2017 Summer Professional Development Opportunities in Social Studies
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Note: This document was compiled by the Council of State Social Studies Supervisors. A special thanks to all of the organizations who helped contribute to this work and to the many organizations who are offering high quality social studies professional development for teachers across the country. Please email stefanie.wager@iowa.gov with any questions, comments, or to add programs to this list. Many of the opportunities below are offered free or low cost, but some opporunities do include a cost.
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Title of Professional DevelopmentDescriptionLink to Organization Website for Additional Information and/or Application MaterialsDate(s) of Professional DevelopmentApplication DeadlineContact Name for QuestionsEmail Contact for Questions
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Advanced Placement Summer InstituteThe UW-Madison Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Institute offers a unique learning experience for teachers interested in expanding their knowledge of AP course content, structure, and methodology. Courses offered include European History, Psychology, U.S. Government, and U.S. History.go.wisc.edu/cpqup9June 19-23, 20176/1/2017 or when the course reaches capacityMatthew Freidfreid@wisc.edu
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American Psychological Association Summit on High School Psychology EducationThis summit will be held at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. The goal of the summit is to promote the value, delivery, assessment and reach of psychological science through the teaching of high school psychology.http://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/topss/high-school-summit.aspxJuly 9-14, 2017December 5, 2016Emily Learyeleary@apa.org
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Belfer Holocaust ProgramThe U.S. Holocaust Museum (Washington DC) has wonderful programs for educators. The Belfer summer programs is for all secondary or community college educators, even those with little or no previous experience in Holocaust education. There is one session for English/Humanities instructors on July 19-21, another for Social Studies educators on July 23-25. The program is free, AND there are scholarships for travel and housing.https://www.ushmm.org/educators/professional-events-and-resources/belfer-educators-conferenceJuly 19-21 and July 23-25, 2017May 15, 2017Cameron Sumnercsumner@ushmm.org
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Bill of Rights InstituteParticipants engage in deep discussions on critical issues, interact with scholars and experts, visit places of historical significance, and much more! Our 2017 programs feature two engaging weeks of fun in Washington, D.C., for you to choose from.http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/educate/educator-programs-events/foundersfellowship/July 10-14, 2017 or July 24-28, 2017March 15, 2017Laura Vlkevents@billofrightsinstitute.org
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Brazil, Cuba, Mexico: Bringing Latin America Into the ClassroomTwo day program which explores the Choices curriculum units on Mexico, Cuba and Brazil.http://www.choices.edu/pd/summer.phpJune 29-30, 20176/28/2016Mimi StephensMimi_Stephens@brown.edu
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Center for the Study of the American ConstitutionThe Center for the Study of the American Constitution (CSAC) is pleased to announce we are accepting applicants for our annual summer institute on the American Founding Period. This five-day institute is available at no cost to participants and designed for secondary level teachers. The institute features an immersion in the issues, individuals, and primary source materials from the Founding Period of American History.Flyer https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByWXE-nUoLV-Tk02MmVDSXZaQkVDN0Ewai1uM0VPNkNVMGtR Application https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByWXE-nUoLV-U2JOR3hFYk4yei10OGxKLWNMbHMtZ2dRV1dvJuly 16-20, 2017Timothy Mooretdmoore2@wisc.edu
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C-SPAN Educator ConferenceEach summer, C-SPAN hosts two teacher conferences in Washington, DC. The day-and-a-half long conferences are held during the month of July at C-SPAN’s headquarters in the heart of Washington, DC. Airfare to and from Washington, two nights’ hotel stay, and meals during the conference are all provided by C-SPAN.http://www.c-spanclassroom.org/Teacher-Opportunities.aspxAvailable February 2017Available February 2017educate@c-span.org
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C-SPAN Teacher FellowshipFor four weeks during summer 2017, Fellowship recipients will collaborate with C-SPAN’s Education department to develop new teaching materials using C-SPAN resources in order to better serve our Classroom members nationwide. The Fellowship takes place at C-SPAN’s offices in Washington, DC. Each Fellow receives a stipend of $7,000 to cover housing, travel, and living expenses. Fellows will also participate in C-SPAN’s Summer Educators’ Conferences where they share their ideas and experiences using C-SPAN’s programs with conference attendees.http://www.c-spanclassroom.org/Teacher-Opportunities.aspxSummer 2017March 3, 2017educate@c-span.org
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Choices Program Introductory WorkshopsDay-long programs are held around the country. Workshops include two Choices curriculum unitshttp://www.choices.edu/pd/summer.phpVarious12/31/2016Mimi StephensMimi_Stephens@brown.edu
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Civil War TrustJoin us for our 2017 event. We will explore the rich Civil War history of West Tennessee and its environs. Attendees will participate in workshops, tours, and a special Shiloh National Military Park tour with some of the best historians on the subject.http://www.civilwar.org/aboutus/events/teacher-institute/July 13-16, 2017Opens in Februaryteacherinstitute@civilwar.org
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Constitutional Scholars Instituteoin educational colleagues from across the United States and constitutional scholars to explore the historical, legal, philosophical, and political evolution of the Supreme Court. The program consists of strong content sessions and activities as well as the skills and tools you need to apply the material in your classroom. Participants will receive a casebook on significant Supreme Court Cases discussed during the Institute.http://rendellcenter.org/constitutionalscholars2017/July 23-28, 2017April 15, 2017Beth Speckerbspecker@rendellcenter.org.
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Dar al Islam: Understanding Islam and Muslis- An Institute for EducatorsUniversity professors and Islamic scholars cover in-depth and breadth Islamic culture, History, Contemporary issues, and resources. www.daralislam.orgPriority deadline is April 1, 2017institutedirector@daralislam.org
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Echoes and ReflectionsJoin Holocaust, social justice, and human rights educators from across the country at this unique professional learning experience.https://www.thememoriallibrary.org/get-involved/summer-seminar-application/June 17-29, 2017March 1, 2017Jennifer Lembergjlemberg@holocausteducators.org
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Economics Across the CurriculumCreative, active engagement is our approach to teaching economics. These institutes are sponsored by the American Institute for Economic Research.https://www.aier.org/teach-teachersVariousRolling
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Engaging Students in Inquiry and Discussion on International IssuesTwo or three day immersion in Choices curriculum. Most sessions are led by other educators who use Choices materials.








