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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:

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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Faculty and Staff SS2014

Kahill Chism

Kahlil G. Chism

Kahlil Chism received his BA in History and M.Ed. in Secondary Education and Social Studies, both from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. He has taught American Studies, U. S. History, U. S. Government, English, and Writing, at both the secondary and post-secondary levels.

Currently serving as an Education Specialist at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum, Kahlil specializes in professional development training for social studies teachers, seminar facilitation, curriculum writing, document analysis, and historical writing and research.

He has served as a judge for National History Day, Washington, DC, and NHD, GA, and at various times as both a grant-reader and programming planner for Teaching American History Grant collaboratives around the country. Kahlil has also written articles and lesson plans for publications such as Social Education, Magazine of History, Cobblestone, The National History Day Curriculum Book, and The Mini-Page, as well as a documentary history of the Brown v. Board school desegregation case in The Unfinished Agenda of Brown v. Board of Education, a book published by Wiley & Sons, for Black Issues in Higher Education magazine.

Hari Jones

Hari Jones

Hari Jones is the curator of the African American Civil War Freedom Museum in Washington, DC. He is one of the foremost authorities on the role of African Americans in the Civil War. Hari's refreshingly new perspective on this subject reveals just how extensive and well-organized Americans of African descent were in their efforts to end slavery and gain their rights as citizens in league with the Constitution.

Before Hari fully immersed himself in this subject matter, he served in the United States Marine Corps for over twenty years. He retired as a captain in 1997. Since then he has been conducting extensive research on African American military service throughout American history. Hari is convinced that one of the best ways to dispel the myths that marginalize the military contributions of African Americans is through museum exhibits.

As the curator, content developer, and script writer for the African American Civil War Museum's exhibit entitled "The Glorious March to Liberty," he dispels such myths by employing the voices of the history makers to tell the story. "In our exhibit," he explains, "we quote no scholars. If you were not there in the making of the history, you do not get a quote in our exhibit." [read more]

Anthony Knight

Anthony Knight

Anthony Knight is a museum educator and consultant. He works with museums and cultural and educational institutions to create exhibits and intellectually stimulating youth, adult and family programming. Mr. Knight has extensive experience and interest in African American history and culture, public and living history, museum theater, informal education and Black youth.

He is particularly interested in the issues and practices related to collecting, preserving and interpreting material culture from the African Diaspora. Mr. Knight's undergraduate work was in Spanish and English (Ohio Wesleyan University), and his graduate work was in museum education (The George Washington University).

Anthony also holds a degree in Spanish-to-English translation (Nú de Estudios Lingüísticos y Sociales, Caracas, Venezuela). Mr. Knight is a New York City native.

James W. Loewen

James W. Loewen

Jim Loewen taught race relations for twenty years at the University of Vermont. Previously he taught at predominantly black Tougaloo College in Mississippi. He now lives in Washington, D.C., continuing his research on how Americans remember their past. Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong came out in 1999. The Gustavus Myers Foundation named his book, Sundown Towns, a "Distinguished Book of 2005." In 2010, Teachers College Press brought out Teaching What Really Happened, intended to give K-12 teachers (and prospective teachers) solutions to the problems pointed out in Loewen's earlier works.

As the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War approached, Loewen asked thousands of K-12 teachers in workshops and audiences about its cause(s). Depressed at their replies, he recruited a co-editor and published The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader (University Press of Mississippi, 2010), which sets the record straight in Confederates' own words. [read more]

David Stanhope

David Stanhope

David Stanhope, current Acting Director, Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, was born in Wisconsin and grew up in a suburb of Chicago. He received his BS degree from the University of North Alabama, where he studied History and Political Science. He also attended Auburn University, where he received his MA in History and Archival Administration, and he also has a Master's degree in Non-profit and Government Management from Georgia State University.

David started work at the Jimmy Carter Materials Project as a graduate intern in 1985. By May, 2007, he had been hired and promoted to Supervisory Archivist and is currently serving as Acting Director. His hobbies include golf, brewing and biking.

Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado

Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado

Dr. Sims-Alvarado received a Ph.D. in History from Georgia State University and is currently pursuing a second M.A. degree in Museum Studies at Harvard University. During her matriculation, she received numerous awards: Ford Fellowship with Indiana University, Hermitage Museum Archeological Fellowship, Georgia State University Graduate Fellowship, and Southern Regional Educational Board Dissertation Fellowship. She is also a multi-recipient of the prestigious National Endowment for Humanities Summer Institute Fellowship with the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University and the Georgia Historical Society.

Dr. Sims-Alvarado has worked in some of the leading Atlanta historical institutions: National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta History Center, and The Herndon Home museum.

She has also taught at Agnes Scott College, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Georgia Perimeter College, and Georgia State University. [read more ]

Seneca Vaught

Seneca Vaught

Seneca Vaught is an assistant professor of History and Interdisciplinary Studies at Kennesaw State University.

