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The Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Teacher of the Year Award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians in recognition of the contributions made by precollegiate (K-12) teachers to improve history education within the field of American history. The award, to be given for activities which enhance the intellectual development of other history teachers and/or students, memorializes the career of Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau, University of Louisville, for her pathbreaking efforts to build bridges between university and precollegiate history teachers.
Middle and high school students can enter the Teens Dream Video Competition with a 2-minute video of their dream as it relates to one of the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). See the colorful descriptions at In the fall of 2017, educate your students about the UN and how it is working collaboratively with stakeholder groups around the world that include youth. Then invite them to create a
Offer your skills, talents, and expertise -- and learn about your profession and your colleagues. Consider these opportunities:
July 31, 2017 - 9:30am EDT to August 11, 2017 - 9:30am EDT
K-12 educators and school leaders from across the nation are invited to participate in a full-week intensive seminar July 31–August 4, 2017, in Boston, OR August 7–11 in Lowell, Massachusetts to launch History Unerased (HUE’s) pilot program for the 2017-18 academic school year.
July 12, 2017 - 5:30pm EDT to August 16, 2017 - 5:30pm EDT
A free TPS Professional Development Providers Institute will be held online on Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm ET.

* Weekly one-hour online synchronous group work, along with self- paced activities, reflection, and peer feedback,
* Work with education professionals across the Eastern United States,
* Plan, customize, and deliver professional development (PD) that prepares educators to use the Library of Congress digital archives.

May 2, 2017 - 9:00am EDT to May 31, 2017 - 9:00am EDT
This Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8-12, 2017), the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is asking people to share photos, videos, gifs or stories on social media that illustrate their favorite teacher(s) or what an accomplished teacher looks like to them, using #PictureATeacher. Starting now throughout the month of May, we’d love to generate photos, videos and other types of visual content to show the world who teachers are.
Here’s where you come in: We’d love participation and support in spreading the word about our #PictureATeacher campaign.
July 31, 2017 - 8:00am EDT to August 4, 2017 - 8:00am EDT
The Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) will present its second annual summer content institute for K-12 social studies teachers from July 31--August 4, 2017. Application due June 15, 2017.
June 25, 2017 - 7:30am EDT to July 15, 2017 - 7:30am EDT
The 2017 USS Midway Institute is hosting two-week and one-week seminar programs. "Come aboard the USS Midway Museum in beautiful San Diego this summer and join in a unique professional development opportunity for teachers of History and Social Studies!"

The Cold War, Korea, and Vietnam ---- June 25–July 8, 2017
World War II in the Pacific: Clash of Nations and Perspectives ---- July 9- 15, 2017

To learn more, visit
July 10, 2017 - 8:00am EDT to July 12, 2017 - 3:00pm EDT
A workshop, "Teaching the Vietnam War through Documents, Photography, and Poetry" will be held July 10-12, 2017, at the National Archives, Washington, DC. The National Archives and the Academy of American Poets have partnered to
Call for Participants: Vocabulary and Professional Development Instructional Research Group (IRG) in Los Alamitos, California has announced a professional development (PD) opportunity for school districts as part of a federal research grant. For districts to participate, they must have at least two middle schools involved, and each school must have at least 10% of their students be currently classified as English Learners or former English Learners (identified as early as kindergarten). In addition, each school must