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Announcements and Opportunities

NCSS would like to alert all its members about this large and useful listing of professional development events (webinars, seminars, summer workshops, etc.).
Foreign Policy Research Institutes' (FPRI’s) professional development opportunities for high school history and social science teachers include a History Institute on “Why Does America Go to War?” on March 25-26, 2017. Learn about it at
The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) is launching a new massive open online course (MOOC) on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017. This free MOOC is titled "Top 10 Social Issues for the President’s First 100 Days in 2017." The course seeks to connect SP2’s renowned faculty and research with constituents across the country and will serve as an educational platform for participants to examine president-elect Donald Trump and his administration’s plans and policies in real-time.
Population Education has opened registration for its spring 2017 online professional development course for science and social studies educators (grades 6-12). The course runs from March 13 - May 12, 2017. Discover student-centered learning strategies that use contemporary issues and real-world data to examine the social and environmental impacts of human population growth.
“Keeping the Spirit of Democracy Alive Across the Nation” is the theme of this year’s American Lawyers Alliance (ALA) Law-Related Education Teacher of the Year Contest.
For over 50 years, ALA has recognized the vital role that teachers play in Civics Education.  One Middle School and Two High School teachers will be chosen as the ALA LRE 2017 Teachers of the Year.  Each winner will receive a $1,500 cash award at the ALA Annual Meeting in New York City in early August 2017.  
The National World War II Museum in New Orleans is now accepting applications for its second annual Summer Teacher Institute. The 2017 institute will be led by renowned WWII scholar and New York Times bestselling author Donald L. Miller. It will focus on the European Theater of Operations during the war. The institute takes place in three phases, starting with an intensive week-long seminar in New Orleans (July 16-22, 2017), utilizing the vast resources of the Museum, including the expertise of educators, curators, and historians, to explore strategies for teaching about the war in Europe.
Here is an opportunities abroad for U.S. K-12 educators. The 2017 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program Online Application for U.S. K-12 educators has been posted.
Are you a United States:
• Primary and/or secondary classroom teacher?
• Guidance counselor?
• Curriculum specialist?
• Gifted and Talented or Special Education coordinator?
• Media specialist/librarian?
• Other type of K-12 educator that spends at least 50% of your time working with students?
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grants support professional development programs in the humanities for school teachers and college and university faculty. NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes may be as short as one week or as long as four weeks. Read about all of them at
Deadline for applying is March 1, 2017.

Here are examples of just a few (of many) NEH Summer Seminar:

The 12th annual Summer Institute for Teachers, “Federal Trials and Great Debates in U.S. History,” sponsored by the American Bar Association in partnership with the Federal Judicial Center, is scheduled for June 25-30, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Designed especially for teachers of U.S. History, Government, Civics, and Law, the “Federal Trials and Great Debates” Summer Institute deepens participants’ knowledge of the federal judiciary and of the role the federal courts have played in key public controversies that have defined our constitutional and other legal rights.
Five years ago TNTP launched the Fishman Prize as way to celebrate great teachers. Since then, the prize has recognized nearly 500 teachers who build strong relationships with their students, ignite passion for their subject matter, and push students to reach their highest aspirations.  The application for the 2017 Fishman Prize is now open. Visit  
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