"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.

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

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

April 3, 2014

How can literature be used in the classroom to shed light on troubling events in history and in today's world? How can we help students respond creatively to issues of concern and encourage them to believe that they, too, can make a difference? The Kennedy Library, together with the John F. Kennedy National Historic Site, will present a conference this April, featuring conversations with award-winning authors and workshop sessions on strategies and resources for helping students engage with issues of concern.

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American Studies Summer Institute 2014

American Studies Summer Institute

July 7, 2014

For over two decades, teachers and graduate students in American Studies, political science, history, and related disciplines have explored in depth a topic drawn from American history, politics, culture, or social policy through the American Studies Summer Institute, co-sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Boston and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The intensive two-week program, held at the Kennedy Library, includes informative and thought-provoking lectures and discussions led by a distinguished group of scholars and guests.

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We'll Never Turn Back

We'll Never Turn Back: Voices of the Civil Rights Movement

March 7, 2013

This program featured remarkable individuals who played a part in the fight for civil rights during the 1960s, as well as award-winning authors who have brought this pivotal chapter in American history to life for young readers. Participants considered how their stories could be used to inspire students to speak out against intolerance and injustice in today's world.

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Facing Armageddon

Facing Armageddon

October 1, 2012

This special program for educators, held on October 1, 2012, highlighted the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and featured talks by James Blight. janet M. Lang, and Svetlana Savranskaya.

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Crossing Borders

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 on April 7, 2011 for discussions with award-winning authors and Peace Corps educators on how to deepen students’ understanding of peoples and cultures around the world.

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