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.