"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.

Conference brochure cover for Sources of Inspiration: History through the Arts and the Lives of Artists

Sources of Inspiration: History through the Arts and the Lives of Artists

April 1, 2015

How can we use stories about artists to enhance the teaching of history and other subjects? How can a photograph, painting, play or other work of art open doors to the past? Spend a day with award-winning creators of children's nonfiction and outstanding educators to explore ways of integrating the arts in the the curriculum and inspiring students' own creativity.

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2015 American Studies Summer Institute

2015 American Studies Summer Institute

This year’s American Studies Summer Institute for teachers and graduate students in American Studies, political science, history, and related disciplines, will ask the following questions: How have the environment, geography, and climate shaped American lives and thought and, in turn, how have Americans transformed the physical world around them? How does investigating the interdependence of nature and human activity deepen our understanding of American history?

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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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