http://www.choices.edu/pd/summer.phpJune 26-28, 20176/25/2017Mimi StephensMimi_Stephens@brown.edu
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Facing History and Ourselves- Integrating LGBTQ Voices into the HumanitiesIn this interactive workshop, we will focus on Facing History and Ourselves’ core themes of identity and membership and share best practices for integrating LGBTQ topics into classroom curriculum. We will explore connections between stereotypes, fear, and homophobia and model strategies for creating classroom environments that respect students’ unique identities and help foster equity of voice.https://www.facinghistory.org/calendar/wq2017ch1-teaching-safe-and-inclusive-classrooms-integrating-lgbtq-voices-humanitiesMarch 9, 2017Megan Kosteckamegan_kostecka@facinghistory.org
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Facing History and Ourselves- Holocaust and Human BehaviorIn today’s world, questions of how to best build and maintain democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resilient to violence are more relevant than ever. Studying the Holocaust using Facing History’s approach allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history and fosters their skills in ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical for sustaining democracy. This workshop features the fully revised, digital edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior and is intended for teachers who are already teaching Holocaust and Human Behavior.https://www.facinghistory.org/calendar/wq2017ch7-democracy-risk-holocaust-and-human-behavior-advanced-workshop3/24/2017Megan Kosteckamegan_kostecka@facinghistory.org
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Facing History and Ourselves- Holocaust and Human BehaviorIn today’s world, questions of how to best build and maintain democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resilient to violence are more relevant than ever. Studying the Holocaust using Facing History’s approach allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history and fosters their skills in ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical for sustaining democracy. This workshop features the fully revised, digital edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior and is intended for teachers who are already teaching Holocaust and Human Behavior.https://www.facinghistory.org/calendar/s2017ch5-democracy-risk-holocaust-and-human-behaviorJune 26-28, 2017Megan Kosteckamegan_kostecka@facinghistory.org
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Facing History and Ourselves- Film as TextLearn strategies for finding evidence in film to support an argumentative writing prompt and text-based discussions. This interactive after-school workshop is designed for social studies, civics, and humanities teachers.https://www.facinghistory.org/calendar/w2017ch5-film-text-standards-based-literacyMarch 28, 2017Megan Kosteckamegan_kostecka@facinghistory.org
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Facing History and Ourselves- Race and Membership in American History: The Eugenics Movement Using Facing History’s resource book Race and Membership in American History: The Eugenics Movement, this seminar will explore how Americans defined citizenship and membership in the early part of the 20th century and the echoes and legacies of this movement today.https://www.facinghistory.org/calendar/s2017ch6-race-and-membership-american-history-eugenics-movementJuly 10-12 2017Megan Kosteckamegan_kostecka@facinghistory.org
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Facing History and Ourselves- The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of DemocracyHow does society rebuild after extraordinary division and trauma, when the ideals and values of democracy are most vulnerable? We will explore this significant period in U.S. history, when Americans were faced with the challenge of restoring a nation amid the social and political upheaval of the civil war.https://www.facinghistory.org/calendar/s2017ch7-reconstruction-era-and-fragility-democracyJuly 17-19, 2017Megan Kosteckamegan_kostecka@facinghistory.org
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Federal Trials and Great Debates in United States History Summer InstituteDesigned especially for teachers of U.S. history, government, civics, and law, the Federal Trials and Great Debates Summer Institute deepens participants’ knowledge of the federal judiciary and of the role the federal courts have played in key public controversies that define our constitutional and other legal rights. Participants work closely with leading historians, federal judges, and curriculum consultants, focusing on three landmark federal trials through curriculum developed by the Federal Judicial Center. Lodging is arranged by the Institute, and reasonable travel fees will be reimbursedwww.ambar.org/summerinstituteJune 25-30, 2017March 1, 2017Catherine Hawkecatherine.hawke@americanbar.org
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Ford's Theatre Civil War Washington Teacher FellowsLearn about Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Washington during the Civil War as you spend a day at each of these fascinating sites. https://www.fords.org/for-teachers/programs/civil-war-washington/civil-war-washington-application/June 18-June 23, 2017April 3, 2017education@fords.org
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Ford's Theatre The Seat of War and PeaceExplore the Lincoln assassination, the conspirator's trial, primary sources detailing personal responses to the event, Reconstruction and Lincoln's legacy where these important evens took place. https://www.fords.org/for-teachers/programs/the-seat-of-war-and-peace/July 23-28, 2017April 3, 2017education@fords.org
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Foundation for Teaching EconomicsFTE has many summer programs available, across the country. in general, the attendee pays to get there and FTE covers the rest. Topics for residential programs include Economics for Leaders, Economic Forces in American History, Economic Issues for Teachers, Environment and the Economy, and Right Start in Teaching Economics.http://www.fte.org/teacher-programs/VariousVariousinformation@fte.org
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Freedoms FoundationFreedom Foundation hosts graduate level seminars and workshops which include a variety of topics from World War II to the American Revolution in the south.http://www.freedomsfoundation.org/VariousOpens January 1, 2017education@ffvf.org
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Fulbright-Hays Bilateral ProjectsThe program provides short-term study and travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities for the purpose of improving their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. Support is generally made available through interagency agreements. The Department of Education transfers funds through the State Department to Fulbright commissions in various countries to pay the costs associated with administering seminars. This partnership allows the program to use the services and expertise of binational organizations to plan and conduct seminars for U.S. educators.https://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpssap/index.htmlVariousDecember 28, 2016Maria Changmaria.chang@ed.gov
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Fulbright-Hays Group ProjectsThis program provides grants to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Projects may include short-term seminars, curriculum development, group research or study, or advanced intensive language programs.https://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpsgpa/index.htmlVariousUnknownReha Malloryreha.mallory@ed.gov
