Educators Open House at National Archives

The National Archives invites D.C. metro area educators of all levels to its 2019 Educators Open House on Thursday, Sept. 12. The open house will feature a special public program held in conjunction with the exhibition “Rightfully Hers,” celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment. National Archives educators will be on hand to answer questions and share classroom resources. Go here to register and find the schedule.

New School Year, Great Resources

Welcome back to the classroom! The 2019-20 school year promises to be a busy and exciting one with a presidential race, the centennial of the 19th Amendment, the Census, and more. We’ve pulled together collections of the best of the resources available on the Civics Renewal Network website to make it easy for teachers to find useful classroom materials for all grade levels.

New Webinars From the National Archives

Get your school year off to a great start with new professional development webinars from the National Archives. On YouTube, find two recorded webinars: Petitions, Protest and Persuasion: Women’s Voices in the Records of the National Archives and Teaching with the Records of Congress. Live webinars feature the holdings of the National Archives along with resources for bringing these primary sources into your classroom. All webinars are free, but advance registration is required. Webinars include An Introduction to DocsTeach; Teaching the Constitution; Teaching the Bill of Rights; and a Native American Professional Development Series. Go here for more details and to sign up.

Nominate An Outstanding K-12 Teacher

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has announced the National History Teacher of the Year Award winners in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Department of Defense schools, and U.S. territories.

Try Out New E-Book on the American Revolution

The Core Knowledge Foundation announces a new digital product in production: Core Knowledge American History and Geography Interactive Student e-Books for Grades 3-5. Each book will offer a range of functionality, including: the entire text read aloud in English or Spanish; engaging activities for students to complete as they read; and prompts that check students’ understanding as they read. Click here to try out the new e-Book on the American Revolution. Download interactive e-book instructions here.

Gilder Lehrman Institute Celebrates 25 Years

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is celebrating its 25th anniversary. In honor of its anniversary, the Institute is sharing an interactive timeline with highlights that include a video of founders Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman; a performance by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Chris Jackson; and a teacher seminar led by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Are you a teacher, student, administrator, scholar, or history buff who has benefited from or been involved in the Gilder Lehrman Institute? Be it through gaining new knowledge or finding new opportunities for professional development or personal growth, how has GLI been a part of your life? We would love to hear your story! We are gathering as many GLI tales as we can and then sharing them on Simply record and post up to a 30-second video on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #MyGLI25 and we’ll do the rest.

Resources on Miranda, Flag Day, and the Constitution

This month, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Miranda v. Arizona on June 13, 1966, establishing the well-known Miranda rights for the accused. Learn about Flag Day, which is celebrated on June 14. And on June 21, the Constitution was ratified. Watch a video about the women who participated in the ratification debate.

Resources for Teaching the 19th Amendment

Here is a curated collection of the classroom resources on women’s suffrage that can be found at More resources will be added as we celebrate the 19th Amendment leading up to the anniversary of its ratification on August 18, 2020.