Spring 2021 Education Series
JFK Library Teaching and Learning Tuesdays
From the Library's Department of Education and Public Programs Team
May 11, 2021

A Commitment to Service and the Exploration of New Frontiers

Featuring teaching resources on international service through the Peace Corps, commemorating the 60th anniversary of JFK's challenge to the nation to
send a man to the Moon, and spotlighting contemporary ties to these topics as well as to his publication A Nation of Immigrants and immigration reform today
Ready-to-Go Resources
The Peace Corps: Traveling the World to Live, Work, and Learn
Grades 4-6
Students enhance their mapping skills as they learn about the Peace Corps. Using primary source material to gather evidence about the organization’s first projects, they then read stories from current volunteers to consider the impact of the program.
Resource Guide
Peace Corps Resources from the Kennedy Library Website
Grades 7-12
Sixty years ago, President Kennedy signed Executive Order 10924 establishing the Peace Corps. Teachers working with students on civic engagement projects may be particularly interested in primary and secondary sources related to the formation and first years of the Peace Corps including audio, video and textual materials.
Exploring the Past: JFK on Immigration, the Peace Corps and Americans in Space
A Nation of Immigrants
In 1958, Senator John F. Kennedy's essay A Nation of Immigrants was published. In preparation for immigration reform efforts in Congress, it was updated and published posthumously in 1963. We encourage students and educators alike to check their local libraries for a digital or physical copy of this publication to learn more about his passionate views on the topic of immigration, or use the link below to access the Museum Store.
Photo Credit: NARA
Founding of the Peace Corps
Explore the creation of the Peace Corps by reviewing the signed Executive Order that established this program, as well as listening to President Kennedy's remarks about this moment in history.
Special Address to Congress on Urgent National Needs
In this historic speech from May 25, 1961, President Kennedy challenges the nation to "commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth." Students can learn more about this momentous occasion by watching the speech or exploring the text in this primary document.
Forum Spotlight
US Immigration: Past Policy and New Directions
March 31, 2021 
Theresa Cardinal Brown, Bipartisan Policy Center director of immigration and cross-border policy; Roberto Gonzales, Harvard professor of education and director of the Immigration Initiative at Harvard; Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, UMass Boston Chancellor; Daniel Tichenor, University of Oregon chair of social science and Program for Democratic Governance director; and Jia Lynn Yang, The New York Times national editor and author of One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle Over American Immigration, 1924-1965, explored the history of and contemporary issues in US immigration policy with Julia Preston, contributing writer to The Marshall Project. The discussion included the contextualization of President Kennedy's book A Nation of Immigrants.
Honoring Michael Collins
NASA: From the Moon to Mars and Beyond
June 19, 2019
In this Kennedy Library Forum, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, Apollo 11 Lunar Command Module pilot Michael Collins, former NASA administrator Charles Bolden, former director of the Johnson Space Center Ellen Ochoa, and former NASA deputy administrator Dava Newman discussed NASA’s past, present, and future with former director of the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum Ellen Stofan.
Apollo 11 at 50: Michael Collins
In special JFK35 podcast series on the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11, astronaut Michael Collins talked about his history-making trip to the Moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, along with his thoughts on the future of NASA's space program. The program was part of a larger Space Summit celebrating Apollo 11 and featuring scientists, engineers, and other contributors to the exploration of space.
Image credit: NASA
NASA Remembers:
Michael Collins
Explore the extraordinary life of former NASA astronaut Michael Collins, who flew on the Gemini 10 and Apollo 11 missions, through photos, videos, a biography, and statements from the acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk and the Collins family about his passing.
Activity of the Month
Design Scrimshaw!
President Kennedy had a personal collection of scrimshaw—whale teeth, whale bone, and marine animal tusks carved with intricate designs and pictures. He even kept some pieces of scrimshaw on his desk in the Oval Office of the White House. Have your students explore President Kennedy’s appreciation of scrimshaw and design their own unique work of art with materials they might have at home.
More to Explore
Indigenous Voices: Authentic Children's Literature in the Classroom & Library
May 25-26, 2021
Join Dr. Debbie Reese — recent keynote speaker at the Kennedy Library's Dignity Justice and All: Stories of Protest, Resistance, and Change conference — for Indigenous Voices: Authentic Children's Literature in the Classroom & Library. All sessions are open to the public and free of charge.
In Case You Missed It...
JFK Library's Teaching and Learning Tuesdays 4/9
The previous e-newsletter featured Writing a Letter to the President curricular resource; Martin Luther King Jr. on Just and Unjust Laws activity; Whose Law?: State Sovereignty and the Integration of the University of Alabama lesson plan; the American Studies Summer Institute; announcements about virtual school programming, the John F. Kennedy Make a Difference Award, and the Inaugural Massachusetts Civic Learning Week; the Arabiqa Celebrate! program; On Kennedy and King and “America United”: Finding Common Ground Kennedy Library Forums; the "Make a Protest Poster" activity; and resources from the National Archives and Records Administration and the Library of Congress.

In addition, all past emails from this series are available on the Library's website.
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