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GEEO Teacher Travel ProgramsFounded in 2007, GEEO is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has sent over 1600 teachers abroad on adventurous travel programs. GEEO's trips are 7 to 23 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and university educators, administrators, retired educators, as well as educators’ guests. Travel to over 30 countries is availible, mostly during the summer.http://www.geeo.orgThroughout the summer break (Also Winter and Fall breaks)RollingJesse Weiszesse@geeo.org
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Gilder Lehrman InstituteThe Gilder Lehrman Institute offers over 30 summer institutes on various topics in American history. These institutes are led by top scholars in their fields.www.gilderlehrman.org/teacherseminarsVariousFebruary 20, 2017seminars@gilderlehrman.org
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Harry S Truman Library & Museum Summer Teachers ConferenceJoin us for a Behind the Scenes look at the American presidency. The 14th annual teachers’ conference in July 2017 will examine key presidential advisors, First Ladies and Vice Presidents. Presenters from a variety of presidential institutions will give teachers a unique perspective of a variety of influential people through history. From Martha Washington to present day, teachers will learn how key figures have influenced both the presidency and U.S. history. Teachers will also be given time to research the archives and primary sources from presidential libraries to create lessons to take back to their schoolshttps://www.trumanlibrary.org/educatio.htmJuly 17-21, 2017February 28, 2017Mark Adamsmark.adams@nara.gov
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Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers ProgramThe Summer Seminar of the Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers' Program was initiated by Vladka Meed in 1984. The seminar is designed for secondary school teachers who implement Holocaust studies in their classrooms. The group of approximately 24 teachers visits historic sites and hears from survivors and prominent scholars.http://www.hajrtp.org/program.htmlSummer 2017March 17, 2017Elaineelaine@americangathering.org
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Japan-US Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable DevelopmentThe Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) will provide 12 U.S. teachers and administrators with a fully-funded opportunity to travel to Japan to learn about ESD efforts and strengthen ESD curricula in both countries. ESD is “a vision of education that seeks to balance human and economic well-being with cultural traditions and respect for the earth’s natural resources,” according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).http://www.iie.org/Programs/ESD#.WGf0dWIrKpoLate June 2017January 13, 2017esdteacher@iie.org
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John F. Kennedy Library- Beyond Black and White: Prioritizing Race and Racial Formation in the Study of American Life, Past and PresentJoin us this summer for an intensive two-week program of thought-provoking lectures and discussions led by distinguished scholars and guests. The American Studies Summer Institute, an annual program co-sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Boston and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, offers educators and graduate students the opportunity to explore in depth a topic drawn from American history, politics, culture, or social policy. This year’s program, held at the Kennedy Library, will place race and racial formation at the center of our historical investigations in order to understand how they each continue to impact and challenge our contemporary perceptions and misperceptions of what it means to be American. We will explore how race broadly has been historically made and remade, and consider the kinds of effects that this process has had both upon racial identities and racial alliances within the U.S. Our attention will be both global and domestic as we examine such topics as the legacy of the Atlantic slave trade, indentured labor and plantation slavery, Whiteness as a racial formation, Black Codes and other forms of criminalization of African Americans, Japanese internment and a Muslim-American registry, redlining and segregation, Cold War civil rights, environmental racism, and Native American sovereignty and Standing Rock.Drawing upon experts from a variety of disciplines and with diverse perspectives, the institute will be directed by Keith Jones, Lecturer in American Studies and Africana Studies at UMass Boston, and Education Specialist Nina Tisch at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Participants may earn three graduate credits in American Studies. For those who wish to receive graduate credit, the fee for this grant-supported course is $505. For teachers taking the course for PDPs only, a non-credit option is available for $150.
https://www.jfklibrary.org/Education/Teachers/Professional-Development/American-Studies-Summer-Institute.aspxJuly 10-21, 2017Not statedNina Tisch nina.tisch@nara.gov
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K-12 Study CanadaThe US today faces unprecedented demand for globally competent citizens and professionals. To this end, U.S. Department of Education Title VI grants support language training programs and area studies, including Canada, so that students learn more about the world and transnational trends. The U.S.D.O.E.-designated Pacific Northwest National Resource Center on Canada offers the STUDY CANADA Summer Institute for K-12 Educators annually to provide American educators with an excellent foundation for teaching about our vital political, economic, environmental and cultural relationships with Canada. For more than 35 years, teachers from every state have learned about core social studies topics related to Canada—such as geography, history, government, and economics—from university faculty and other experts. Important outcomes have always included gaining global perspectives of civic issues, receiving numerous resources for classroom use, and developing curricula that meet Common Core, C3 and state standards.http://www.k12studycanada.org/index.php?a=scsiJune 26-30, 2017May 1, 2017Tina Storertina.storer@wwu.edu
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Keizai Koho Center Japan FellowshipTravel to Japan with the Keizai Koho Center for a ten day study tour.http://www.us-japan.org/programs/kkc/k2017/index.htmlJune 26-July 5, 2017 (tentative)February 3, 2017Katsuko Shellhammerkkcfellowship@us-japan.org
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Korea in the Modern WorldKorea in the Modern World. January 26 ─ April 12, 2017 (20 contact hours). In this four-module seminar, participating teachers will examine primary and secondary sources to consider the impact of imperialism and independence, political and nationalist ideologies, economic issues, and globalization on the development of the Koreas, 1895 to the present. Content will address the World History Content Standards and AP World History Course Guidelines. www.colorado.edu/ptea/KoreaSeminarJanuary 26 ─ April 12, 2017 1/12/2016Catherine Ishidaishida@colorado.edu
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Library of CongressImmerse yourself in the practice of teaching with primary sources from the unparalleled collections of Library of Congress this summer. Apply to attend a week-long professional development program for K-12 educators in the nation's capital.http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/teacherinstitute/VariousNot yet postedteachinglcsummer@loc.gov
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Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Civil Rights Educator InstituteThe Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Civil Rights Educator Institute is a design laboratory for social engagement that provides a space for pedagogical experimentation, and inquiry into issues related to human rights and education for liberation. This institute brings together educators, community workers, and cultural activists from around the country to exchange knowledge and experiences, and to learn with and from each other in an intensive week-long learning community.https://www.nps.gov/chsc/learn/education/summer-teacher-institute.htmJuly 9-14, 2017None statedJodi MorrisJodi_Morris@NPS.gov
