Education at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute
Our Mission: To develop and empower citizens and leaders by drawing on President Ronald Reagan’s principles and the lessons of his life and presidency.
Our Story: President Ronald Reagan once said, “Since the founding of this Nation, education and democracy have gone hand in hand.” We embrace the concept that citizenship requires cultivation, and that when leadership skills are nurtured and developed, the result is a new generation of thoughtful, proactive, action-oriented citizens and a stronger democracy. Through state-of-the-art programs, immersive learning opportunities, and digital technology, we extend that core tenet into the 21st century and beyond. These opportunities offer a range of unique, innovative learning experiences that foster leadership, communication, and decision-making skills to inspire and empower the citizens and leaders of tomorrow.
Our Goal: To develop and inspire the citizens and leaders of tomorrow through immersive and impactful learning opportunities rooted in President Reagan’s principles and the lessons of his life and presidency. We aim to improve the citizenship, leadership, communication, and decision-making skills of every young person with whom we engage, whether locally, across the nation, or even around the world. Going forward, we have as a major priority reaching vast numbers of young people where they are – in their schools and online – by generating content that is consistent with our overall digital strategy. Our target audiences are middle and high school students, as well as their parents and teachers, and young adults who have graduated from high school.
Learn: We leverage the story and principles of Ronald Reagan and the vast archives held at his Presidential Library to offer a wide range of programs and curriculum designed to help students and teachers across the country and beyond develop the civic knowledge and skills necessary to be an engaged and informed citizen. This includes our online Reagan Academy eLearning courses, free curricular materials drawing on primary source material from our archives, professional development offerings for teachers, onsite and virtual field trip programs, a partnership with Discovery Education, a Speaker Series for Students, presentations at state and local conferences, and more.
Grow: We invest in growing the civic, leadership, communication, and decision-making skills of the more than 60,000 students we work with annually through our award-winning and immersive Reagan Leadership Center, Great Communicator Debate Series, and our national and local scholarship programs (GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Scholars Program). Going forward, we will seek to reach vast numbers of young people across the country consistent with our overall digital strategy. In addition, we work in conjunction with the Reagan Institute’s Center for Civics, Education and Opportunity to help grow leaders through the Academy for Civic Education and Democracy (ACED) program.
Lead: We believe in creating opportunities for students to lead through our Student Leadership Program summer camp, our Reagan Leadership Summit, our paid college Internship Program, and we recognize impactful student leadership across the country through the Reagan Leadership Medal. With the Reagan Institute in Washington, D.C., we lead on education policy through the Reagan Institute Summit on Education (RISE).