Distance Learning Programs

Visit the National Archives without leaving your school or home! Our interactive programs feature historical documents, images, maps, posters, and other primary sources. We offer free distance learning opportunities for:

Video Conferences for Students

Animals in Space and Other Cool NASA Stuff

Do you think NASA wanted to send a pig into space? What did the original space suits look like? Find the answers to these questions and more by exploring historical NASA documents from the National Archives at Fort Worth. Learn about the development of the space program through records that were created for the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions. Contact Us

  • For grades 3-6
  • 45 minutes
  • National History Standard: Era 9:1C
  • National Science Standard: NS.K-4.7

We the People: A Constitution Day Program

On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. The National Archives celebrates this important day in our nation's history by presenting a program for students to learn more about our Constitution and government. Contact Us

  • For grades 3-5
  • 30 minutes
  • National History Standard: Topic 3:4; Era 3:3

Professional Development Webinars for Educators

New Online Education Materials: Native America

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 8:30 –9:30 p.m. ET: The National Archives has been working with several other federal agencies and academic institutions to make more of our vast holdings of American Indian records less puzzling to the public. Come see where they are, how to use them and ways to incorporate them into your curriculum. Register

Get Ready for 2015 with Fun Activities & Free National Archives Documents

Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 8:30–9:30 p.m. ET: Learn about some of the fun activities that the National Archives Education Team and teachers from across the USA have created using National Archives documents. Get ready for some fun with your students! Register

Understanding the National Archives: Searching the Online Catalog

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 8:30–9:30 p.m. ET: Several hundred thousand of the 12+ billion National Archives primary sources are already in our main online catalog. We're adding more every day. Come learn little tricks that will make a big difference in your search for just the right document, photo, map, cartoon, moving picture, artifact or other primary source. Register

Primarily Teaching Online

Four consecutive Wednesday meetings on February 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2015, 8:30–10 p.m. ET: We will identify primary sources to be added to DocsTeach.org from among the hundreds of thousands contained in the National Archives main online catalog. Participants will complete weekly assignments and create a final classroom-ready activity for their students and the general public that is aligned with the National History Day theme for 2015; “Leadership and Legacy in History.” Class size is limited to 15 participants; professional development hours or graduate credit is available. Learn more

Introduction to Creating on DocsTeach.org

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 8:30–9:30 p.m. ET: If you missed Primarily Teaching, join us for a short introduction to creating DocsTeach activities for yourself, your colleagues, and your students. We will cover basic search techniques, creating, saving, and publishing classroom activities. Register

What’s New at the National Archives at Seattle: The Alaska Records

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 8:30–9:30 p.m. ET: Over 8,000 cubic feet of U.S. government records recently moved from the now-closed Anchorage National Archives to Seattle. The National Archives staff at Seattle have spent months shelving, cataloging, and learning the ins and outs of these records. This webinar will give an overview of these holdings, show examples, and supply general instructions for their retrieval and use in the classroom. Register

Fun Ready-made DocsTeach Activities for the Last Weeks of School

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 8:30–9:30 p.m. ET: Searching for fun DocsTeach activities for your students can be a bit overwhelming due to the number and variety of activities on the website. We'll do the searching for you to find some fun, quality activities to use in your classroom for the last few weeks of school. Send the topics you'll cover in your class for the last few weeks in advance so we can personalize the webinar. Register

New Online Education Materials: The Bill of Rights

Thursday, September 17, 2015, 8:30–9:30 p.m., ET: The Center for Legislative Archives and National Archives education team are releasing online materials especially for the anniversary of the Bill of Rights in 2016! Come explore the newest resources with us just in time for Constitution Day! Register

National History Day Workshops

National History Day

Join us for NHD workshops to learn about:

  • resources for projects and primary source research from the National Archives and our partner organizations,
  • the theme and categories,
  • using primary and secondary sources effectively, and
  • teaching tools for NHD.

We also offer help and training in person at our DC, regional, and Presidential Library locations. Explore all of our resources on our National History Day pages, DocsTeach.org, and our Education Updates blog.

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