Summer 2020 Education Series
JFK Library Teaching and Learning Tuesdays
From the Library's Department of Education and Public Programs Team
September 8, 2020
Back to School


Featuring end-of-summer activities and recipes, and back-to-school resources and professional development opportunities
New Offering
Virtual Education Programming
New! This Fall, the Department of Education and Public Programs will be offering a variety of virtual programs for grades 3-12. Visit our website for more information about these educator-led sessions and registration.
2020 Civics Literacy Conference for Massachusetts
Massachusetts Educators: Join us for these workshops taking place on September 23rd and 24th as part of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's 2020 Civics Literacy Conference.
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Walking through the Door: Integrating the University of Alabama
In this hands-on workshop, participants will engage with primary sources and discuss state vs. federal rights, and the personal commitment of Vivian Malone, one of the two students who integrated the University.
Make Your Voice Heard: Taking a Stand through Music, Writing, and Literature
Participants will investigate primary source material and children's literature about the essential role of music in the civil rights movement. They will also learn how to structure a research and writing project that challenges students to take a stand on issues in their communities.
2021 Professional Development
Dignity and Justice for All: Stories of Protest, Resistance, and Change
Join keynote speaker Dr. Debbie Reese and award-winning authors Jabari Asim, Ann Bausum, and Doreen Rappaport to discover both literature and strategies for helping young people create change in the world.
American Studies Summer Institute | Changemakers: Youth Activism from the Progressive Era to Today
Our 2021 American Studies Summer Institute will examine youth participation in US social movements from the late 19th century to the present and will focus on labor, anti-war, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, environmentalism, and gun control campaigns.
Physical Fitness Break
The Kennedy Administration and Physical Fitness
President Kennedy challenged Americans to become more active and championed physical fitness as being important to the future health and competitive readiness of the nation. Explore the 50-Mile Hike and the ways his administration re-invigorated what became the President's Council on Youth Fitness.
Exercise with "Chicken Fat"
Need a short break from sitting in front of a computer? Perhaps add “Chicken Fat” to your playlist? Produced for the President's Council on Youth Fitness, it was played to students nationwide in their gym classes. "Go, you chicken fat, go!"
Forum Spotlight
Something Wonderful: Roger and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution
Todd S. Purdum, staff writer at The Atlantic, discussed his book, Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution, with Don Aucoin, chief theater critic for The Boston Globe. Pianist and conductor Joseph Turbessi helped demonstrate some of Rodgers and Hammerstein's innovations in music during the afternoon's conversation.
Activity of the Week
De-stress with Origami
Take a break from screen time and focus your mind with the art of paper folding. Here are two options. For the novice, try making an origami sailboat. Those who want a greater challenge can make an origami Lunar Excursion Module (LEM).
Additional Resources
Papers of H. Bentley Hahn:
The Man Who Invented the
5-Digit ZIP Code
Did you know that the five-digit zip-code was implemented while President Kennedy was in office? Read about the man who invented it and the research project undertaken by one of the Library's graduate interns.
A Snack Break?
After-Hours Waffles
The Kennedy Library Archives preserve a wide variety of documents, including one of President Kennedy's favorite recipes. Take a break and whip up a tasty treat. If you don't have a waffle maker, use the recipe to make pancakes, instead.
In Case You Missed It...
JFK Library's Teaching and Learning Tuesdays 7/28
The previous e-news featured the virtual experiences "JFK Library Pavilion 360" and the "JFK 100" exhibit; the primary sources "President Kennedy Tours Cape Canaveral Video," the "Television and Radio Remarks Following the Flight of Astronaut Gordon Cooper" audio recording, and the "Congratulating Major Cooper on Orbital Flight" audio recording; the Origami LEM "Activity of the Week"; NASA's "Spot the Space Station"; the "Space Resources at the JFK Library"; the Library's "Spot the Space Spinoff" activity; and Apollo 11 at 50: International Astronauts podcast.

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