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Memorial Library- The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human RightsOur twelve-day summer seminar is open to Holocaust educators from across the United States and will take place from June 17 – 29, 2017 in NYC. Led by Sondra Perl, Jennifer Lemberg, and their colleagues Alice Braziller, Michael Franke, and Oana Nestian-Sandu, the seminar encourages teachers to think creatively and collaboratively about how they teach the Holocaust, genocide, and social justice. Participants become adept at dealing with difficult material and discover how writing, dialogue, and inquiry can help motivate students toward social action. Prior experience teaching the Holocaust or focusing on social injustice in the classroom is required. Applicants should have at least five years’ classroom experience and need to be at least five years from retirement.https://www.thememoriallibrary.org/sponsored-programs/summer-seminar/June 17-29, 2017info@holocausteducators.org
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Monticello Teacher Institute: The Barringer Research Fellowship for Teachers of American HistoryThe Thomas Jefferson Foundation is pleased to announce the 2017 Monticello Teacher Institute (MTI), an immersive professional development opportunity designed to provide social studies teachers the opportunity to research and study at Monticello and the Jefferson Library in Charlottesville, Virginia. With the dual goal of enhancing their classroom teaching and contributing to the collection of digital resources available online at Monticello’s Digital Classroom, teachers will collaborate on projects such as lesson plans, curricular units, resource packets, or other creative products rooted in the history of the founding principles and their relevance today. Their onsite experience will be enriched and supported by group excursions, presentations by leading Jefferson scholars, and other focused workshop sessions. Following the weeklong residence, participating teachers will be expected to bring conversations about Jefferson’s ideas and Monticello into their classrooms, schools, and communities.https://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/barringerJuly 8-14, July 22-28March 15, 2017education@monticello.org
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Mount VernonThe George Washington Teacher Institute Summer Residential Programs are 5-day immersive professional development experiences designed to support K-12 educators who teach about the life, leadership, and legacy of George Washington and the 18th-century world in which he lived.http://www.mountvernon.org/education/for-teachers/teaching-institutes-professional-development/residential-programs/summer-residential-programs/June 13-17, 20-24; July 11-15, 18-22; August 1-6, 8-12January 31, 2017Jackie Jecha
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Mount Vernon Life Guard Fellowship ProgramOne to three week funded fellowships are available to exceptional classroom teachers, curriculum specialists, and supervisors. Fellows are awarded on-site housing, $1,000 stipend per week in residence, and one round trip to and from Mount Vernon.http://www.mountvernon.org/education/for-teachers/teaching-institutes-professional-development/the-life-guard-teacher-fellowship-programBetween June and August 2017February 29, 2017
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National Constitution CenterTeachers from across the country and constitutional scholars from across the political spectrum for a weeklong teacher institute at the National Constitution Center in the heart of historic Philadelphia in July 2017. During the institute—through lectures, demonstrations, and historic site visitation—educators work with content experts to deepen their knowledge of the history and modern debates about interpretations of the U.S. Constitution. With master teachers and the Center’s education team, participants will also discover innovative, nonpartisan ways to make the content relevant to a wide range of learners. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ICInstituteJuly 9-14 or July 16-21, 2017Mike AdamsMAdams@ConstitutionCenter.org
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National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)The National Council for the Social Studies shares and offers several professional development opportunities. http://www.socialstudies.org/tssp/professional-development http://www.socialstudies.org/workshopsVarious
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National Gallery of Art: Art of the RenaissanceThe Teacher Institute is a six-day seminar that helps K–12 teachers (of all subjects) strengthen their knowledge of art history and integrate visual art into classroom teaching. The program features lectures, gallery tours, teaching strategies, and hands-on learning experiences.http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/education/teachers/teacher-institute.htmlMarch 30, 2017July 10-15, 2017 or July 24-29, 2017teacher@nga.gov
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National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow ProgramSelected educators will travel aboard the ships National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endeavour II, and National Geographic Sea Lion on expeditions to regions including the Arctic, British and Irish Isles, Canadian Maritimes, Iceland, the Galapagos, Antarctica and more. While aboard, Fellows will share the importance of geographic literacy with fellow travelers, develop activities to bring back to their classrooms, and have an adventure of a lifetime. Prior to the expedition, all 2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellows will travel to Washington, D.C. (March 23–26, 2017) with all expenses covered to participate in a pre-voyage workshop sponsored by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.http://nationalgeographic.org/education/programs/grosvenor-teacher-fellows/VariesDecember 31, 2016GTFprogram@ngs.org
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National Park Service- Quest for the Liberty BellYou will learn the rich history of this symbol of liberty and gain ideas on how to use the Liberty Bell in the classroom. In addition, you will get to tour the tower of Independence Hall where the Liberty Bell formerly hung. Teachers attending this workshop must be able to climb very steep steps. Each workshop is limited to the first ten teachers that register. https://www.nps.gov/inde/learn/education/development/teacherworkshops.htmApril 29, 2017 or May 20, 2017Jeffrey Collinsjeffrey_collins@nps.gov
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National Museum of Women in the Arts ABC Teacher InstituteDesigned for elementary teachers. Women in the Arts education staff, professional book artist Carol Barton, and curriculum and literacy specialists will focus on Art, Books, and Creativity (ABC) curriculum and related online education resources. Developed for 4th and 5th grade classrooms, ABC can be differentiated for a range of age groups (particularly grades 3–8) and learning needs. This program is free and takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Participants try out book formats—accordion books, self-portrait books, pop-ups, and more—as well as writing exercises from ABC. Also, participants practice the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) method for facilitating art discussions and brainstorm ideas for integrating visual arts with language arts, social studies, math, and science in their own classrooms.https://nmwa.org/learn/educators/teacher-institutes/abc-teacher-instituteJuly 10-14, 2017May 15, 2017Adrienne Gayosoagayoso@nmwa.org
