Summer 2011 Opportunities

If you’re a history teacher looking for outstanding professional development opportunities this summer, you’ve got wonderful ones to choose from.  Costs are minimal and the offerings are incredible – but you have to start planning now.

Here are a few to think about:

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History – 0ne of our TAH partners – has 39 week-long seminars to choose from.  Applications need to be submitted by February 1. Extended:  The new deadline is February 15.

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers two programs for school teachers:  one-week Landmarks of American History & Culture programs and 2-6 week Summer Seminars and Institutes.  Applications for either are due March 1.

I’m drafting a proposal for a summer 2012 Landmarks project focused on early contact and trade in the Pacific NW.  We’re planning on exploring Fort Vancouver, Lewis and Clark National Historic Park & Astoria, Cathlapotl, Oregon City and Champoeg.  What do you think would make the project work?  Where do you think teachers should visit?  What questions should they consider?  Who should they hear from/study with?

Peter Seixas and Jill Colyer will lead The Benchmarks of Historical Thinking Summer Institute July 4-9 in Vancouver, BC.

The National Archives usually offers Primarily Teaching: A Summer Workshop for Educators on Using Historical Documents in the Classroom. At this point, though, it looks like they’ve still got last year’s offerings posted.

Registration for StreetLaw’s 2011 Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers in Washington DC closes March 4.  They have two sessions, June 16-21 and 23-28.

The American Bar Association’s Federal Trials and Great Debates in US History Summer Institute for Teachers runs June 19-24 in Washington DC.  Applications are due March 1.

The George Washington Summer Residential Teachers’ Institute in Mt Vernon is available to teachers in many states – but Washington is not one of them.  Week-long sessions are offered throughout the summer and are scheduled by grade band.

If you’re a Washington teacher who is looking for support in paying for any of these offerings, you can apply for a Colonial Dames of America grant (due March 4.)

Will you apply for any of these?
Have you attended any of these in the past and have feedback to share with others?
Are there offerings that I’ve left off my list that you want to make others aware of?

UPDATE:  Another opportunity is Congress in the Classroom, held July 25-28 in Peoria.  Applications are due April 15.


7 responses to “Summer 2011 Opportunities

  1. Matt – Glad to see you’re going to propose the 2012 Landmark project. Have you considered any of the “quirky” history of PDX? That might be fun for one day?

  2. Thanks for leaving a comment, Tony. We’re still in the early stages of planning the program, but I’m thinking that the themes will be something like “Northwest Diversity on the Eve of Nationhood” and we’ll visit Cathlapotl, Astoria (Station Camp, Fort Clatsop, the Column), Fort Vancouver, Oregon City and Champoeg. I’m not sure what you’re thinking about re “quirky” Portland, but I’m not sure that they’d fit the theme. Keep pitching, though: Your ideas are always appreciated!

  3. Here is another one from NCSS:
    Teaching With Documents and Works of Art: An Integrated Approach
    Wednesday, July 27, 2011 to Friday, July 29, 2011
    National Archives and Smithsonian American Art Museum , Washington, DC

  4. Hi Matt,

    You may want to see if Stephen Dow Beckham at Lewis and Clark is available. He has extensive knowledge of Oregon Natives and helped the Cow Creek Umpqua Indians regain their federal recognition.

  5. I’m wondering about visiting somewhere on the lower Columbia like Skamakawa. The focus being on transportation and commerce with reference to the river systems. How did the climate and landscape effect transportation and commerce in the Lower Columbia Region?

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