2019 U.S. Department of State Teacher Institute Application
Deadline: Applications close at 11:59 p.m. ET on March 1, 2019. Applicants will be notified of their selection in April.

NOTE: Please note that partial applications cannot be saved. Applications must be completed and submitted in one sitting. Only completed applications will be considered.

Applications are now open for the prestigious U.S. Department of State Teacher Institute co-sponsored by the United States Diplomacy Center and the Diplomatic Reception Rooms. Twenty-five teachers and school librarians will have the opportunity to incorporate the history and practice of diplomacy into their classroom. Global competencies will be applied to classroom skills through diplomacy simulations, guest speakers, and engagement with diplomats. Using historic objects and art from the museum collections in the U.S. Department of State, participants will utilize object-based learning to create innovative lessons and educational activities that bring the subjects they teach to life. The goal of these lessons is to engage students in active learning and teach the tools and practice of diplomacy.

To qualify, educators must:

● work with 6th to 12th grade students as teachers of social studies, the visual or performing arts, English language arts, school librarians, or those interested in bringing a global perspective into their classroom

● commit to developing and teaching multi-day lesson plans that teach the skills of diplomacy and utilize object-based learning

Educators who work with students or communities that represent diverse, underserved or underrepresented populations (based on racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation, socio-economic regional, rural/urban or special learning needs) are encouraged to apply.

Selected educators will receive training using historic objects and art from the United States Diplomacy Center and the Diplomatic Reception Rooms. The Diplomatic Reception Rooms collection holds masterpieces from the founding of our country to 1840. The United States Diplomacy Center collection is unique, with artifacts solely dedicated to telling our nation’s rich diplomatic history.

Participants must attend a 5-day teacher institute at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. from July 15-19, 2019 and make a commitment to:

● develop daily lesson plans using objects from the U.S. Department of State collections
● integrate their lesson plans with subject matter themes and course curriculum
● provide completed lesson plans before the beginning of the 2019 school year
● participate in all day-long sessions, and two evening events, during the Institute

Professional development credit is available. A stipend will be provided in installments as required work is completed.

This project requires a commitment of time during the summer. Please only apply if you are able to attend all portions of the Teacher Institute and complete the lesson plans during summer 2019.

For any questions, please contact DiplomacyCenter@state.gov

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