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Apply Now! Summer 2024 Professional Development at the Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its three-day 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.

Teachers collaborate to analyze a primary source from the Library’s collections

Four sessions will be offered this summer:

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

  • June 26-28, 2024
  • July 10-12, 2024
  • July 15-17, 2024

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

  • July 1-3, 2024

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 Feb 16, 2024 and require a letter of recommendation. Read more and apply now.

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Comments (7)

  1. Hello LOC!
    I wonder if some of your programs are open to professors in higher ed?
    I’ve moved from el-ed to higher ed, and want to be more fluid in my teaching with primary sources for social studies – are there also work groups/ communities that I could connect with for that type of work?
    Thank you! :>)

    • Hello Brianne! Please feel free to apply – we have worked with professors of higher ed in previous years. Thank you for your interest.

  2. I would love to expand my educational horizons with this opportunity.

  3. I’ve heard this is fantastic, but asking teachers to fund their own travel and housing is going to severely limit your applicant pool. School budgets are tight, and DC is expensive!

  4. This would be an excellent opportunity for to expand my teaching and share my experience with my students. What a wonderful way to invest in the future of students who can learn vicariously though this opportunity,

  5. This seems incredible. Sadly a quick check of prices in the DC area for hotels seems really difficult to manage. Maybe you can find a partner in the future to help pay so teachers could get a hotel discount.

  6. As a teacher of middle and high school social studies courses, I look forward to any opportunity in which I can obtain resources, professional collaboration, and new instructional strategies!

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