Are you interested in learning experiences that will allow you to improve your content knowledge, discover new resources and learn new instructional strategies? An immersive summer social studies program might be the answer for you! These programs are open to K-12 educators, involve little to no cost to the participant and will enhance your knowledge and practice of the content you teach.

Fort Ticonderoga Institute

Twelve classroom teachers will experience a week at Ticonderoga 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 deadline to apply is March 15. For more information and to apply, visit the Fort Ticonderoga website.

Gilder Lehrman Summer Institutes

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is offering several summer learning opportunities for teachers: “The Making of America” summer institute for K-8 teachers, “Statesmanship in American History” summer seminar for high school teachers; and teacher symposium courses, including 12 online teacher seminars and a K-12 seminar on “Reframing Lincoln.” For more information, visit The Gilder Lehrman website.

Library of Congress Summer Professional Learning

The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., is hosting three-day free professional development workshop opportunities. The purpose of these workshops is for educators to learn about how to effectively use primary sources with their students. While the workshop is free, participants are responsible for all additional costs, such as lodging, meals and transportation. The application deadline is Feb. 10. To learn more, visit the Library of Congress website.

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 their week-long summer professional development programs. The application deadline is March 1. Lodging, meals, transportation and program costs are covered by this program for all selected participants. The application deadline is March 20. For more information, visit the Monticello Teacher Institute website.

Mount Vernon Residential Programs

The George Washington Teacher Institute Summer Residential Programs support educators whose instruction involves George Washington and his life, leadership and legacy. Teachers are eligible to apply for these five-day experiences. Accommodations and meals are included, and travel costs are reimbursed for selected teachers. The application deadline is Jan. 16, and the dates and themes can be accessed on the Mount Vernon website.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institutes

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers summer seminars and institutes for educators on a wide range of topics, each ranging from one to four weeks. All programs offer stipends to help offset travel and living expenses. The application deadline is March 3. A list of programs can be found on the National Endowment for the Humanities Professional Development Programs webpage.

USS Midway Museum Summer Seminars

The USS Midway Museum offers two summer institutes for teachers: “WWII in the Pacific” (one week) and “The Cold War, Korea and Vietnam” (two weeks). These programs take place aboard the USS Midway and include presentations from acclaimed historians, field trips and ship tours. Stipends and travel support funds are available for selected participants. The application deadline is March 5. For additional information, visit the USS Midway Museum website.

White House Historical Association Teacher Institute

The White House History Teacher Institute provides teachers with an in-person five-day professional development experience that 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. An online institute also will be available. The application deadline is Jan. 9 and more information can be found on The White House Historical Association website.