TeachingAmericanHistory.org Releases Spring and Summer Programs

We have a full calendar of spring and summer programs scheduled in 18 states! Our programs are offered at no cost to you and we hope you will be able to join us for one (or more) of our one-day seminars. These seminars provide you the opportunity to join fellow American history, social studies, and government teachers and explore themes in American history and government through the study of original historical documents. Go here to explore the program calendar and to register for programs in your area.

Applications Open for Library of Congress Summer Institutes

Apply to participate in a week-long Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute or two-and-a-half day Library Media Specialist Multi-Day Workshop if you want:

  • To learn effective strategies to incorporate primary sources into your teaching
  • To develop an activity plan using primary sources from the Library of Congress
  • An opportunity to interact with teachers from around the country and exchange ideas
  • To explore the Library‚Äôs rich collections and work with experts from around the institution

Apply for Free Summer Institute for Teachers and Students

Are you a teacher of high-need students interested in receiving free, high-quality professional development in history and civics this summer? Apply for the Center for Civic Education’s two-week American History & Civics Academies. This opportunity is also open to highly motivated students who will be seniors in 2019-2020. We strongly encourage teams of one teacher and two students to apply conjointly from the same school or school district. Space is limited, and the deadline to apply is March 1, 2019. Go here to learn more and apply.

Introducing Learn.civiced.org

The Center for Civic Education is excited to announce Learn.civiced.org, a website for anyone interested in learning more about American constitutional government. The site offers a free, self-paced online course, discussion forums for educators, and highly recommended links to teaching and learning resources.

Become a Member of the Civics Renewal Network

The Civics Renewal Network is now accepting applications from organizations interested in becoming a contributing member of the network. For more information or to apply, contact info@civicsrenewalnetwork.org by December 31.

Organizations must meet the following criteria:

A. Have a national scope

B. Focus on civic- and law-related education

C. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, or a government entity

C. Provide primarily free classroom resources

D. Resources must be available online

E. Resources and programs must be in the K-12 range

New Core Documents Collection on Reconstruction Released

TeachingAmericanHistory.org has released another volume in its Core Documents Collection available for download. This collection focuses on Reconstruction and contains:

  • Key documents on the period, theme, or institution, selected by an expert and reviewed by an editorial board.
  • An introduction highlighting key documents and themes.
  • A thematic table of contents, showing the connections between various documents.
  • Study questions for each document, as well as questions that refer to other documents in the collection.
  • Notes on each document to identify people, events, movements, or ideas to improve understanding of the document’s historical context.
  • Download the documents here.

Resources for Teaching Media Literacy

Here is a curated collection of the classroom resources on media literacy that can be found at CivicsRenewalNetwork.org. Check back as more resources are added to the list.