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This FAQ will be updated periodically, as appropriate.


When is the Summer Teacher Institutes application due?
Applications are due on March 10, 2019, at midnight PT.


How do I know you received my application?
You should receive an automated confirmation by email. If you do not, check your spam folder; if you are still not sure, please email [email protected].


When will applicants be notified about their status?
Applicants to this year's Institutes will be notified about their status in mid-April, 2019.


How much does it cost to participate in the Teacher Institutes?
Tuition and materials are provided at no cost to participants. Pending final budget approvals, we expect to provide breakfast and lunch as well.

Is there a stipend to cover transportation and housing?
The Library does not provide applicants with stipends. Participants will be responsible for transportation, housing, and any other travel expenses.


Do you offer funding assistance for the summer programs?
The Library is not able to provide funding assistance at this time. However in previous years, many teachers have found creative ways to secure funding from local resources, including service organizations, school district professional development funds, and local businesses.


Are participants provided with housing or information about housing?
Participants will be responsible for any required overnight accommodations. Once the selections for each session are finalized, we will send participants information that includes area hotels and information on any special pricing we may have been able to arrange. We can also share participants’ contact information for those interested in sharing costs. In the past, participants have stayed with friends, family, or sought lower cost options through sources such as craigslist or Airbnb.

Do you have any financial aid contacts to which I can apply to obtain funding for travel and lodging?
The Library does not compile or disseminate this kind of information, however in previous years, many teachers have found creative ways to secure funding from local resources, including service organizations, school district professional development funds, and local businesses.


What subjects and grade levels is the program appropriate for?
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].

If I previously participated in a Library of Congress Summer Institute, am I able to apply to a special focus week?
No. There is significant overlap in the syllabi of the programs.

I am not a K-12 teacher or school librarian. Am I eligible?
The Library’s summer PD focuses specifically on strategies for the effective integration of primary sources in the K-12 classroom. Though the vast majority of participants are K-12 teachers and school librarians, we have had some successful participants in other positions, for example those who instruct pre-service teachers.

I can attend any of the weeks. Can I apply to more than one to increase my chances?
Applicants may only apply to and be considered for one of the five program weeks.

Waiting List

Could I be placed on a waiting list and attend on a space-available basis?
If a waiting list is needed, it will be established after accepted applicants are notified in mid-April, 2019.


What is the daily schedule?
We begin each day, Monday through Friday, promptly at 9:00 am. Monday through Thursday we will end at 5:00 pm Friday we will end at 4:00 pm.

Other Professional Development Opportunities

How do I find out about upcoming Library of Congress Professional Development opportunities?
To find out about upcoming professional development events, please sign up for News for Teachers and the Library of Congress Teaching Blog. You will be notified about teaching resources and opportunities from the Library of Congress. Our Twitter feed @TeachingLC is another way to stay informed.

We also support a consortium of partners who deliver professional development around the country. Learn more at the Teaching with Primary Sources Partners site.

Other Questions

If your question isn’t answered, please review the Before You Apply section of the application. If you still have a question, please direct inquiries to [email protected]; allow three business days for a response. We will update this FAQ periodically, as appropriate.

Ready to apply? Go to the Institute home page.