from Caroline Kennedy, articles on the 50th anniversaries of JFK's Inauguration and the founding of the Peace Corps, a classroom activity for high school students, articles on the debut of www.JFK50.org and the digital archives at www.jfklibrary.org, and information on our upcoming teacher conference, Crossing Borders: Through Literature, Poetry and Personal Stories.
Campaign Button Issue 13 Fall 2010: Articles and lesson plans about the first televised presidential debate for elementary, middle, and high school grades, and updates from the Kennedy campaign Twitter feed.
Al Hunt, nominating teacher Sandra Reagan, and 2010 winner Michael Reed Issue 12 Spring 2010: An article about the special exhibit Winning West Virginia, activities for using the Kennedy presidential campaign on Twitter in the classroom, and an excerpt from the 2010 Profiles in Courage Essay Contest  winning entry.
President Kennedy meets with the leaders of the March on Washington in the Oval Office on 28 August, 1963.

Issue 11 Winter 2010: Classroom lesson plans about civil rights for elementary, middle, and high school grades; an article about the work of Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Eunice Kennedy Shriver; and an article about the Kennedy Library teacher institute, The President at Work.

Inaugural Address of John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, 20 January 1961. SC-CC18209

Issue 10 Winter 2009: Classroom lesson plans related to the Inauguration of John F. Kennedy for elementary, middle, and high school grades; and articles about the National Student/Parent Mock Election and a Boston Public School teacher who uses the Library with his students.

1960 Presidential Election Returns

Issue 9 Spring 2008: A classroom lesson comparing the results of the 1960 presidential election with the 2008 presidential election, and articles about a Kennedy Library teacher institute, Our Government in Action, and the 2008 Student Leadership Conference

Senators John F. Kennedy, Henry “Scoop” Jackson, and Mike Mansfield join colleagues in a game of softball.

Issue 8 Winter 2008: Articles about the special exhibit, Shaping Up America: John F. Kennedy, Sports and the Call to Physical Fitness, and the Cuban Missile Crisis teacher conference; and resources for evaluating biographies with children. 

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Issue 7 Spring 2007: Articles about Kennedy Library professional development, including the teacher conference, One Country, Many Voices: Cultural Connections to Our History and the Teaching American History grant-funded Cold War institute; and articles about the Election-Year Debate Program and Federal Budget Simulation Program for high school students; and an activity using a photograph to learn about a young JFK.