Applications Now Available for 2020 Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute

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.


  1. james mackasey
    January 7, 2020 at 1:55 pm

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


    James Mackasey

  2. Cheryl Lederle
    January 8, 2020 at 8:33 am

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

  3. Tia
    January 8, 2020 at 1:51 pm

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

  4. Cheryl Lederle
    January 8, 2020 at 2:22 pm

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

    January 12, 2020 at 8:43 am

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

  6. Danna Bell
    January 13, 2020 at 8:35 am

    We certainly will.

  7. Brenda M McClean
    January 16, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    What is the cost of these workshop weeks?

  8. Danna Bell
    January 17, 2020 at 10:23 am

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

  9. Sheri
    February 3, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    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!

  10. Danna Bell
    February 4, 2020 at 11:30 am

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

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