Professional learning opportunities in social studies available

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Several summer professional learning opportunities are available for social studies educators. The immersive programs offer learning experiences that will allow educators to improve their content knowledge, discover new resources and learn new instructional strategies.

  • American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati 2020 Master Teacher Seminar – This week-long residential program in Washington, D.C., is open to middle school and high school teachers. Selected teachers receive a stipend to offset travel costs, and meals and accommodations are included.

The application deadline is Feb. 22.  Visit the American Revolution Institute’s website for more information.

  • Ford’s Theatre, “Set in Stone: Civil War Memory, Monuments and Myths” – During this week-long program in Washington, D.C., teachers will discover how the Civil War and Reconstruction have been represented throughout U.S. history. Through exploration of monuments and memorials, teachers will learn new strategies to incorporate into their instruction. The program is open to teachers in grades 3-12.

The application deadline is March 31. The cost to participate is $500, which covers all program costs, round trip airfare and accommodations. Visit the Ford’s Theatre website for more information.

  • Ford’s Theatre, “Civil War Washington” – This week-long program provides teachers in grades 3-12 an opportunity to explore Washington, D.C., as it was during the Civil War. Teachers will learn strategies for incorporating historical sites and primary sources into their classroom instruction.

The application deadline is March 31. The cost to participate is $500, which covers all program costs, round trip airfare and accommodations. Visit the Ford’s Theatre website for more information.

  • Fort Ticonderoga Institute – Twelve classroom teachers will experience a week at Fort Ticonderoga in northern New York examining “the age of exploration, the quest for control of the continent by competing European nations, the war for American independence and the War of 1812.”

The application deadline is March 15. Scholarships are available that cover travel, accommodations, all program resources and most meals. Visit Fort Ticonderoga’s website for more information.

  • Freedoms Foundation Summer Institutes – Programs in July cover five different topics surrounding U.S. history, including government and international relations.

Scholarships are available to cover program costs, and travel stipends also are available.  To find out more information about eligibility, deadlines and the themes for these programs, visit the Freedoms Foundation website for more information.

  • Gilder Lehrman Summer Institutes – The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History offers week-long summer seminars that allow teachers to investigate primary sources, visit historic sites and learn from historians who specialize in these topics.

The application deadline is Feb. 18. Travel stipends are available; meals and accommodations are free for accepted teachers.  Visit the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s website for more information.

  • James Madison’s Montpelier Seminars – The Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution offers programs that immerse educators in the founding of the United States Constitution. These workshops are onsite at Madison’s home of Montpelier in Montpelier Station, Va., where he spent time formulating his ideas that would later serve as the foundation of the U.S. Constitution.

Scholarships are available that cover all program costs, including meals and accommodations.  Visit Montpelier’s website for more information.

  • Monticello Teacher Institute – The Thomas Jefferson Foundation provides teachers the opportunity to research and study at Monticello and the Jefferson Library in Charlottesville, Va., through week-long summer professional development programs.

The application deadline is March 1.  Stipends are available to cover program costs, travel, housing and meals. Visit Monticello’s website for more information.

  • Mount Vernon Residential Programs – The George Washington Teacher Institute Summer Residential Programs are five-day experiences that support educators whose instruction involves George Washington and his life, leadership and legacy.

The application deadline is Jan. 13. Accommodations and meals are included, and travel costs are reimbursed. Visit Mount Vernon’s website for more information.

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institutes – One- to four-week summer seminars and institutes are available on a wide range of topics.

The application deadline is March 1. Stipends are available to help offset travel and living expenses.  Visit the National Endowment for the Humanities’ website for more information.

  • White House History Association Teacher Institute – This five-day professional development experience focuses on the history of the White House. Teachers will visit local sites, learn from historians, participate in inquiry-based learning activities and learn about resources and strategies they can implement in their classroom.

The application deadline is Feb. 1. Stipends are available, and lodging and most meals are free. Visit the White House Historical Association’s website for more information.

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