Summer Update From The Reagan Education Team!

In this blog post, you’ll find information on upcoming summer workshops, distance learning opportunities, and our virtual simulation. If you have any questions, please email

On The Record: News Literacy Then & Now

Emmy Award winner Dr. Elizabeth Smith (Pepperdine University) will be discussing News Literacy and its impact on our lives. The breadth and scale of social media, and the history and trends in our news industry and information ecosystem are topics of immense importance. Listen and converse with others about the impact the shifts in news delivery have had on public perception of news events. Dr. Smith will also share thoughts and tools for instructing your students on this critical topic. This event will also serve as a rollout for a brand new virtual simulation experience centered around news literacy – all teachers in attendance will be able to take part in a demonstration.

This virtual workshop will take place on Thursday, June 24th from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. PST. Click here to sign up!

Truman Library Teachers Conference: The Presidents and the Constitution

This online webinar for teachers focuses on how a variety of Presidents have encountered and molded the Constitution. Each occupant of the office – from the first president to the 45th – has contributed to the story of the Constitution through the decisions he made and the actions he took as the nation’s chief executive.

By examining presidential history through the lens of constitutional crises and confrontations, The Presidents and the Constitution offers a fresh viewpoint on how the Constitution has evolved in the hands of individual presidents.

Presenters from ten presidential libraries will each share how their president made decisions with the Constitution in mind, how it helped them, and how it hindered them.

Teaching activities will be shared throughout the week and in the virtual environment, there will be a number of interactive sessions for teachers to learn from. College credit is being arranged through Lindenwood University.

Presenters include educators from:

  • Hoover Library
  • FDR Library
  • Truman Library
  • Johnson Library
  • Nixon Library
  • Carter Library
  • Reagan Library
  • George H W Bush Library
  • Clinton Library
  • George W Bush Library

This virtual workshop will take place from July 12-16, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. CST. Click here to sign up!

Thrive Sim: Lives In Balance – Sign Your Classes Up Now!

We partnered with iThrive Games to create a brand new virtual simulation!

In iThrive Sim: Lives in Balance, students role-play as government officials tasked with making decisions and charting a path forward amidst a pandemic. As members of a six-person coalition, students must analyze data, negotiate and compromise with their peers, and contend with conflicting information from multiple sources including experts on infectious disease and commerce.

iThrive Sim: Lives in Balance is a 2021 EdTech Cool Tool Award finalist in the categories of Games For Learning / Simulation Solution and New Products and Services, as well as a Bronze award winner of the Muse Web GLAMi awards in the category of Immersive and Interactive Experiences.

Click here to sign up your class!

Classroom Webinars – Distance Learning

Our education team members recently visited a virtual classroom from Durham Elementary School to teach our workshop “Symbols of the Presidency”! Thank you to the students and their teacher for being such a wonderful audience.

Interested in having us come to your classroom to teach one of our webinars? Currently, we’re available for the following:

  • The Great Communicator (Grades 4 – 12)
  • Symbols of the Presidency (Grades 1 – 4)
  • Choosing the President’s Cabinet (Grades 9 – 12)
  • The Space Shuttle Challenger (Grades 8 – 12)
  • President Reagan and the Cold War (Grades 11 – 12)
  • The 1980 and 1984 Elections (Grades 9 – 12)
  • The Unofficial Roles of the President (Grades 6 – 8)
  • The Story Behind the Titanic (Grades 3 – 5)

For information on how to schedule a virtual visit for one of these workshops, please email To learn more about our upcoming education programs, visit the Reagan Library website.

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