President George W. Bush greets fourth graders, January 5, 2004, at Pierre Laclede Elementary School in St. Louis, Missouri. (P36885-10)
Teachers

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Education specialist Heather Nice discussed how to use primary sources to teach students about the role of First Ladies. The teachers' workshop was held in conjunction with "America's First Ladies: An Enduring Vision" conference on March 5, 2012 at SMU in Dallas, Texas.

Our Education Program offers professional development opportunities for educators. We have partnered with education organizations across the country to offer training programs and workshops, and to ensure educators receive credit for their participation.

All training requests should allow for a minimum presentation time of 75 minutes. Participants should have Internet access for exploring resources.

Training Programs

Using Primary Sources & Projects to Teach First Ladies as Leaders of Change

Although only 3 are mentioned in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), First Ladies have played a significant role in American history: shaping public policy, humanitarian efforts, and international diplomacy. Participants will learn how to incorporate the First Ladies into existing TEKS using the interactive modules created by the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Additional resources, primary source analysis strategies, cross-curricular topics, and existing service learning projects tied to initiatives of the First Ladies are also highlighted.

Using National Archives Records to Build Historical Thinking & Teach World Events

Using primary source analysis methods with the records of the National Archives and Records Administration, explore how to effectively incorporate documents created by the U.S. government into teaching world events while facilitating learner-led inquiry and higher-level thinking. Participants leave with information on resources, new analysis techniques, and project ideas.

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Resource Workshops

Director of Education and Scholarship Programs of the White House Historical Association John Riley speaks to educators attending the teachers' workshop held in conjunction with "America's First Ladies: An Enduring Vision" conference on March 5, 2012 at SMU in Dallas, Texas..

Our workshops offer educators the opportunity to receive more in-depth instruction on using the records and resources available through the National Archives and the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. There are no set themes for workshops; however, any of the above training programs can be experienced as a workshop.

Each workshop request should allow for a minimum presentation time of 2 hours. Participants should have Internet access for exploring resources.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost for a training or a workshop?

There is no charge. Contact our Education Program to schedule a training or workshop today: bush43education@nara.gov

Can training be modified to meet the specific needs of our campus/district?

Yes! Our Education Program works to incorporate topics into your training programs. This includes vertical alignment, scaffolding, using documents in writing prompts, etc. If interested in incorporating a topic into a program, Contact our Education Program: bush43education@nara.gov

We only have 1 hour for training. Can you still assist us?

Yes. We will work with you to determine how best to shorten the presentation in order to receive the same quality instruction. Contact our Education Program to discuss options: bush43education@nara.gov  

Why is there not a preferred subject or grade level for each training program?

Most training programs can be modified to address the needs of all teachers. This includes the primary, secondary, and university levels. Additionally, content can be modified to include curricular instruction beyond the classroom.

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