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National Portrait GalleryThe Summer Teacher Institute takes a broad look at the Portrait Gallery's collection. During the institute, the museum's curators and historians provide in-gallery content lectures, introducing the collection. Utilizing an interactive approach, NPG educators model a variety of "learning to look" strategies—unique ways to hook and engage students when they look closely at portraits.http://npg.si.edu/teacher-workshops/learning-look-summer-teacher-instituteJune 26-29, 2017 or July 10-13, 2017April 14, 2017npgeducation@si.edu
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National WWII Museum Summer InstituteIn July 2017, The National WWII Museum will convene its second annual Summer Teacher Institute, led by renowned WWII scholar and New York Times bestselling author Donald L. Miller, PhD. Thirty teachers from around the nation will be selected to participate in an intensive week-long seminar utilizing the vast resources of the Museum, including the expertise of educators, curators, and historians, to explore strategies for teaching the history of World War II. During the 2017-2018 school year, participants will partner with Museum educators to develop and present their own professional development workshops. In July 2018, the cohort will reconvene in Normandy, France to explore firsthand the site of the 1944 D-Day landings, the largest amphibious invasion in history. Prior to both summer sessions, participants will interact with Dr. Miller, Museum educators, and one another through preparatory readings and online discussions.http://www.nationalww2museum.org/learn/education/for-teachers/summer-teacher-institute.htmJuly 16-22 2017 (New Orleans, LA) July 15-21 2018 (Normandy, France)February 1, 2017Joshua Goodmanjoshua.goodman@nationalww2museum.org
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NCTA- Critical Issues in Contemporary ChinaAs China continues its emergence as a global power, the complexities of governing and living in China remain immense. This five day residential institute will explore some of the most critical issues facing China's leaders and people today, from political reform to environmental issues to foreign policy. Participants will work with China specialists to develop a well-rounded understanding of contemporary China and gain exemplary resources to use in the classroom. www.colorado.edu/pteaJuly 10-14, 2017Available December 19, 2016Jon Zeljojon.zeljo@colorado.edu
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NCTA- Teaching Korea in the Globalizing WorldContemporary Korea cannot be understood without a deeper understanding of its interactions with the modern world. Presenting authentic voices through Korean narratives and texts, this three-day institute will consider the Korean people's encounters and approaches to global phenomena such as colonialism, democracy, the Cold War, communism, command economics, and capitalism in the last century and a quarter. www.colorado.edu/pteaJuly 24-26, 2017Available December 19, 2016Catherine Ishidacatherine.ishida@colorado.edu
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NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture workshopsThe National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture program supports a series of one-week workshops for K-12 educators that use historic sites to address central themes and issues in American history, government, literature, art, music, and related subjects in the humanities. https://www.neh.gov/divisions/education/summer-programsSummer 20173/1/2017landmarks@neh.gov
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NEH Summer Seminars and InstitutesThe National Endowment for the Humanities offers summer seminars and institutes on a variety of humanities topics. They range from one to four weeks in duration, and all offer stipends to help defray travel and living expenses.https://www.neh.gov/divisions/education/summer-programsSummer 20173/1/2017sem-inst@neh.gov
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NEH- African Americans and the Making of Early New EnglandAfrican Americans and the Making of Early New England is a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for K-12 teachers and librarians hosted by the Deerfield Teachers' Center of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield, MA. The workshop will be presented the week of July 9 through July 14 and again the week of July 23 through July 28, 2016. The workshop places slavery in the north into the context of the history of colonial New England. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2017 and you will be notified whether or not you are accepted on March 31, 2017. There is a stipend to help defray travel and lodging.http:// http://afram-workshop.deerfield-ma.org/July 9-14 and July 23-28, 20173/1/2017Lynne Manringlmanring@deerfieldhistorymuseum.org
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NEH- Following in Ancient Footsteps: The Hopewell in OhioJoin us this summer to learn about the internationally-significant sites of the Hopewell and Fort Ancient cultures in Ohio: the Newark Earthworks, Fort Ancient, the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, and Serpent Mound. Attending Summer Scholars will experience these sites with expert scholars who will bring the sites to life; and learn about archeological methodology and teaching historic sites from practicing archaeologists and site educators. The one-week workshop will be run twice, July 9-14 and July 23-28, 2017, and is based in Columbus, Ohio. The program is free for accepted applicants and includes a stipend to aid in covering travel and other expenses. Teachers who have previously attended this workshop are not eligible.http://hopewell.creativelearningfactory.orgJuly 9-14 and July 23-28, 20173/1/2017Betsy Hedlerehedler@ohiohistory.org
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NEH- From Harlem to Hip Hop: African American History, Literature and SongYou are invited to apply to the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute From Harlem to Hip-Hop, 6-25 - 7/15, which examines African-American music, art, history, and literature from the Harlem Renaissance to Civil Rights to Hip-Hop. As part of the Institute, participants will develop meaningful curriculum to use and share. It takes place in Fairfield, CT with site visits to research libraries and multiple locations in New York City. The NEH provides a $2700 stipend to cover expenses. Middle and high school teachers are encouraged to apply.http://faculty.fairfield.edu/NEHhiphop/6/25-7/15/20173/1/2017Laura NashLNash@fairfield.edu
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NEH- Henry FordThe story of America’s Industrial Revolution is an epic tale, full of heroes and heroines, villains and vagabonds, accomplishments and failures, sweated toil and elegant mechanisms, grand visions and unintended consequences. How did the United States evolve from a group of 18th-century agricultural colonies clustered along the eastern seaboard into the world’s greatest industrial power? Why did this nation become the seedbed of so many important 19th-century inventions and greatly influence assembly-line mass production in the early 20th-century? Who contributed? Who benefited? Who was left behind?https://www.thehenryford.org/education/at-the-henry-ford/professional-development/americas-industrial-revolution-workshop/July 20173/1/2017neh@thehenryford.org
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NEH- Jump at the Sun: The Eatonville Roots of Zora Neale Hurston
The Florida Humanities Council's Teaching Florida program is pleased to announce we will be offering two tuition-free professional development workshops for K-12 teachers from around the United States in July 2017. "Jump at the Sun: The Eatonville Roots of Zora Neale Hurston" a workshop on the works and life of author and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston will be offered twice in July 2017. The week-long residential workshops will be held in/near Hurston's home town of Eatonville, Florida (near Orlando).
