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10 Fantastic Teacher Professional Development Opportunities in Washington DC

By March 16, 2016 January 31st, 2018 No Comments
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Delve deeper into your favorite topic during a teacher professional development program this summer in Washington DC. Many of your favorite Washington DC museums and sites offer fantastic teacher professional development institutes, workshops,  and fellowships.


1. Ford’s Theatre: The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows

  • Session Dates: One six-day session in June and one six-day session in July
  • Applications Due: Early April

Join us for a week next summer to explore the worlds of Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick Douglass and experience Washington City as it was in the Civil War.

2. Ford’s Theatre:  The Seat of War and Peace

  • Session Dates: One six-day session held in July
  • Applications Due: Early April

Join us for a week next summer to explore the Lincoln assassination, its aftermath, Reconstruction and Lincoln’s legacy.

3. Mount Vernon: Summer Residential Program at Mount Vernon

  • Applications Due: Late February
  • Session Dates: Six sessions are held throughout the summer

A 5-day immersive professional development designed to support K-12 educators teach about the life, leadership, and legacy of George Washington and the 18th century world in which he lived. Each program includes these signature elements:

  • In-depth content and primary source analysis.
  • Immersive 18th-century experiences with historical interpreters and subject matter experts.
  • Lively debate and engaged collaboration with visiting scholars, fellow participants, and Mount Vernon staff.
  • Classroom applicability including technology integration.
  • Connections between historical events and contemporary student experiences

4. Mount Vernon: The Life Guard Teacher Fellowships at Mount Vernon

  • Application Deadline: Late February
  • Session Dates: Fellowships awarded are for one to three weeks of consecutive or non-consecutive study between June and August the following year.

The Life Guard Teacher Fellowship Program began in 2013 to support the creation of classroom materials and teacher resources about the life, legacy, and leadership of George Washington. Fellows work closely with the staff at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington as they research and produce work to be distributed to a national audience.

5.  Smithsonian American Art Museum: Teaching the Humanities through Art

  • Application Deadline: Early April
  • Session Dates: Two five-day sessions are held in July. 

Be inspired this summer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in Washington, D.C.  Join teachers of grades 6-12 for an exploration of the connections among American art, social studies, and language arts.

6. The Library of Congress: Summer Teacher Institutes

  • Application Deadline: Late February
  • Session Dates: Five five-day sessions are held throughout the summer.

Immerse yourself in the practice of teaching with primary sources from the unparalleled collections of Library of Congress. Apply to attend a week-long professional development program for K-12 educators in the nation’s capital.

7. National Gallery of Art: Summer Teacher Institute

  • Application Deadline: Late March
  • Session Dates: Two six-day sessions are held in July

The Teacher Institute is a six-day seminar that helps K–12 teachers (of all subjects) strengthen their knowledge of art history and integrate visual art into classroom teaching. The program features lectures, gallery tours, teaching strategies, and hands-on learning experiences.

8. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Teacher Fellows Program

  • Application Deadline: Early February
  • Session Dates: One five-day session held in July

The Museum Teacher Fellowship Program seeks to train leaders in the field of Holocaust education. The fellows are a national corps of skilled educators who assist the Museum’s efforts to promote quality Holocaust education that is rooted in accurate history and responsible pedagogy.

9. National Archives: Summer Teacher Workshop

  • Application Deadline: Apply no later than six weeks before the workshop. Participation in each session is limited to 10 members. Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Session Dates: One five-day session held in July

Digitization of documents related to our case studies is our priority. You will identify between 3 and 5 items (documents, photos, maps, etc.) to scan and describe. We will add these to our online tool for teaching with documents—DocsTeach.org—while you are onsite. During the workshop, you’ll produce a DocsTeach learning activity using these digitized primary sources.

10. Folger Library:  Teaching Shakespeare Institute

  • Application Deadline: Early March
  • Session Dates: One five-week session in June/July

Participants will explore what several plays have meant in American history, what they meant at their moment of production, and what they mean to us now.

Participants will take advantage of resources found only at the Folger—the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and the ultimate resource for teaching and learning Shakespeare—in order to connect a new generation of students with Shakespeare’s language.


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