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Document Analysis | Summer Seminars | An Evening for Educators

The Jimmy Carter Library and Museum (JCLAM) education team conducts workshops for a wide range of K-16 educators. We usually conduct these sessions on site at the Carter Library, but we will also come to your school to deliver training.

Utilizing primary source materials from our holdings our workshops combine scholarly research with hands-on activities, document analysis, discussions of best practices, and are designed to help teachers meet the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) as well as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Document Analysis Workshops

Professional Development Workshop

Meeting the GPS & CCGPS w Documents from the Carter Library

Workshop participants will learn how to use primary sources from the Library to create GPS and CCSS-correlated lesson plans and activities for a range of learners. This workshop is hands-on, interactive, and involves the use of facsimiles of primary source material on people and events throughout U. S. History. All physical resources used in this workshop are from the holdings of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum.

Participants will leave the workshop with classroom ready materials and ideas, and information on resources for further study and professional development.

Virtual Research: Using the JCLAM website, the Presidential Timeline, the Digital Vaults, & the Archival Research Catalog of the National Archives

Participants will learn multiple ways to locate and download digitized images of primary source materials from the above-listed websites, all of which are entities of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), our nation's repository for the permanently valuable records of the federal government.

To schedule a workshop contact Kahlil Chism, Education Specialist:

E: Kahlil.Chism@nara.gov> | W: 404-865-7126 | F: 404-865-7102

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The JCLAM Summer Seminar

While the specific topic focus changes annually, the general purpose of our Summer Seminar is to assist you in developing and refining your ability to teach civic and historic literacy using primary sources and objects. The goal is for you to leave our Seminar with new content knowledge, GPS- and CCSS-correlated lesson plan ideas, and a wealth of primary and secondary sources for classroom use. Please see below for details of some of our previous summer seminars.

All of our 5-day Summer Seminars usually include:

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Summer Seminar 2014: The Geography of Liberty: From the Civil War to Civil Rights

Jimmy Carter Emblem Atlanta Cyclorama

2014 marks the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. In commemoration of this momentous period, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum and the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum would like to present you with an opportunity to learn current research and best practices for using primary sources to teach the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, in new and more meaningful ways.

This seminar will cover CCGPS content spanning from the administration of President James Buchanan to that of President Jimmy Carter; from the 1857 Supreme Court case of Dred Scott v. Sanford, to the Regents of the University of California v. Allen Bakke, in 1980; From the Civil War to the modern period of the Civil Rights Movement. [more…]

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Summer Seminar 2013

The Camp David Accords 35 Years Later: Looking Back to Discover Future Prospects for Mideast Peace

This past July, twenty social studies teachers from the states of Illinois, Mississippi, North Carolina, and fifteen cities in Georgia participated in professional development training as attendees of The Camp David Accords 35 Years Later. For details about their experience read the following article: "Teachers Grapple with Timely Topic"


Summer Seminar 2011

The President's Travels: The Jimmy Carter Library and Georgia Geographic Alliance Summer Geography Seminar

This seminar focused on developing geographic literacy using primary sources and objects. You will be hearing from content experts at the Carter Center and the Carter Library & Museum, from geography professors at Kennesaw State University, and historians at the Atlanta History Center.

An Evening for Educators


Lots of institutions have a 'back to school night' for teachers but we're the only place in Georgia where you can attend, free of charge, "An Evening for Educators." What is the difference, you ask?

In addition to learning about the curriculum and training resources we have to offer, you'll be treated to a night of fine dining and mingling with other educators and luminaries, as well as an after-hours tour of our award-winning museum, in the only presidential library in the Southeastern United States!

Usually, An Evening for Educators is casually informed by our current temporary traveling exhibit. And 2013 is no exception. This year's Evening will coincide with the then-recent arrival of our exhibit, "Diplomatic Patterns: A Sampling of White House China." And – this year's special guests will be former President and First Lady, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter!

Come out and learn about the importance of White House dinners to American diplomacy. Just keep in mind: while our parking is free and plentiful, space is limited. First come, first served, so R.S.V.P. soon!

To reserve a space for yourself plus 1 at this year's Evening for Educators, with special guests Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter,
please email Janet Harris: Janet.Harris@nara.gov

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An Evening for Educators 2013:

Diplomatic Patterns: A Sampling of White House China, with Special Guests,
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter



An Evening for Educators 2012:

Industrial Scars: Photographs by J Henry Fair, with Special Guest, Dr. Jay Hake


An Evening for Educators 2011:

Read My Pins, with Special Guest, Madeleine Albright


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