The Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institutes
Immerse yourself in the practice of teaching with primary sources from the unparalleled collections of Library of Congress this summer. Apply to attend a week-long professional development program for K-12 educators in the nation's capital.
In 2017, the Library will offer five Institute weeks:
- Open Sessions (any subject area): June 19-June 23, June 26-June 30, and July 10-July 14
- Science, Technology, and Engineering Focus: July 17-July 21
- World War I Focus: July 31-August 4
Application Deadline: March 17, 2017
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 for participants to facilitate 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: [email protected].
Please review the following information and resources before applying:
- Read the complete 2017 Summer Teacher Institute Syllabus (PDF, 141 KB)
- Review the complete Before You Apply: Application and Participation Guidelines with FAQs
- See testimonials from previous participants
Ready to apply? Deadline: March 17, 2017
Applicants may only apply to one Institute. Choose from one of the five sessions listed below.
Be sure you have read the Before You Apply page before starting an application, as it requires not only basic information, but also short responses to two questions and a letter of support from a school administrator or supervisor.
Summer Teacher Institute open sessions (any subject area):
June 19-June 23, June 26-June 30, and July 10-July 14
K-12 educators in any subject area are welcome to apply to these sessions. Activities using primary sources will model strategies to build skills in observing, reflecting, questioning, determining point of view and more. Using the Library's primary sources, participants will draft an activity related to their classroom content.
Summer Teacher Institute: Science, Technology, and Engineering Focus:
July 17-July 21
K-12 teachers 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. Using the Library's primary sources, participants will draft an activity related to their classroom content.
Summer Teacher Institute: WWI Focus:
July 31-August 4
K-12 educators in any subject area are welcome to apply to this session. As in the open sessions, this session will focus on pedagogy. Activities using primary sources will model strategies to build skills in observing, reflecting, questioning, determining point of view and more. However, all primary sources used in this session will feature World War I resources from the Library’s collections. Using the Library's primary sources, participants will draft an activity related to their classroom content.
Outside of the box
The Summer Institute was meaningful, relevant, and rigorous professional development that pushed me to think not just outside of the box, but like there is no box.
Joquetta Johnson, Library Media Specialist, Pikesville High School, Baltimore, MD
Network of peers
What I didn't expect from the Summer Institute but also got was a network of peers who share my same passions and curiosities. I'm so thankful for the opportunities for collaboration that were provided.
Melanie Salter, Social Studies Teacher, Pilgrim School, Los Angeles, CA