Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute Applications Now Available

Apply to participate in a Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute at the Library of Congress if you want:

  • A week to learn effective strategies to incorporate primary sources into your teaching;
  • A week to develop a lesson plan using primary sources from the Library of Congress;
  • An opportunity to interact with teachers from around the country and exchange ideas;
  • To meet the Teaching with Primary Sources blog team.

The five-day institutes will provide educators with tools and resources to effectively integrate primary sources into classroom teaching. The teacher institutes are free but participants must pay for travel to Washington, D.C., and for lodging and food while attending the institute.

In addition, interested participants may earn three graduate credits from George Mason University for completing all Summer Teacher Institute and post Institute requirements (additional fees are required to obtain graduate credit).

Interested? Institute dates are listed below. Note that two of the institutes will highlight specific topics. The remaining dates are not topic driven.

  • May 21-25, 2012
  • June 11-15, 2012
  • July 9-13, 2012 (World Cultures Focus)
  • July 16-20, 2012 (Civil War Focus)
  • August 6-10, 2012

The deadline to send in applications is February 17, 2012. Additional information and the application form can be found here!

5 Comments

  1. Shannon W.
    January 24, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I believe the deadline is actually February 17, 2012 not 2011. It is correct when you click through.

  2. Tracy
    January 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    This looks great. However, is it seriously only limited to K-12 teachers? I am a librarian and would love to implement this into my instruction with college freshman as well as the high school students that I work with. I hope that you might consider opening this up for teacher librarians as well.

  3. Tracy
    January 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I see now that librarians are included. Thank-you! However, this then takes me to a second thought….why is this limited to only k-12? Seems like this lesson will still be relevant for higher education professors as well.

    1. It is only K-12?

    2. And if I work with high school students through my University in a collaboration project could I still apply?

    Thanks so much!

    • Danna Bell-Russel
      January 25, 2012 at 9:00 am

      Hi Tracy,

      Though our focus is on K-12 educators we have had quite a few college and university professors who have attended. Most of them have either taught pre-service teachers or have been interested in making more effective use of primary sources in their classes. I do encourage you to apply as I think you will bring a unique perspective to the program.

      If any of you reading this blog are interested in applying but aren’t sure if you would be eligible or not send us an email using the link to ask questions on the Summer Institute application website.

Add a Comment

This blog is governed by the general rules of respectful civil discourse. You are fully responsible for everything that you post. The content of all comments is released into the public domain unless clearly stated otherwise. The Library of Congress does not control the content posted. Nevertheless, the Library of Congress may monitor any user-generated content as it chooses and reserves the right to remove content for any reason whatever, without consent. Gratuitous links to sites are viewed as spam and may result in removed comments. We further reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to remove a user's privilege to post content on the Library site. Read our Comment and Posting Policy.

Required fields are indicated with an * asterisk.