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July 12, 2018 - 1:30pm EDT to July 15, 2018 - 1:30pm EDT
The Civil War Trust's annual National Teacher Institute brings together educators from all over the world. This four-day event includes workshops, lectures, and tours from some of the leading experts in the history and education fields. Educators will be immersed in a friendly, fun, and engaging learning environment, where they will be able to network with other educators while learning new and innovative teaching methods.
June 18, 2018 - 9:30am EDT to July 21, 2018 - 1:30pm EDT

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.

February 20, 2018 - 5:00pm EST
The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards emphasizes high quality social studies education. To continue to refine outreach efforts, feedback was collected from teachers late in 2017 and will be published in a white paper with the full results. A webinar will be held on Wednesday February 20, 2018, from 5-6pm ET to share the information gathered from educators who participated in the survey. To join the webinar, which is free, visit
June 11, 2018 - 8:15am EDT to June 12, 2018 - 4:15pm EDT
You can serve as a judge for the upcoming National Contest, the conclusion of the annual National History Day program. Judging will take place at the University of Maryland, College Park, on Monday, June 11, 2018 for the Junior Division (grades 6-8) and Tuesday, June 12 for the Senior Division (grades 9-12).
Over months, grade 6-12 students have been conducting extensive research on topics related to an annual theme and present their findings in historical papers, exhibits, documentaries, performances, and websites. This year the theme is "Conflict and Compromise in History."
July 24, 2018 - 9:00am EDT to July 28, 2018 - 9:00am EDT
The application for the 3rd Annual Friends of the National World War II Memorial Teachers Conference,“Struggle for National Unity in World War II: Perspectives and Lessons”, is now online. The conference will feature presentations by fellow educators and other experts in the area of World War II history, a panel discussion with WWII veterans, tours of sites of significance, and a remembrance ceremony at the Memorial. Each participant who takes part in the full conference will receive a certificate for 26 continuing education hours.

July 9, 2018 - 1:00pm EDT to July 13, 2018 - 1:00pm EDT
Be inspired this summer! Attend one of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's week-long institutes in Washington, D.C. 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 American art to make interdisciplinary connections and foster critical thinking skills.
Social studies teachers nationwide are invited to apply for the July 2018 Religious Worlds of New York summer institute – a three week program, with a generous stipend, that will help them teach about American religious diversity. The institute is sponsored by the Interfaith Center of New York and Union Theological Seminary (UTS), with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It will bring 25 teachers from throughout the U.S.
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 Portrait Gallery’s collection. Participants will learn how to “read” portraiture and use the art as a springboard into a more in-depth discussion about biography and history. Teachers in grades kindergarten–12 may apply as individuals or as part of a team. Priority will be given to social studies, English/language arts, and visual arts teachers.
​In the wake of the American Revolution, political leaders insisted that their new republic could not survive without improved and more comprehensive public education meant to create better informed citizens. But the push for educational reform often ran afoul of local legislators and voters, who balked at the taxes needed to fund expanded systems of education. In his talk for the National Humanities Center, historian Alan Taylor discusses this​ ​intriguing irony—that republican reliance on popular sovereignty complicated efforts by elites to improve voters through education.


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