Library of Congress Seeks Teacher-in-Residence

The Library of Congress is seeking applications from current teachers of journalism or economics for a Teacher-in-Residence position within its Learning and Innovation Office during the 2020-21 school year. The program description and application details can be found here. Applications are due on Friday, March 27, 2020. The Learning and Innovation team develops and delivers teaching materials and programs to make the Library’s unparalleled collections of primary sources visible, accessible and easy for K-12 teachers to integrate into the classroom. The Teacher-in-Residence program is designed to give an educator a unique professional development experience – a year at the Library in Washington, D.C., working with staff, contributing to K-12 education programs and materials, advising on outreach to teachers, and helping to uncover and make visible primary sources in the Library’s collections. Read More ⟶

Find Summer Teacher Institutes at U.S. Courts

More than two dozen summer teacher institutes are offered by federal courts across the country. Federal judges, volunteer attorneys, legal scholars and court staff create realistic courtroom experiences and offer classroom-ready resources for high school and middle school teachers who seek to deepen their understanding of the third branch. Most of these tuition-free programs range from three to five days at courthouses in almost every federal court circuit. Those that are co-sponsored with a law school or university are eligible for education credits. Go here for more information. Read More ⟶

Apply for Presidential and Congressional Academies

The Center for Civic Education is implementing a multiyear grant from the U.S. Department of Education for Presidential Academies for teachers and Congressional Academies for high-need high school students. The Academies provide high-quality educational engagement in American history and civics. Fifty-one teachers and 102 students from throughout the country participate each year in the Academies Read More ⟶

Sign Up for National Constitution Center’s Classroom Exchanges

With lesson plans based on the scholarly works of the Interactive Constitution and classroom-tested materials on civil dialogue, the National Constitution Center’s Classroom Exchanges provide students the opportunity to use their voice and answer constitutional questions about topics that matter in their lives. These online, real-time conversations between your class and another class across the United States build student confidence in sharing their voice and provide students the skills to disagree without being disagreeable.
In addition to providing an opportunity for your students to discuss essential constitutional issues with their peers from across the country, exchanges meet Social Studies, English, and Speaking & Listening Standards through inquiry-based learning, all while promoting SEL skills through civil dialogue techniques. Sign up for an Exchange here or email with questions about the program.
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Nominations Open for National History Teacher of the Year Award

Nominate your favorite history teacher for the National History Teacher of the Year award, which recognizes exceptional K-12 American history teachers across the nation. The national winner will receive $10,000 and will be honored at a ceremony in New York City. Each state winner will receive $1,000 and an archive of classroom resources. Deadline is March 31, 2020. Go here to learn more. Read More ⟶

Apply for Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute

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 Read More ⟶

Gilder Lehrman Announces New Student Contest

The Gilder Lehrman Institute announces a new contest, 50 States, 1 Nation, for fourth and fifth graders for the 2019–2020 school year. (Students in grade 6 are also eligible to enter if they are currently enrolled in an elementary or K–8 school, and they are studying U.S. history.) The goal is to help expand students’ Read More ⟶

Enter the We the Students Essay Contest

For 2019-2020, the Bill of Rights Institute’s We the Students Essay prompt is “What does civil discourse mean to you?” Civil discourse is a concept that goes beyond a simple dictionary definition, and understanding it involves a combination of personal experience and ‘big ideas.’ Perhaps it is something you recognize from an occurrence in your Read More ⟶