Teacher Training

The Sixth Floor Museum Education Department offers interdisciplinary professional development for teachers that makes use of our vast and varied collection of primary sources that will help to bring history alive to students.

We can customize a training opportunity for your group at The Sixth Floor Museum or your location! Just contact education@jfk.org to discuss how we can help.

There are often special events, exhibits or special partnerships that occur during the school year for which we hold teacher workshops. Stay tuned to this page for announcements about those or sign up to be on our Educators email list, and we’ll send you the information.

Teaching Civil Rights from the 1700s through 2017 and beyond

June 13, 2017 | 9:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. | $25
Old Red Museum | 100 S. Houston Street, Dallas, TX

This workshop includes primary source activities and guest speakers to put into context the struggle for equal rights for all people from 1776 through today, and looking onward as students grow to become active citizens. Teachers will broaden their own content knowledge and develop primary source-based lesson plans that demonstrate the significance and relevance of historic civil rights milestones.


Special Guest Speakers:
Julie L. Hershenberg, J.D., M.A., M.P.T., Professor of Political Science, Collin College
Ernest McMillan, Civil Rights Activist
Stephen Fagin, Curator and Oral Historian, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
Zac Harmon, Executive Director, Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture

Workshop Facilitators:
Ani Simmons, Education Programs Coordinator, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
Jenny Sweeney, Education Specialist, National Archives at Fort Worth

5th–12th grade educators

TEKS-aligned workshop, with 6 hours of CPE credits

For more information, contact Ani Simmons at 214.389.3076 or anis@jfk.org

John F. Kennedy, Dallas and the Struggle for Civil Rights

Presentation Day Julie's GroupIn the summer of 2013 The Sixth Floor Museum received a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to support John F. Kennedy, Dallas and the Struggle for Civil Rights, a weeklong teacher training institute.  Participants from all over North Texas—and one educator from Virginia—heard presentations from humanities scholars, an archivist and a civil rights activist.  The educators also visited important Dallas sites related to President Kennedy’s assassination and the Civil Rights Movement to broaden their content knowledge about the civil rights context for Kennedy’s visit to Texas in 1963.

Julies Group Around TableInstitute participants created primary source-based lesson plans designed to engage students and help them put the 50th anniversary of the assassination and several civil rights milestones into context.

The Sixth Floor Museum’s education department is pleased to share its growing selection of dynamic primary source lesson plans and we encourage teachers to submit additional lesson plans for us to share with teachers around the world.

Watch the video below to learn more about the John F. Kennedy, Dallas and the Struggle for Civil Rights Teacher Institute.