He combines his expertise in the history of race, policy, and technology to address contemporary problems. He has won a teaching excellence award for his innovative and project-oriented approach to the classroom and the William Wells Brown Award for his ongoing support of African American history and community development.

His groundbreaking dissertation on the impact of jails and prisons on civil rights era leaders, tactics, and outcomes has framed historical debates in a policy agenda for a new generation of leaders using historical knowledge to address contemporary problems. He is a senior fellow of information and technology at the Africana Cultures and Policy Studies Institute and has published several influential articles on grassroots policy and international collaboration by African Americans.

Joel Walker

Joel Walker

Joel Walker serves as the Education Specialist for the National Archives at Atlanta. Before coming to Atlanta, he worked for the South Carolina Archives and History Center, the Kansas State Historical Society, the National Park Service, and taught middle school for ten years.

Walker was state coordinator of National History Day in Kansas (1997-2000) and South Carolina (2000-2009), was a member of the Board of Trustees of National History Day, Inc. (2005-2007), and member of the Executive Committee of State Coordinators of National History Day (2001-2009).

He is the author of Cottonwood Grove, a children's book about the Kansas state tree and co-author of The South Carolina Adventure, a third-grade social studies textbook.

James A. Yancey, Jr.

James A. Yancey, Jr.

James Yancey was born and raised in Danville, Virginia. He received a BA Degree in American History from Morehouse College and a MLS from Clark Atlanta University.

In 1977, Mr. Yancey began working for the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington DC. In September 1981, he returned to Atlanta to work for the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum. After working as archives technician and an archivist at the Library for over thirty one years, he retired in January, 2013.

Mr. Yancey has been a judge for Georgia History Day, served on the executive board of the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP; served as Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Youth Detention Center of Fulton County; a board member of Kennesaw State University's Center for the Study of the Civil War Era, and as a Commissioner on the Georgia Civil War Commission. This year he was appointed member of the Atlanta Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee. He also belongs to Georgia Battlefields, Sons of Union Veterans and the Atlanta History Center.

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Course Syllabus for SS 2014

Summer Seminar 2014

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Reading List for SS2014


For Light and Liberty Volume I

For Light and Liberty Volume I, The Road to Emancipation: How The War To Preserve The Union Became A War To End Slavery

Hari Jones

[Provided to all attendees upon arrival]

The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader

The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader: The "Great Truth" about the "Lost Cause"

Edited by James W. Loewen and Edward H. Sebesta

[Provided to all attendees upon arrival]

Teaching What Really Happened

Teaching What Really Happened: How to Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks & Get Students Excited About Doing History

James W. Loewen

[Provided to all attendees upon arrival]

Putting The Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching

Putting The Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching: A Resource Guide For K-12 Classrooms

Edited by Deborah Menkart, Alana D. Murray, and Jenice L. View

[Provided to all attendees upon arrival]


Connecting with the Past

Potter, Lee Ann. "Connecting with the Past: Uncovering Clues in Primary Source Documents." Social Education 67(7), pp. 372-377, 2003, National Council for the Social Studies.

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Big and Famous is Not Always Best

Rulli, Daniel F. "Big and Famous is Not Always Best: Guidelines for Selecting Teachable Documents." Social Education 67(7), pp. 378-380, 2003, National Council for the Social Studies.

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"Historians Need to Take the Long View when it Comes to Civil Rights"

GMU's History News Network: http://hnn.us/article/141945


Queens College's 'Writing on History' Website:

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Coates_Why Do So Few Blacks Study the Civil War

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. "Why Do So Few Blacks Study the Civil War?"" The Atlantic (online), November 30, 2011: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/02/why-do-so-few-blacks-study-the-civil-war/308831/

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The Civil War: Atlanta and Copenhill

Yancey, Jr., James A. "The Civil War: Atlanta and Copenhill"

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Patriotism Over Democracy: A Critical Analysis Of U.S. History Textbooks

Loewen, James W. "Patriotism Over Democracy: A Critical Analysis Of U.S. History Textbooks." In Putting The Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching: A Resource Guide For K-12 Classrooms, Ed. by Deborah Menkart, Alana D. Murray, and Jenice L. View. Pp 79-90."

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The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands

Chism, Kahlil G. "The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands." Social Education 70(1), pp. 19-26, National Council for the Social Studies.

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Introduction and Critique of the Traditional Narrative

View, Jenice L., and Charles Payne. "Introduction," and "Critique of the Traditional Narrative," from Putting The Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching: A Resource Guide For K-12 Classrooms, pp. 3-11, Ed. by Deborah Menkart, Alana D. Murray, and Jenice L. View."

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The Politics of Children's Literature: What's Wrong With The Rosa Parks Myth

Kohl, Herbert. "The Politics of Children's Literature: What's Wrong With The Rosa Parks Myth," Putting The Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching: A Resource Guide For K-12 Classrooms, pp. 25-31, Ed. by Deborah Menkart, Alana D. Murray, and Jenice L. View."

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An Evening for Educators

An Evening for Educators 2014:

KONGO across the WATERS

KONGO across the WATERS


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