Here is a list of the summer teacher institutes offered by Civics Renewal Network organizations. Check back often as more summer programs are added.

American Bar Association

The American Bar Association’s Division of Public Education, in partnership with the Federal Judicial Center, announces its 2019 Federal Trials and Great Debates Summer Institute for Teachers in Washington, D.C., from June 23-29. The 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.

Participants will spend time with legal historians and judges exploring:

  • U.S. v. Susan B. Anthony: The Fight for Women’s Suffrage
  • Chew Heong v. U.S.: Chinese Exclusion and the Federal Courts
  • U.S. v. Cassius Clay: Muhammad Ali’s Fight Against the Vietnam Draft

Applications are due by March 1, 2019.

View the agenda and learn how to apply here.

Center for Civic Education

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.

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Registration for the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s 2019 Teacher Seminars is now open. Held at colleges and historic sites across the United States and abroad, these weeklong seminars offer K-12 teachers daily programs with America’s leading historians, visits to local historic sites, and hands-on work with primary sources.

Teacher Seminars are open exclusively to teachers in the Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School Program. Not enrolled in the Affiliate School Program (it’s free!) or not sure if you are? Click here.

View a full list of 2019 Teacher Seminars here.

Library of Congress

Apply to participate in a Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute or 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’s rich collections and work with experts from around the institution

These professional development opportunities are free but participants must pay for travel to Washington, D.C., and for lodging and food while attending the workshop or institute. Go here to learn more.

National Constitution Center

Are you interested in spending a week at the National Constitution Center with leading scholars from across the philosophical spectrum and other teachers from around the country? The National Constitution Center will host four Summer Teacher Institutes in July 2019. Topics are Separation of Powers, the First Amendment, and the First Amendment in 21st Century America. Go here for an application and to learn more.

National Endowment for the Humanities

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

Street Law

Since 1995, over 1,300 social studies educators from across the country have come together in Washington, DC, for the Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers, a six-day teacher professional development program focused on improving teaching about the U.S. Supreme Court. The Institute is co-sponsored by Street Law and the Supreme Court Historical Society.
The Institute includes sessions led by Supreme Court experts, journalists, authors, and attorneys, who give social studies educators an in-depth understanding of how the Court chooses and decides cases and what it is like to argue before the Court. The Institute covers six recent cases. This exciting opportunity culminates with a visit to the Supreme Court building to hear decisions handed down and attend a private reception.

The application deadline is March 11, 2019. For more information, go here.

The schedule of spring and summer programs scheduled in 18 states has been released. 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 view the calendar and register.