Building an engaged citizenry starts with civic education


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The National Archives and the National Archives Foundation have formed strategic partnerships that enable students to interact with the National Archives and encourage student engagement in government.

For decades in America, civic literacy, individual rights, and historical understanding have been waning. The National Archives is uniquely positioned to change this trajectory by supporting educators across the nation to help inspire students and supply them the tools and skills to be active participants in our civic life.

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Join the National Archives for a summer virtual workshop series. Each two-hour program will explore how to use primary sources to delve into the big ideas of the founding documents. During each interactive session, participants will engage with primary sources and partake in collaborative group work and discussion to discover how to use National Archives resources and programs to teach civic knowledge and skills.

Registration is free and each program will be held via Zoom. You will receive the connection information via email the week of the event. Certificates of participation will be available by request. Please email with any questions.

A permanent exhibition that explores how generations of Americans sought to fulfill the promise of the founding documents.



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