https://floridahumanities.org/educators/workshops/zora-neale-hurston/July 20173/1/2017Jacqui Mayjmay@flahum.org
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NEH- "Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressivisms: Race, Capitalism, and Democracy, 1877-1920"Participants in this program will spend four weeks in Chicago, a center of Progressive Era reform, engaging in vigorous discussions about this critical time period in American history and creating materials to use in their classrooms. Our institute team and guest scholars do a masterful job posing provocative questions to really rekindle your passion for learning and teaching. Teachers will receive a $3,300 stipend.http://www.gildedandprogressive.org/June 25-July 21, 2017March 1, 2017Rachel Allmen rallmen@chicagohistoryfair.org
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NEH- Center for Civic EducationThe Center for Civic Education will offer a three-week NEH Summer Institute in the summer of 2017 titled Political and Constitutional Theory for Citizens: The National Academy for Civics and Government. The Institute will be held in Los Angeles July 8–29, 2017. It will be open to educators from public and private high schools, middle schools, and upper elementary schools. The Institute, through a grant provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will provide 25 Americans and up to five international educators the opportunity to engage in serious study and seminar-style discussion of basic ideas of political theory, the principles of the founding of the Constitution of the United States, and the values of American constitutional democracyhttp://www.civiced.org/national-academy-for-civics-and-governmentJuly 8-29, 2017March 1, 2017Alisa Irionirion@civiced.org
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NEH- Foreign Exchanges: The U.S. and the Wider World in the Twentieth CenturyThis seminar is designed for teachers of U.S. and world history, ELA, music, arts, and world languages. The institute will emphasize foreign relations post 1898 and give participants new perspectives on the study of U.S. identities and foreign interactions across the 20th century. The seminar takes place at Simmons College in Boston. There is a $2,700 stipend.http://resources.primarysource.org/foreignexchangesJuly 2-21, 2017March 1, 2017Ann Marie Gleesonannmarie@primarysource.org
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NEH-Muslim American IdentitiesWhat does it mean to be Muslim and American? You are invited to explore this fascinating and important question this summer. You will read compelling texts and participate in engaging field trips as you study the diverse facets of Muslim American identity. $2,700 stipendhttps://goo.gl.uph4mdJuly 9-28, 2017March 1, 2017ecurtis4@iupui.edu
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Newseum Institute- Truth, Lies, and ConsequencesThis three-day workshops on Truth, Lies, and Consequences will provide you with tools to help students tell real news from fake news, strategies to help them understand their role as both media consumers and contributors, and daily opportunities for hands-on activities, exploration of artifacts from the collection and independent museum exploration.https://newseumed.org/news/apply-now-2017-newseum-summer-teacher-institute/July 12-14May 7, 2017newseumed@newseum.org
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Norman Leventhal Map CenterTeacher fellows will create curriculum materials using digitized maps and documents from the collections of the Leventhal Map Center and the Boston Public Library related to the early colonization of New England (17th and early 18th centuries). Using the Map Center’s new Tools for Teachers website, fellows will create map sets and lesson plans that incorporate historic maps and other primary source documents that further enrich the story of this time period. Fellows will also take part in teacher trainings at the Map Center, meet with library research staff to deepen their knowledge about the collections, and are highly encouraged to request and use original maps and documents while at the Map Center to further enhance their understanding of these amazing resources. A $2500 stipend will be paid to each fellow upon completion of their final project.http://leventhalmap.org/professional_developmentApril 28, 2017mleblanc@leventhalmap.org
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Online Book Group: Connections and Disconnection: Japanese Short Stories for High School Literature and HistoryOnline Book Group: Connections and Disconnection: Japanese Short Stories for High School Literature and History. January 14 ─ March 6, 2017 (16 contact hours). Explore selected short stories from the late 19th century to today, considering themes of cultural tradition, change and modernity, conventionality and non-conformity, and war. https://www.colorado.edu/ptea/JapanConnect January 14 ─ March 6, 2017 1/4/2016parisi@colorado.edu
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Online Book Group: Reading Mo Yan: Nobel Prize Literature in the Classroom Online Book Group: Reading Mo Yan: Nobel Prize Literature in the Classroom January 21 ─ March 3, 2017 (20 contact hours). Participate in close reading and discussion of stories by the author Mo Yan, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature. As Mo Yan writes about China’s challenges, we’ll consider how basic humanity is challenged by political and social pressures. www.colorado.edu/ptea/Mo-YanJanuary 21 ─ March 3, 20171/12/2017parisi@colorado.edu
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Online Book Group: Somewhere Among: Japan through Children’s LiteratureOnline Book Group: Somewhere Among: Japan through Children’s Literature. February 3 ─ April 9, 2017 (15 contact hours). Through this story of six months in the life of Ema, a bicultural fifth-grader living in Japan in 2001, participants will explore themes and topics of everyday life in Japan.www.colorado.edu/ptea/JapanChildLitFebruary 3 ─ April 9, 20171/12/2016Catherine Ishidaishida@colorado.edu
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Online Book Group: Street of Eternal HappinessOnline Book Group: Street of Eternal Happiness, by Rob Schmitz. January 14 ─ March 10, 2017. (16 contact hours). In this 2016 publication, NPR journalist Rob Schmitz tells the stories of ordinary people in his own Shanghai neighborhood, providing layers of complexity and individuality to our understanding of 21st-century China.https://www.colorado.edu/ptea/ChinaStreetJanuary 14 ─ March 10, 20171/12/2016parisi@colorado.edu
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Online Seminar: Issues in Contemporary ChinaOnline Seminar: Issues in Contemporary China. January 26 ─ April 12, 2017 (20 contact hours). Participating teachers will investigate some of the key issues in China that are making headlines and demonstrate its changing nature. Topics include Xi Jinping’s recentralization of power, territorial disputes with Taiwan about the South China Sea, general foreign policy strategy in the context of China’s rise, demographic changes, environmental innovation, and more. https://www.colorado.edu/ptea/ChinaSemJanuary 26 ─ April 12, 2017 1/12/2017Jon Zeljojon.zeljo@colorado.edu
