We’re compiling a list of summer institutes and professional development offered by Civics Renewal Network partners. Check back often as more institutes will be added in the coming months.

ABA Division of Public Education

Designed especially for teachers of U.S. History, Government, Civics, and Law, the Federal Trials and Great Debates Summer Institute deepens participants’ knowledge of the federal judiciary and of the role the federal courts have played in key public controversies that have defined our constitutional and other legal rights. The application deadline is March 2, 2020. Learn more and apply here.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Apply to attend a professional development program that delivers deep content, classroom-ready resources, and strategies for connecting Washington and his 18th-century world to students’ lives today. All educators (K-12) are eligible. Full scholarships, including a transportation stipend, are available for all attendees. Limited spots are reserved for program alumni. Go here to learn more.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Applications are being accepted for its 2020 Teacher Seminars. For more information, go here.

  • Teacher Seminar Summit at Gettysburg College: Our inaugural Summit features 12 concurrent seminars for more than 400 teachers. Participants will also be able to attend book talks with historians and take part in networking opportunities.
  • 6-Day Seminars: Delve deeply into a topic with an eminent professor and a master teacher at leading universities and historic sites.
  • 3-Day Seminars: Rigorous professional development workshops in a format designed to help teachers receive high-quality professional development without traveling far from home.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, in partnership with the Heinz History Center of Pittsburgh and the National Museum of American Jewish History is offering a one-week summer institute from June 21 to 26, 2020. “Becoming U.S.: The Immigrant Experience through Primary Sources” focuses on the broad themes of immigration and its complexities throughout American history, placing lessons about the past within historical and contemporary contexts. The deadline is March 1, 2020. Learn more about the institute and apply here.

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. As funding permits, the Foundation plans to offer one fellowship per state per year. The deadline to submit the application is 5 p.m. CST on March 1, 2020. Go here to learn more.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is accepting applications for its weeklong summer institutes for K-12 educators. Held at the Library of Congress in D.C., this professional development opportunity provides educators of all disciplines with resources and strategies to effectively integrate primary sources into K-12 classroom teaching. Each session will focus on pedagogy, with an emphasis on supporting student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge. Attendees will explore some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available in Library. They will also conduct research to identify primary sources and develop an activity related to their classroom content. Two sessions have a general focus; one focuses on science, technology and engineering; and one on civics. Deadline is March 23. Go here to learn more.

National Endowment for the Humanities

NEH offers tuition-free opportunities for K-12 educators and higher education faculty to study a variety of humanities topics. Stipends of $1,200-$3,300 help cover expenses for these one- to four-week programs. Go here to learn more.

Street Law

This teacher professional development institute brings a select group of high school social studies teachers to Washington, D.C., for an immersive six days of educational activities related to teaching about the U.S. Supreme Court. The deadline is March 15, 2020. Go here to learn more.


Join your colleagues at a historical site to deepen your understanding of American history. Bring the past to life through documents and discussion-based lessons with subject matter experts at a multiday colloquium sponsored by TeachingAmericanHistory.org. The seminars, which count for in-service hours, are free. Learn more here.

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

Applications for the 2020 Monticello Teacher Institute are now open! Go here for all the details and to apply online. You could join us and a cohort of outstanding educators, July 11-17 or July 25-31! The deadline is March 1, 2020.

U.S. Courts

The federal courts offer more than two dozen summer institutes for teachers who want to deepen their understanding of the judiciary and ignite the interest of their students. Teachers will work with judges, volunteer attorneys, legal scholars and court staff. Go here to learn more.