Summer Teacher Institute: Science, Technology, and Engineering Focus
Immerse yourself in the practice of teaching with primary sources from the unparalleled collections of Library of Congress this summer. Apply to attend a free week-long professional development program for K-12 educators in the nation's capital.
Each Institute week, Library of Congress education specialists facilitate sessions modeling strategies for using primary sources to engage students, build critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge. Participants reflect on and discuss how the strategies apply to their students, subject areas, and classrooms or school libraries.
During the week, participants draw from among the millions of digitized primary sources in the Library's collections to design and refine a primary source activity to use with their students. While the emphasis is on learning and applying teaching strategies, participants also have opportunities to meet experts from the Library and possibly to research in the Library's reading rooms to gather information and resources to use in developing their activities.
In the school year following the Institute, educators are expected to implement a primary source based activity and share outcomes with Institute staff and their session cohort. Library staff will provide resources to support participants in sharing what they have learned with colleagues in their professional networks. Finally, participants also have an option of completing additional work to pursue graduate credit in history from George Mason University.
The Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute is appropriate for K-12 educators across many disciplines, including: Social Studies/History, English Language Arts, Science, Art, Music; and for any other educator who feels primary sources could be used with their curriculum. Librarians and Curriculum/Professional Development specialists are also encouraged to apply. If you have a question as to whether the Summer Teacher Institute would be appropriate for you, please send us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Teacher Institute: Science, Technology, and Engineering Focus: July 6-10, 2020
K-12 educators who teach about science, technology, or engineering are welcome to apply to this special focus week. Activities draw on science, technology, and engineering related treasures of the Library, with an emphasis on such topics as: the nature of science; scientific and engineering practices; interdependence of science, technology and engineering; the historical context of discovery and invention, and more.