Distance Learning

Education

Interactive, inquiry-based distance learning programs allow you and your students to experience history through careful examination of the photographs, films and artifacts in the Museum's collection.

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What is Distance Learning?

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza offers live, two-way audio and video presentations that bring the Museum to your classroom.  A selection of engaging programs provide opportunities for students to meet the Museum's curatorial, collections and education staff, prompting thoughtful discussions on U.S. history, world history, the Civil Rights Movement, oral history and the role of the historian.  All distance learning programs are TEKS and TAKS aligned, and meet national history standards.

New for 2014-15! International Videoconference Series

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is proud to partner with The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth on an international videoconference series. Special guests with expertise in journalism, art, filmmaking, law enforcement and medicine will share their knowledge and experience with students in Dallas and around the world.

September 2014
Karen Blessen is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, illustrator and founder of
29 Pieces, an art organization that mounted the largest public art project in Dallas’ history as a tribute to President John F. Kennedy. She illustrated the children’s book, Peace One Day, about the creation of World Peace Day.
 
October 2014
Buck Revell is a former FBI agent who, as Special Agent in Charge of the bureau’s Dallas Division, supervised the release of the Dallas FBI office’s Kennedy assassination files in the early 1990s.
 
November 2014
Dr. Robert McClelland was a resident in surgery at Parkland Hospital in 1963 and served on the team of physicians who treated President John F. Kennedy, Texas Governor John Connelly and suspect Lee Harvey Oswald.
 
March 2015
Allen Mondell has over 45 years of experience in television and film. He
co-wrote, produced and directed the films seen in the permanent exhibition at
The Sixth Floor Museum. He was serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone at the time of the assassination.
 
April 2015
Pierce Allman is a career journalist, working as WFAA-Radio’s program director in 1963 covering President Kennedy’s visit to Dallas. He was one of the first reporters inside the Texas School Book Depository after shots were fired at the Kennedy motorcade.
 
May 2015
Hugh Aynesworth is a journalist and author who covered President Kennedy’s visit to Dallas for The Dallas Morning News and was the only reporter present for all of the major events that occurred the weekend of November 22-24, 1963. He later worked for Newsweek magazine, ABC News’ 20/20, and the Washington Times.

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Distance Learning Programs

Distance learning programs last 45 minutes, and can be customized for your class.

Living History: Connect your students with "living history", as they interact with the eyewitnesses, law enforcement officials, journalists, physicians and others with direct memories of the Kennedy assassination.  Students become oral historians as they ask questions of these special guests.  Every Living History presentation includes historic photographs, films or artifacts that make the events come alive for your students.

John F. Kennedy and the Dallas Civil Rights Movement:  Discover how President Kennedy's legacy continued to have an effect on the Dallas Civil Rights Movement long after 1963.  Through speeches, photographs, oral history testimony and documents in the Museum's collection, the Dallas story is connected to the national struggle for equality, and students draw conclusions about how the movement plays a role in their lives today.

Conflicting Evidence? The First 24 Hours after the Kennedy Assassination:  Examine evidence found by investigators within the first 24 hours of the Kennedy assassination in this primary source-based program.  Students will evaluate the accuracy of reports and eyewitness accounts, and will use photographic analysis to evaluate what happened on November 22, 1963.  This program transforms students into history detectives as they evaluate the films, photos, oral histories and other evidence related to the investigation of President Kennedy's assassination.

Meet the Museum: Question and Answer Session:  Here is your chance to introduce your students to the world of the Museum!  Meet the staff that makes The Sixth Floor Museum tick: curators and educators, the librarian or the collections staff can come into your classroom to share details about their jobs, training and what life is like behind the scenes at The Sixth Floor Museum.

The Art of History:  Using the paintings of folk artist and memory painter Bernadine Stetzel, participants will explore what happens when we use memory to tell a story, paint a picture or record history by comparing and contrasting historic photographs, paintings and written accounts in this interactive, minds on program!

Professional Development

Use videoconferencing to bring The Sixth Floor Museum staff onto your campus for a one-of-a-kind professional development opportunity.  Contact the Museum's education department to discuss how our collection of photographs, films, artifacts and documents can enhance your history, social studies, government and language arts teaching: education@jfk.org.

To Register

Sign up for our programs through www.connect2texas.net. Simply click on Search Programs, select The Sixth Floor Museum as the provider, and then click on "Find Programs" for a complete list of programs.

For questions about pricing or to learn about the programs, call us at 214-747-6660, ext. 5572, or email education@jfk.org.

For technical assistance or to ask questions about connectivity options, call Lori Hamm at Connect2Texas, 817-740-7616 or email lhamm@esc11.net.