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Name the Blog Contest

Hello fellow educators, students, bloggers and other interested people!

My name is Chelsea Graf.  I am an intern here at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum from California Lutheran University.

I’m writing this blog to let you all know about the exciting new contest we are holding.

The Reagan Blog needs to be re-named! So, all you creative and artistic people out there start thinking of ideas. Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • A friendly and interesting name
  • Something that will make you want to read it
  • What will make you want to spend those five minutes on our blog rather than, or as well as, on facebook? J 

The person who wins the contest will get an honorable mention on the blog, with your name, a photograph of yourself, and a short biography. Now who wouldn’t want to be the person who named the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library’s blog?  Which one of you will it be?

So start getting your creative juices flowing and submit your ideas in the comments area below!

I look forward to hearing them!

-Chelsea Graf



Expanding the Reagan Education Blog

We’re excited to be expanding our audience to students of all ages.  We welcome your thoughts and ideas.

Take a look on the left and you will find some important information on the left sidebar.

I want point out special areas of development:

*Document Discussion Group – includes digitized documents, background information, and areas of curriculum integration.

*Issue Conversations – developing around Kettering Foundation/National Issues Forum Institute programming onsite.

The issue this fall is Economic Security.  We’re looking forward to engaging in meaningful conversations both onsite here at the Reagan Library and on our blog. 

Take a look and join in.


Do you participate in webinars for professional development?

Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986

Take a look at the left sidebar “Document Discussion Group” page. You will find a  synopsis of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 as well as digitized documents from our archives.

This was the last piece of federal legislation signed on the issue of illegal immigration and continues to guide policy today.

Education Conference (7/29)

Hello Educators!

I hope you all had a productive day and received a lot of practical information to use in your classrooms. We had some great conversations about Reagan as “The Great Communicator,” the Cold War and heard from a prestigious speaker, Dr. Donal O’Sullivan. You all made some
interesting and relevant comments that were briefly mentioned during our group discussions, but we may or may not have been able to talk about them extensively. I encourage you to make comments here on the blog and to continue the conversation with us. Let us know how you used the materials in your classroom, what you did or did not like about the conference, post links to relevant websites or any other pertinent comments you would like to share. We would love to hear from you!

- Melanie

Day 3

Hello Educators!

It has been a rewarding few days here at the Document of the Month workshop. We have researched, organized, edited and created a curriculum. I hope that you share my productive sentiments and will be able to effectively disseminate this information to your students. I also hope that you enjoyed witnessing the bill signing by Governor Schwarzenegger and the appearance by Mrs. Reagan.

We would love for you to share any comments or critiques about the workshop. Also, if you have any future questions, comments or concerns feel free to leave them in a comment box on any of the posts. We will be continuing to monitor this blog and will respond as quickly as possible.

I speak for everyone when I say thank you all again for attending! I had a wonderful time meeting you all.

- Melanie

July 29, 2010 Workshop Schedule

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Education Conference

8:30 – 11:30 

Picturing the Presidency: President Reagan and the Cold War

Roosevelt / Jefferson Room


Lunch Break

Allbritton Hall

12:00 – 1:30           

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Donal O’Sullivan, CSUN

Allbritton Hall

Dr. Donal O’Sullivan is Assistant Professor at California State University Northridge. He has written three books and over twenty articles. His special field is Russian/Soviet history, Modern European History.  His latest book is Dealing with the Devil: Anglo-Soviet Intelligence Cooperation During the Second World War.           

1:30 – 4:30  

The Great Communicator Files

Roosevelt / Jefferson Room   

4:30 – 6:30  

Self-Guided Museum Tour


A Conversation Starter…

Ernesto mentioned in his presentation on the Presidential Timeline today that, “my textbook doesn’t drive my course anymore.”  He was referring to his use of supplemental materials and primary source documents in developing life long learners and critical thinking skills.

Does your “textbook drive your course”?  To what extent do you integrate primary sources into your classroom and for what purposes?

- Mira

A Note From Mira

Well, we’re up and running and hard at work! I am so grateful to our wonderful educators who have taken their precious summer vacation time to come to the Reagan Library, delve into our textual holdings and create an extensive body of primary-source document based lesson plans and classroom ready activities.

Our educators represent schools from a diverse group of area classrooms.  Some of our teachers focus on AP United States History classes whereas others are working with English Language Learners. The breadth of representation will encourage a strong and multi-faceted curriculum set on both the working of the United States Government and the history of our country.

The project serves as a great example of cooperation and communication between our educational and archival communities.  Thank you to the education interns, Reagan Library archivists, and the National Archives Social Media group for all of your support

- Mira

Day 2…

Greetings! It’s been a super productive day two of the workshop so far. Research has continued, spirited discussions ensued, and many are currently busy working on or completing lesson plans drafts.

If you have anything you’d like to share as a blog post, please let Melanie or myself know. This site is here to fit your needs!