American Ideals Virtual Field Trip

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Immerse students in the living, breathing process of democracy with a virtual celebration of America’s unique history of civic engagement. Students will get a special look inside The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and hear from alumni of various education programs held onsite there, to learn how they can practice leadership, communication, and informed action in their everyday lives. Give students the tools to develop their civic voice and build their best future using the values upon which our nation was founded. 

Hear from students around the country who are pioneering change in their communities.

Classroom Conversation Starters

Grades: Grades: 5–12 Middle & High School

Explore the fundamental civic skills that students can use to participate in their world and create positive change, from the local all the way to the national level. Through inquiry, students will use primary sources to gain a better understanding of the changing perceptions of civic action.

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VFT Educator Guide

VFT EDUCATOR GUIDE

Grades 5–12
Get students ready for the American Ideals Virtual Field Trip with two companion activities designed for both before and after viewing the field trip. Explore helpful background information, standards alignments and additional resources to support extended learning.
EDUCATOR GUIDE

Featured Contributors

Hear from real students around America to learn how they use civic engagement skills to tackle challenges and take lead in their own lives. Students will be introduced to graduates of the Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program to learn how they create real-world change using the basics of civic engagement.

Jayden Shepherd

Jayden Shepherd

Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program Graduate

Jayden developed and ran the Civic Leadership Program for students.

Paige Barella

Paige Barrella

Reagan Foundation Student Leadership Program Graduate

Paige created an anti-bullying video series to support middle school students.

Alex Edgar

Alex Edgar

Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program Graduate

Alex organized a Voter Registration Week in his community to get his peers engaged and registered to vote.

Casey Simpson

Casey Simpson

Reagan Foundation Great Communicator Debate Program Participant

Casey drew on a personal love of history to develop his communication skills.

Lauren Hehr

Lauren Hehr

Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program Graduate

Lauren supported her passion for hospitable service by growing as a leader.

Additional Resources

Additional Resources

Explore Scholarships, Programs, and Offerings for aspiring young leaders at the Reagan Foundation. 

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“By listening to other people and really engaging with people who have different experiences, it gives us a better idea of the issues before we interact with them”

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Alex

Virtual Field Trip Student