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Perspectives for a Diverse America: A Partnership of the Museum of Tolerance and Southern Poverty Law Center Teaching TolerancePDA is a literacy-based, anti-bias, social justice curriculum that is aligned to the Common Core Language Arts and literacy standards—and to the groundbreaking Teaching Tolerance Anti-bias Framework (ABF). Its web-based modular design allows for maximum customization and differentiation. This highly interactive Institute features special guest speakers and will be led by experts from Teaching Tolerance. Learn how to use the free PDA to plan one lesson or integrate it throughout a scope and sequence.http://www.museumoftolerance.com/site/c.tmL6KfNVLtH/b.9230113/February 20-21, 22-23; March 27-28, 29-30; April 25-26, 27-28; June 13-14, 15-16Unitil fullinfo@museumoftolerance.com
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Quebec and the Evolution of CanadaTeachers, curriculum coordinators, administrators and librarians responsible for social studies and French are invited to apply for this summer institute. The institute provides foundations in history and geography with cultural insights through first-hand experiences. This institute takes place in Quebec and Montreal.www.umaine.edu/teachingcanadaJune 25-30, 2017March 1, 2017Betsy Arntzenarntzen@maine.edu
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Roma and Sam Kaltman Holocaust Studies for Educators ConferenceThe Roma and Sam Holocaust Studies for Educators is a week-long course that equips middle and high school teachers with the tools and techniques to effectively teach the Holocaust and its lessons.http://www.holocaustandhumanity.org/programs/holocaust-studies-for-educators/June 19-23, 2017Not stated513-487-3055
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Smithsonian American Art MuseumBe inspired this summer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as you join colleagues from across the country for an exciting exploration of the connections among American art, social studies, history, and English/language arts. Attend one of our week-long institutes in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Stay connected with your newfound colleagues and museum staff throughout the year.http://americanart.si.edu/education/dev/institutes/July 10-14, July 24-28April 2, 2017AmericanArtInstitutes@si.edu
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Street Law Supreme Court InstituteSpend six days with high-caliber instructors and expert resource people who lead their respective fields. Participants will also get a chance to hear decisions and attend a private reception as well as engage in a thorough study of six Supreme Court cases.www.streetlaw.org/scsi_apply17March 13, 2017June 15-20 or June 22-27, 2017Anthony Ashford
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Summer Seminar at Memorial Library: Home of the Holocaust Educators NetworkOur twelve-day summer seminar is open to teachers from across the United States whose schools and communities are faced with a lack of available resources or with issues related to social injustice.The seminar encourages teachers to think creatively and collaboratively about how they teach the Holocaust and more recent genocides. Participants become adept at dealing with difficult material and discover how writing, dialogue, and inquiry can help motivate students toward social action. Prior experience teaching the Holocaust or focusing on social injustice in the classroom is required. Applicants should have at least five years’ classroom experience and need to be at least five years from retirement.https://www.thememoriallibrary.org/sponsored-programs/summer-seminar/June 17-29, 2017March 1, 2017info@holocausteducators.org
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Teachers for Global ClassroomsThis is a year-long professional development opportunity for elementary, middle and high school teachers to develop leadership in global education. Global education is integral to building 21st century skills, and teachers are the greatest resource to empower students as global citizens.https://www.irex.org/project/teachers-global-classrooms-program-tgcMarch 2017Varioustgc@irex.org
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Teachers Law School by ABOTAThe ABOTA Foundation is proud to present the Teachers Law School. Our Teachers Law School program is designed for middle and high school educators with an interest in prioritizing civics and law-related education in the classroom. The TLS sessions provide teachers with information to help students better understand and appreciate the value and relevance of the American civil and criminal legal systems, as well as instruct teachers on hot topics pertaining to education law.https://www.abota.org/index.cfm?pg=TeachersLawSchoolJune 2017Tamara SivachelvanTamaraS@abota.org
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Teaching American History.orgWhat better way to learn about American history is there than by reading the primary sources, and discussing them with talented colleagues? What better place to learn about American history than in the places it was made? Participating teachers will read a set of primary source documents (150-200 pages), travel to a relevant historic site, and engage in conversation with up to 20 colleagues over the course of a weekend.http://teachingamericanhistory.org/weekendcolloquia/VariousVariousinfo@TeachingAmericanHistory.org
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The American Revolution Institute by the Society of the CincinnatiThis program is designed to immerse you in the study of the American Revolution. The seminar takes place in Washington DC and is a unique residential program in which participants stay at the Anderson House, the palatial mansion that serves as headquarters of the Society of the Cincinnati. The Society is one of the nation’s oldest cultural institutions, founded in 1783 by George Washington and the officers of the Continental Army to perpetuate the memory of the American Revolution.http://www.societyofthecincinnati.org/June 26-July 1, 2017February 6, 2017Eleesha Tuckeretucker@societyofthecincinnati.org
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Transatlantic Outreach ProgramExperience is what the Transatlantic Outreach Program is all about. Since 2002, TOP has sought to find the best and most qualified social studies and STEM educators and give them the opportunity to experience contemporary Germany in the most dramatic way possible: in person. From Berlin to Frankfurt, from Stuttgart to Munich, from Hamburg to Kiel, from Dresden to Schwerin, and from Weimar to Leipzig, each corner of Germany is sampled through sight, sound, touch, and taste!https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/spr/eng/top/top_teachers/top_study_tour.htmlMultipleVariestop@washington.goethe.org
