The National Archives at New York City

To request a professional development workshop, please contact:

Christopher Zarr, Education Specialist

Telephone:   212-401-1620

E-mail:   christopher.zarr@nara.gov

Professional Development Workshops

The National Archives at New York City is pleased to offer free professional development workshops on a variety of topics related to the records of the National Archives. These workshop sessions are suitable for educators, student teachers, administrators, homeschooling parents.

Educational Resources of the National Archives

Length: 90 minutes (minimum) to 120 minutes

Location: On-site or Off-site

Description: In this workshop, teachers will be exposed to the educational resources of the National Archives. With over 9 billion records of the federal government from the American Revolution to the 1990s, our holdings include some of the essential documents of our national experience. This workshop includes an overview of our holdings, strategies for using primary sources in the classroom, and a look at our free educational materials available online. Learn how to navigate the Archival Research Catalog, unlock hidden history in the Digital Vaults, delve into our national leader's pasts at the Presidential Timeline, explore Our Documents and learn how DocsTeach about our past.

Primary Source Research at the National Archives

Length: Half-Day to Full-Day

Location: On-site

Description: An immersive experience at the National Archives at New York City. Participants will learn about the variety of primary sources available at the National Archives and how to access them. In addition, educators will have the opportunity to work with facsimiles, digitized records, microfilm, and original records from our holdings.

Exploring DocsTeach

Length: 90 minutes (minimum) to 120 minutes

Location: On-site or Off-site

Description: DocsTeach is an interactive website designed for teachers and their students. Participants will not only learn how to explore the over 4,000 documents in DocsTeach, but will discover ways to use the seven ready made tools to create their own educational activities.

Getting Ready for National History Day

Length: 90 minutes (minimum) to 120 minutes

Location: On-site or Off-site

Description: Whether one is new to National History Day or looking for a refresher course, the Getting Ready for National History Day workshop provides teachers, advisors, and parents with the primary sources and skills to create one's project. Participants will learn about National History Day, the importance of primary sources, and how to find and use primary sources in the finished project.

Family History Research

Length: 90 minutes (minimum) to 120 minutes

Location: On-site or Off-site

Description: Participants will learn the basics of doing Family History research and gain the skills to find Passenger Arrival records, Census records, Naturalization records and others detailing the lives of their ancestors.

Exploring Our Ethnic Heritage

Length: 90 minutes (minimum) to 120 minutes

Location: On-site or Off-site

Description: This workshop will explore the diversity of America through a variety of documents that help students uncover the past of various ethnicities. The workshop will feature hands-on activities investigating the primary sources of the National Archives. Teachers will leave with examples of the census, passenger arrival, and naturalization records in addition to documents that help enlighten the history of various ethnic groups. Teachers will also learn strategies of using these documents in their classroom and how to continue researching for additional sources.

Exploring Our American Symbols

Length: 90 minutes (minimum) to 120 minutes

Location: On-site or Off-site

Description: Teachers will explore the primary sources of the National Archives related to symbols such as the American Flag, the Great Seal of the United States, and the Statue of Liberty. Participants will receive copies of these primary sources and will discuss methods of incorporating the documents into the classroom. Participants will also gain an understanding of how to find other resources from the National Archives.

Teaching with Documents: Using the US Constitution

Length: 90 minutes (minimum) to 120 minutes

Location: On-site or Off-site

Description: What does the light bulb have to do with the U. S. Constitution? Or the board game "Monopoly"? How about the letter you wrote to the president when you were in elementary school? The answer to all three questions is: plenty - if you know your Constitution. The National Archives is pleased to present the Using the Constitution workshop.

Teaching with Documents: Using Immigration Records

Length: 90 minutes (minimum) to 120 minutes

Location: On-site or Off-site

Description: The United States is often called a nation of immigrants. Teachers will explore primary sources of the National Archives to broaden their students' understanding of the diverse nature of immigration. Among these are photographs, Chinese Exclusion case files, and Board of Special Inquiry transcripts.

Teaching with Documents: Using Records related to Civil Rights

Length: 90 minutes (minimum) to 120 minutes

Location: On-site or Off-site

Description: Documents in the National Archives give voice to our national struggle for personal rights and freedoms. From the Emancipation Proclamation to the five cases that comprised Brown v. Board of Education, this workshop features a sampling of documents that help explain the growth of civil rights.

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