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.

Connecting to History using DBQs

1.5 days | 2 essential teaching tools | 10 hours of CPE

$75| Includes both DBQ and DocsTeach training | Laptop required

Sharpen your skills to search, select and organize the most relevant primary sources for your classroom.

  • Learn DBQ Project strategies to teach students to “read smart, think straight and write more clearly”
  • Use DocsTeach to curate primary sources from the National Archives and The Sixth Floor Museum collections by activity, time period and more
  • Create lesson plans to use next year with the help of educators from the Museum, the National Archives and The DBQ Project
  • Includes admission to the Museum’s exhibit, the special temporary exhibit Rebel Spirits: Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. and breakfast both mornings


Limited enrollment – Register by July 12 – Questions? Contact education@jfk.org

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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.

Institute 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.