Teach Science or Civil Rights? Look what the Library of Congress has for you!

The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for all of its summer programs, including a week-long session for K-12 educators on science and one on civil rights. Held at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, these professional development programs provide educators with tools and resources to effectively integrate primary sources into K-12 classroom teaching, emphasizing student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge.

Tuition and materials are provided at no cost. Selected participants are responsible for transportation to and from Washington, DC, and any required overnight accommodations.

Library of Congress Seminar for Primary Sources in Science Education — July 14-18.

This week-long professional development opportunity is designed for K-12 educators who teach science or collaborate with science teachers.

Selected educators will spend a week in Washington, DC, immersed in the institution that holds papers of the Wright Brothers, Alexander Graham Bell, Carl Sagan, Benjamin Franklin, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Margaret Mead, and many others. In the seminar sessions, we will investigate the benefits of using primary sources in the science classroom, and build participants’ skills in teaching effectively with photographs, manuscripts, drawings, maps, and other formats from the Library’s collections.

The program will include model classroom activities, as well as opportunities to conduct original research, learn from peers, and work side by side with Library curators, experts and education specialists. By the end of the week, each participant will have drafted a primary-source based learning activity that drives student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge. (Previous participants in a Library of Congress Summer Institute are eligible.)

Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute on Civil Rights — July 28-August 1

Held in conjunction with a new exhibit focusing on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the week-long program will focus on strategies for teaching about the topic with primary sources—photographs, manuscripts, oral histories, songs, and more from the Library’s collections.

Held at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, the professional development will provide participants with tools and resources to effectively integrate primary sources into K-12 classroom teaching, with an emphasis on student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge. The Institute is open to teachers and school librarians across grade and content areas with teaching responsibilities related to civil rights. (Previous participants in a Library of Congress Summer Institute are not eligible.)

Applications for all of our summer programs are due March 24th and require a letter of recommendation. Read more about all of our Library of Congress summer teacher programs and apply now!

 

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