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?

    January 12, 2020 at 8:43 am

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

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

    What is the cost of these workshop weeks?

    • 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.

  6. 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!

  7. Susan C. Dihle
    June 14, 2020 at 4:02 am

    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. MaryAnne Parsons-M
    August 26, 2022 at 2:22 pm

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

    • Danna Bell
      August 26, 2022 at 2:29 pm

      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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