Professional Development

Document Analysis Workshops

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum Education team conducts workshops for a wide range of K-12 and college educators. These sessions provide educators not only with an overview of the tools and resources of the Carter Library and National Archives, but a variety of topics and approaches to engage their students in American civics and primary source analysis.

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, all professional development offerings will only be delivered remotely. To ensure a safe and productive online experience, requestor must be willing to host event, serve as moderator, and provide access to Carter Library presenters as co-hosts on a distance learning platform approved by their institution (e.g. Zoom).

To schedule a workshop or to obtain further details, contact: Joshua Montanari, Education Specialist | email: joshua.montanari@nara.gov

Introduction to Research and Education at the Carter Presidential Library & Museum

Target Audience: Teachers Grades K-12, College Students

This workshop is designed as an introduction for teachers who are unfamiliar with the programs and resources of the Carter Presidential Library and National Archives. Participants are provided an overview of the Library’s onsite and distance learning programming options for their students, with an emphasis on online research tools and resources available.

Teaching History and Civic Engagement with Primary Sources

Target Audience: Teachers Grades 2-12

This workshop will provide participants with a framework for teaching history and civic engagement with the holdings of the Carter Library and National Archives, with an emphasis on addressing the following five essential questions:

1) What does an individual gain from being civically aware and engaged?

2) What tools are available for individuals, and groups, to share in and shape our democracy?

3) How have these tools been used by others in the past?

4) How can an ordinary individual use the tools in their lives and communities?

5) How is America made stronger, better and more democratic by citizen participation?

Crossroads of Curriculum: The Camp David Peace Accords

Target Audience: Teachers Grades 9-12

This workshop contextualizes the diplomatic, economic, cultural and military interactions between empires, nations and peoples in the 20th century that shaped America’s increasingly important role in the world and set the stage for The Camp David Peace Accords. In particular, this topic will be examined through the lens of The Cold War and American Civics. This workshop will include a session in effectively utilizing online primary sources made available on the Carter Library and National Archives websites for classroom or distance learning instruction.

Presidential Powers and Precedents: Jimmy Carter, ANILCA and the Antiquities Act

Target Audience: High School Social Studies and AP U.S. History Teachers.

Controversial since its inception, the Antiquities Act of 1906 gives the President the power to circumvent Congress when they feel decisive action is needed to protect historical, cultural and scientific resources. Between 1978 and 1980, President Carter used it as leverage to bring Congress to the table and pass ANILCA, protecting over 150 million acres of public land and expediting implementation of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. In response, Alaskans would burn him in effigy next to the Ayatollah. Was he justified or did he exceed his Constitutional authority? Were there checks or balances to his actions by the other branches of government or state governments? Has the Antiquities Act strengthened or weakened our democracy? These and other questions will be discussed during this workshop that will examine primary sources from the holdings of the Carter Library and National Archives Catalog.

  • February, 2021


  • Planning for the Future: President Carter and the Energy Crisis, Session One

    Education - Teacher Resources Education - Professional DevelopmentOnline Event February 2, 2021 at 11:00 am
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    On February 2, 1977, less than two weeks after assuming the Presidency, Jimmy Carter addressed the nation in a televised “fireside chat” to speak to Americans about the looming Energy Crisis. What tools and resources does the Constitution provide the Executive branch to take on such a crisis? What role do the other branches of government play? How did ordinary Americans respond to help reshape our democracy and life as we know it? This program will examine the 39th President’s response to this crisis through the lens of primary sources of the Carter Library and National Archives.

    The target audience for this program is students and teachers grades 6-12. To sign up for either the 11:00 AM or 2:00 PM session, complete the online 2021 Presidential Primary Sources Project Teacher Registration Form.

  • Planning for the Future: President Carter and the Energy Crisis, Session Two

    Education - Teacher Resources Education - Professional DevelopmentOnline Event February 2, 2021 at 2:00 pm
    Carter_Fireside

    On February 2, 1977, less than two weeks after assuming the Presidency, Jimmy Carter addressed the nation in a televised “fireside chat” to speak to Americans about the looming Energy Crisis. What tools and resources does the Constitution provide the Executive branch to take on such a crisis? What role do the other branches of government play? How did ordinary Americans respond to help reshape our democracy and life as we know it? This program will examine the 39th President’s response to this crisis through the lens of primary sources of the Carter Library and National Archives.

    The target audience for this program is students and teachers grades 6-12. To sign up for either the 11:00 AM or 2:00 PM session, complete the online 2021 Presidential Primary Sources Project Teacher Registration Form.

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