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November 15, 2006

National Archives Offers 2007 Summer Institutes for Educators

Washington, DC…The National Archives has opened registration for its 2007 summer institutes for educators. Primarily Teaching: Original Documents and Classroom Strategies will be held at eight National Archives locations nationwide — one at the National Archives in Washington, DC, four at Presidential libraries, and three at regional facilities.

Primarily Teaching is designed to provide access to the rich resources of the National Archives for educators at the upper elementary, secondary, and college levels. Participants will learn how to research the historical records, create classroom materials based on the records, and present documents in ways that sharpen students’ skills and enthusiasm for history, government, and the other humanities. Participants will search the holdings of the National Archives for documents suitable for classroom use and develop strategies for using these documents in the classroom or design professional development activities to help classroom teachers use primary source documents effectively.

Registration is required and space is limited. The cost of the institute, including all materials, is $100. Graduate credit from a major university is available for an additional fee. Applications are available online. See detailed information on workshop locations and dates.

Background

Primarily Teaching is just one of the many programs the National Archives offers to educators. Other teacher training programs include year-round Professional Development Workshops and staff-led workshops at regional and national professional meetings. Electronic workshops are also available through ISDN-based videoconferencing systems. The National Archives runs the Digital Classroom, an online gateway for resources about primary sources, activities and training for educators and students.

The National Archives education office has worked in successful partnership with educators for more than 25 years to promote the use of primary sources in the classroom, produce engaging and teachable document-based materials, and demonstrate active-learning techniques that bring documents to life for students at every level. Additional opportunities for collaboration in these areas with members of the historical community are welcome and sought. For more information, please contact Lee Ann Potter, Education and Volunteer Programs Manager, at: leeann.potter@nara.gov

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For press information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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