Teacher in a New Deal supported school room, circa 1930s.For Teachers

"You cannot impart what you have not made your own. You cannot engender enthusiasm if you have lost it. Teaching is dead when the subject does not inspire enthusiasm in the teacher."

~ Eleanor Roosevelt, Pictorial Review, April 1930


Download Programs BrochureDocument-based Education Programs

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum's Education Department staff conducts educational programs designed for K-12, college and university students, adult learners, and the general public. These programs include classroom workshops, Museum programs, teacher development seminars, and outreach. Teachers can sharpen their skills by attending a variety of professional development workshops that draw on the rich resources and knowledgeable staff at the FDR Library and Museum. See also: Plan a Field Trip

Teacher Development Workshops

The Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum offers a number of  both on and off site Professional Development Workshops drawing on our rich resources and knowledgeable staff. Teachers can sharpen their skills, renew their enthusiasm for teaching history and earn professional development credit by attending a variety of professional development workshops including:  

  • Educator WorkshopsTeaching American History Grant Workshops (each specially designed to District and Grant specifications and requirements )
  • Introduction to Resources and Programs at the Roosevelt Presidential Library
  • Working with Primary Sources at the Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
  • Developing Document Based Questions from Primary Source Material from the Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
  • Using Film in the Classroom
  • Racism in AmericaTuskegee; Today; Tomorrow

 Teaching NY State StandardsTeaching New York State Standards with the Resources at the Roosevelt Library

The New York State Department of Education has adopted five Social Studies Standards, these are: History of the United States and New York; World History; Geography; Economics; and Civics, Citizenship, and Government. It should come as no surprise that there were events in the life of Franklin D. Roosevelt that touched on each of the themes set forth in the standards. Here, each standard has been matched to an event and document making an interesting and informative starting point for developing a case study. This section includes downloadable images of archival documents for use with student research or classroom activities. 

Curriculum GuidesCurriculum Guides

Comprehensive curriculum guides are available to introduce students to key topics of the Roosevelt era. Using primary source documents, photographs, and accompanied by study questions and other resources from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library archives, the guides are designed for use by teachers of civics, citizenship, government, economics, geography, fine arts, history, writing and journalism. The curriculum guides can be effectively used by students from 3rd to 12th grade.



Franklin D. Roosevelt Day by Day

Day by DayThis is an interactive chronology documenting Franklin Roosevelt’s daily schedule as President, from March 1933 to April 1945. Featured here are digitized original calendars and schedules maintained by the White House Usher and the official White House stenographer. These calendars trace FDR’s appointments, travel schedule, social events, guests, and more. A searchable database based primarily on these calendar sources is available so that you can search the chronology by keyword and date. Day by Day also includes an interactive timeline of additional materials from the Archives of the FDR Library to place each day’s calendar into larger historical context.


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