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U.S. Holocaust Memorial MuseumThe Museum Teacher Fellowship Program seeks to train leaders in the field of Holocaust education. The fellows are a national corps of skilled educators who assist the Museum’s efforts to promote quality Holocaust education that is rooted in accurate history and responsible pedagogy. The Museum’s teacher training programs ensure that learning how and why the Holocaust happened is an important component of education in America and strengthens students' critical thinking about their roles in society. Held in Washington DC at the USHMM.http://www.ushmm.org/educators/professional-events-and-resources/museum-teacher-fellowship-programJuly 9-13, 2017February 1, 2017Kristin Thompsonkthompson@ushmm.org
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Understanding Islam and Muslims: An Institute for EducatorsDelve deeply into Islamic faith, practice, history & culture; explore resources & curriculum to teach about Islam: create a lesson plan that suits your classroom. The Institute is free, but participants must pay their round trip travel to Albuquerque, NM.www.daralislam.orgJuly 9-22, 2017April 15, 2017institutedirector@daralislam.org
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USS Midway Institute Programs for TeachersThe USS Midway Institute is a collaboration and partnership between the USS Midway Museum, the San Diego County Office of Education, and other institutions, and features faculty speakers from prominent universities such as the University of California, San Diego and George Washington University, among others. Admission to the USS Midway Museum, continental breakfast, lunch, and parking is provided daily. A $1,000 stipend is provided for the two-week institute and a $500 stipend is provided for the one-week institute.http://www.midway.org/midway-institute-teachersThe Cold War, Korea, and Vietnam June 25-July 8, 2017 World War II in the Pacific July 9-15, 2017March 12, 2017John Burnsjburns@midway.org
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Victims of CommunismThe 24-hour professional development program is free to middle school and high school educators interested in teaching about the history of communism and its collectivist legacy. Past seminar participants experienced statistically significant growth in their confidence and capability to teach about a wide range of subjects such as: communist ideology and history; the character of totalitarian governmental systems and practices; and the legacy of communist and post-communist states today, including the personal stories of witnesses, dissidents, and victims. The seminar blends together scholarly lectures, peer discussions, and pedagogical sessions to carefully balance content and pedagogy. These components are supplemented with short biographical films and in person testimonials from witnesses and dissidents who resided in communist countries both past and present. Seminar participants also receive and have the opportunity to work through the second edition of VOC’s curricular supplement—Communism: Its Ideology, Its History, and Its Legacy—developed by Dr. Lee Edwards, Dr. Paul Kengor, and Claire McCaffery Griffin, and which is currently in use in schools across the nation. Over 80% of past participants rated the seminar as better than other professional development programs in which they’ve participated. Registration is open to all educators currently teaching at the middle school and high school levels. Lunch is provided all three days; there is a reception on the first evening, and a dinner on the second evening. There is no cost to attend the seminars. Teachers, however, are responsible for their transportation to and accommodations in Washington, DC, and may apply for scholarship support of up to $1,000 to offset travel expenses.http://victimsofcommunism.org/events/2017-national-seminar-for-high-school-educators/July 16-18 and July 19-21, 2017Note statedMurray Bessettemurray.bessette@victimsofcommunism.org
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Voices and Choices of Young People During the Holocaust: A Partnership of the Museum of Tolerance and Facing History and OurselvesParticipants will explore the voices of young people during the Holocaust – what factors contributed to their identity, what choices they made, and what students today can learn by studying the Holocaust with an eye towards better understanding ordinary people and human behavior. Using Facing History and Ourselves original curriculum and unique exhibits of the Museum of Tolerance- including its newest one on Anne Frank- the program also features the opportunity to meet and hear a Holocaust survivor. Everyone walks away with new insights, tools and valuable classroom resources.http://www.museumoftolerance.com/site/c.tmL6KfNVLtH/b.9230113/June 21-22, 2017Until fullinfo@museumoftolerance.com
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White House HIstory Teacher InstituteThis five day teacher workshop is hosted by the White House Historical Association in Washington, D.C. at the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History. The Institute will feature discussions with historians, local site visits, inquiry based learning activities, and more.https://www.whitehousehistory.org/events/2017-white-house-history-teacher-institute?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Learn+More+%26+Apply+Here%21&utm_campaign=2017+Teacher+Institute+-+Apply+Now%217/17/17 to 7/21/17May 1, 2017education@whha.org
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WilliamsburgDuring six-day sessions on location in Colonial Williamsburg and the surrounding area, 25 participants and a Master Teacher engage in an interdisciplinary approach to teaching social studies with American history as the focus. Teachers have the opportunity to exchange ideas with historians, meet character interpreters and become part of the story in The Revolutionary City. Throughout each day, teachers work collaboratively with Colonial Williamsburg staff and Master Teachers to examine interactive teaching techniques and develop instructional materials that bring history to life in the classroom.http://www.history.org/history/teaching/tchsti.cfmVariousVariesteacherdevelopment@cwf.org
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Friends of WWII Memorial ConferenceThe conference will feature presentations by fellow educators and other experts in the area of WWII history, a panel discussion with WWII veterans, tours of sites of WWII significance, and a remembrance ceremony at the WWII Memorial. Each participant who takes part in the full conference will receive a certificate for 26 continuing education hours. The program is open to any middle or high school teacher or college professor at an accredited public, charter, private or parochial school who will teach during the 2017–2018 school year. Media specialists, librarians, curriculum coordinators and academic coaches are eligible as long as they spend at least half of their time providing direct instruction to students. Participants will be exposed to a broad spectrum of WWII history resources and tools aimed at educating current and future generations about the everyday men and women whose character, courage, creativity, determination, and innovation not only led to the winning of the war, but also reshaped America.http://www.wwiimemorialfriends.org/resources/2017-teachers-conferenceJuly 25-29, 2017April 24, 2017hrotondi@wwiimemorialfriends.org
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