Winter 2021 Education Series
JFK Library Teaching and Learning Tuesdays
From the Library's Department of Education and Public Programs Team
February 9, 2021

Presidents' Day


Featuring resources on presidential roles and leadership, and programs commemorating Presidents' Day and more!
Ready-to-Go Resources
Lesson Plan
A President’s Day
Grades 5-8
If you are elected to the nation's highest office, what are you actually expected to do? Spend a day at the White House with John F. Kennedy to learn about some of the president's most important roles and responsibilities.
Lesson Plan
The Cuban Missile Crisis: How to Respond?
Grades 9-12
President Kennedy is known for the way he managed the conflicting counsel provided by his chosen advisors during the Cuban Missile Crisis. In this lesson, students examine primary source documents and recordings to consider some of the options discussed by Kennedy's advisors during the crisis and the rationale for why the president might have selected the path he chose. 
Forum Spotlight
Leadership in Turbulent Times
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin discussed her book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, exploring the leadership of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson, with Robin Young, co-host of WBUR's Here and Now.
Presidents' Day Week at the JFK Library!
Join the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum for a variety of virtual programs throughout the week of Presidents' Day.
Presidents' Day Family Festival 2021
Monday, February 15, 2021  
Starting at 11:00 a.m. EST
Join us for special virtual programming in honor of Presidents' Day. Actors portraying Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt, and First Lady Abigail Adams will share stories and engage viewers in live and pre-recorded virtual programs. Families can partake in creative at-home activities and more!
Celebrate!
Benkadi Drum and Dance
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
11:30 a.m. EST
With vivid costumes, the multicultural Benkadi Drum and Dance group performs new dances showcasing traditional West African rhythm and movements. Sing along as a folktale comes to life before your very eyes!

The video for this program will be available for a limited time after the initial broadcast date.
Letter Writing:
From Personal Connection to Sharing Values
Friday, February 19, 2021 
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST
Abigail Adams and John Adams mailed over 1,100 letters during the many times they were apart. This correspondence provides a glimpse into their lives and values as they experienced many important historical events and reminds us of one way they remained connected while many miles kept them apart. View a recorded reading of selected letters between Abigail Adams and John Adams (portrayed by actors).

Inspire students with these examples from history to write their own letters! A brief demonstration will provide tips and guidance on how to write and mail a letter to President Biden, and to make youthful voices and concerns a part of the historical record.
Professional Development
Dignity and Justice for All: Stories of Protest,
Resistance and Change
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Don’t miss keynote speaker Dr. Debbie Reese who recently adapted An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for young people. Registration ends February 26th; receive a discount if you register by February 12th.
More to Explore
When I ran for Presidency of the United States, I knew that this country faced serious challenges, but I could not realize - nor could any man realize who does not bear the burdens of this office - how heavy and constant would be those burdens.
John F. Kennedy
"Radio and Television Report to the American People on the Berlin Crisis (302)"
July 25, 1961
Presidential Libraries
Take a moment to explore the curricular materials and virtual resources from the Presidential Libraries!  Visit the "Teaching Resources and Classroom Materials" section of the National Archives' Civic Education webpage for links to each library.
For Massachusetts Educators
A Message from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Apply to become a Civics Curriculum Teacher Advisor! In order to expand access to quality civics curricular materials for the new Grade 8 civics course, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Rennie Center are convening a panel of Civics Curriculum Teacher Advisors. Teacher advisors will meet to review evidence of curricular materials’ alignment to Massachusetts content and practice standards, cultural responsiveness, and usability. This is a great opportunity to make a positive impact across the Commonwealth while connecting with peers from other districts and deepening knowledge about quality curriculum. Panel meetings will take place from March - June 2021. Teacher advisors receive a $1000 stipend for the successful completion of the Advisory Panel. Apply by February 24th!
In Case You Missed It...
JFK Library's Teaching and Learning Tuesdays 1/12
The previous enewsletter featured the "Ask not what your country can do for you," "The President's Pledge," "Interpreting JFK’s Inaugural Address," and "Analyzing the Rhetoric of JFK’s Inaugural Address" lesson plans; the video and transcript for President Kennedy's Inaugural Address; the "The New Administration: Opportunities and Challenges" Forum; the "Len Cabral - Stories of Hope in Action" and "Benkadi Drum and Dance" Celebrate! programs; the Presidents' Day Family Festival; the "Dignity and Justice for All: Stories of Protest, Resistance and Change" conference announcement; the Profile in Courage Essay Contest notice; virtual school programming information; and the "On Kennedy, Frost and the Role of the Artist in a Democratic Society: A Screening of JFK’s Last Speech" program.

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