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The Foreign Policy Association seeks high school teachers with demonstrated commitment to international education to take part in its annual Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute. Teachers chosen will reflect geographically and demographically diverse high schools from around the continent and will be chosen on a competitive basis. There will be four days of:
* Strengthening skills in teaching global affairs
* Exploring ways to expand international studies in the classroom
* Building professional support networks
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:

Be inspired this summer! Attend one of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's week-long summer institutes in Washington, D.C., July 10–14 or July 24–28, 2017. Join educators from across the country for an exciting exploration of the connections among American art, social studies, history, and English/language arts. Museum professionals lead participants in interactive content sessions, gallery talks, and hands-on activities that use
Educators are invited to explore World War II history in Munich and Berlin by joining PDK International for a 9-day tour through Germany in July 2017. PDK’s Germany tour offers a perspective that looks, not only upon the sights and culture of the country, but goes deeper into the heritage and legacies that history has instilled upon it.
Tentative dates are July 7-15, 2017.
“Learning to Look with the National Portrait Gallery” is a Summer Teacher Institute in Washington, D.C., to be held June 26-29 and July 10-13, 2017.
Integrating portraiture into the classroom provides exciting opportunities to connect students with history, biography, visual art, and many other subjects. The Summer Teacher Institute will take a broad look at
The William Reese Company Teacher Fellowship seeks to enrich high school curriculum by encouraging research developing interdisciplinary connections between American art and core curriculum subjects of language arts, history, social studies, and the sciences. The fellowship is open to all high school educators affiliated with a public, private, or charter school. Each of the one-month residential fellowships includes a $4,000 stipend. It's administered by the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.
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 more 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.
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.
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