"This institute was, by far, the best I have ever attended in all my years of teaching.” — Boston Public School teacher.

The Department of Education and Public Programs of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum provides professional development opportunities for elementary and secondary school educators. These offerings range from day-long conferences to two-week institutes and take place throughout the year. Programs combine opportunities to interact with leaders in the fields of history, public affairs and politics with creative teaching tools and primary source materials.

2015 American Studies Summer Institute

American Studies Summer Institute

The American Studies Summer Institute allows teachers and graduate students in American Studies, political science, history, and related disciplines to explore in depth a topic drawn from American history, politics, culture, or social policy. This intensive two-week summer program includes informative and thought-provoking lectures and discussions led by a distinguished group of scholars and guests.

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To Light the World: Stories of Hope and Courage for Challenging Times

Resources from To Light the World

April 3, 2014

On April 3, 2014, over 120 educators and school librarians attended the conference To Light the World: Stories of Hope and Courage for Challenging Times. Mary Ann Cappiello moderated an author's panel featuring Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Walter Dean Myers, and Doreen Rappaport. On this page, listen to an excerpt from Walter Dean Myers's talk.

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Crossing Borders

Resources from Crossing Borders Through Literature, Poetry and Personal Stories

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the John F. Kennedy National Historic Site presented Crossing Borders - Through Literature, Poetry and Personal Stories, a conference for teachers of grades 3-8 and school librarians. More than 100 people gathered at the Library for discussions on how to deepen students’ understanding of peoples and cultures around the world.

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