Professional Development

"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.

American Studies Summer Institute

July 8-19, 2019 (weekdays), 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. This year’s program, held at the Kennedy Library, will explore the changing landscape of American voting over time. In this historical moment when issues surrounding voting are again front and center, the Institute will delve into the diverse controversies over suffrage in the political and cultural spheres, past and present.

The Nonfiction Writer's Toolbox

How does the sentence-by-sentence crafting of a story enable them to clarify their ideas? What strategies do they use for investigating sources and fact-checking? Can their books serve as mentor texts for helping students to develop their own ability to think and learn through writing?

Resources from To Light the World

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.

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.