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Applications Now Available for 2020 Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute

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This post is by Michael Apfeldorf of the Library of Congress.

The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its week-long summer institutes for K-12 educators. Held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., this professional development opportunity provides educators of all disciplines with resources and strategies to effectively integrate primary sources into K-12 classroom teaching. Each session will focus on pedagogy, with an emphasis on supporting student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge.

While practicing these teaching strategies, attendees will explore some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available in the Library’s collections. They will also conduct research to identify primary sources and develop an activity related to their classroom content.

Four week-long sessions will be offered this summer:

General Focus – open to K-12 educators across all content areas:

  • June 15-19, 2020
  • June 22-26, 2020

Science, Technology, and Engineering Focus – recommended for K-12 educators who teach science, technology, or engineering, or collaborate with those who do:

  • July 6-10, 2020

Civics Focus – recommended for K-12 educators interested in teaching with primary sources from a civics perspective:

  • July 13-17, 2020

The institute and instructional materials are provided at no cost. Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from Washington, D.C., and any required overnight accommodations.

Applications are due March 23 and require a letter of recommendation. Read more and apply now.

Comments (14)

  1. Hello, I would like to apply for the Teachers’ Institute. Can Canadian Teachers apply?


    James Mackasey

  2. Hello James,
    All teachers are welcome to apply – thanks for your interest!

  3. What do the days look like are they 8-4? How what is the general structure?

    • Hello Tia,
      The days run 9-5.
      Thanks for your interest!

  4. Will you let us know when the application process is up and running?

    • We certainly will.

  5. What is the cost of these workshop weeks?

    • Our Summer Teacher Institutes are free but participants must pay their travel, lodging and meal expenses while in Washington, D.C.

  6. Can you provide names of local hotels near the Library of Congress? I am researching airlines and hotel expenses for the teacher institute.

    What is the most efficient and safe mode of transportation to the Library for the sessions?

    Thank you!

    • You can direct your questions to [email protected]. The institute coordinators monitor that website and can answer your questions.

  7. Are the Library of Congress’ summer institutes up and running with Covid-19? Perhaps they are being offered online?

    If so, please contact me at the email listed above.

    I am especially interested in classes in ESL/ELD and in foreign language classes.

  8. Are graduates of this program LOC Teacher Institute Fellows or LOC Teacher Institute Alumni?

    • They don’t receive any sort of title. They can get a certificate that indicate that they have done a certain number of professional development hours that they can use for recertification.

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