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

Due to uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are postponing this summer's program until July 2021. Our 2021 program will examine youth participation in US social movements from the late 19th century to the present and will focus on labor, anti-war, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, environmentalism, and gun control campaigns.

Dignity and Justice for All: Stories of Protest, Resistance, and Change

Due to the coronavirus public health emergency, the conference is canceled. Registrants will receive full refunds. | Join keynote speaker Dr. Debbie Reese and award-winning authors Jabari Asim, Ann Bausum, and Doreen Rappaport to explore how children's literature can help students better understand how people past and present have organized movements to achieve dignity and justice.

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.