Reaching Over 3,000 Students in 2020: The Presidential Primary Sources Project
In 2020 alone, the Presidential Primary Sources Project has already reached over 3,000 students. Connecting over 162 classrooms in over 41 states to National Park Service rangers and presidential historians across the country, the Presidential Primary Sources Project offers high-quality distance learning opportunities.
The project is a partnership between the Internet2 Community Anchor Program (CAP) and the National Park Service. Focused on analyzing primary sources, the series of 14 program sessions allows students to interact directly with experts at historic sites and presidential libraries through live videoconferencing. The program’s attendance has tripled over last year's.
Therese Perlowski, CAP’s program manager, attributes much of the success to the program’s partners and the impressive quality of their presentations. “Each program session offers an engaging experience that allows students to connect with both their peers and with experts in their field,” she says.
Teachers share that the Presidential Primary Sources Project is a “wonderful program” and an “amazing opportunity” for students to engage in “higher level thinking and interactions.” Particularly in light of the upcoming election, sessions also provide valuable historical context and critical thinking tools in understanding the office of the presidency, modern campaigns, and the lasting legacies of our nation’s leaders.
Free registration is still available for the last five 2020 program sessions:
Theodore Roosevelt's Rise to the Presidency
Presented by: Alyssa Parker-Geisman, Park Ranger
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
March 12, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST
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