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Presidential Primary Sources Project

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Presidential Primary Sources Project

The Presidential Primary Sources Project (PPSP) is a collaborative program sponsored by historic sites and museums, the National Parks Service, U.S. Presidential Libraries and Museums, and the Internet2 community. The goal of the annual project is to engage classrooms throughout the national and international education community with an overarching theme, utilizing primary source documents for student research and presentation.

PPSP 2017 Program Series Title:  “Culture, Society, and Presidential Decision-Making”
Program Series Description:  The office of the President of the United States comes with immense responsibility and the power to shape the course of history.  Looking back on past administrations, it may not always be immediately clear why a President acted in a certain way or what outside forces influenced their decision-making.  In order to fully understand these factors, it is important to examine the cultural and societal trends of each era.  Through the use of primary source documents and live interactive video discussions with National Park Service rangers and presidential historians from the National Archives and other presidential historic sites, our 2017 Presidential Primary Sources Program series will take students on a journey through our nation’s history and allow them to view a President’s key decisions through the life and times of their era.

Learning standards

Because of the broad nature of the presidential theme, teachers will find that a number of the historical presentations coincide with their yearly curriculum. Additionally, research and synthesis requirements expected by national and state standards can also be integrated at various points in a teacher’s syllabus. Each video conference will be associated with its coinciding National Standards to assist teachers in these efforts. Please see the program flyer for more details.

Start Date:
Dec. 2, 2013
U.S. UCAN K20 Initiative
James Werle Group Leader