FREE Professional Development Programs for D.C. metro area teachers

Ted Polumbaum Photo Collection

Despite the dangers, more than 1,000 college students volunteered to canvass, teach and establish community centers during the Freedom Summer campaign of 1964. Singing “We Shall Overcome,” this group of volunteers begins its journey from Oxford, Ohio, to Mississippi. (Ted Polumbaum/Newseum Collection)


How did civil rights activists use the First Amendment to achieve their goals? How did Martin Luther King Jr. harness the power of the news media? Revisit a time period and movement that you already know well but examine it through a new angle: the lens of the free press.

Thanks to a generous grant from Wells Fargo, the Newseum is excited to offer two FREE open-enrollment professional development opportunities for DC, Maryland and Virginia teachers. The day-long event will include a hands-on Making a Change workshop, the opportunity to explore artifacts from our collection with an archivist, lunch and time to explore the museum independently. Participants will also receive a certificate of completion, a resource bag to take home and a tutorial on using the Digital Classroom with your students.

“Thank you again for a great workshop.  I feel privileged to have been able to attend and am working on ways to put what I learned into action with my students as soon as possible. Great Job.” – David J. Blakeley, Bryant Alternative High School

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