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2014 Application is now closed


The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institutes and Seminars are free and open to K-12 educators across all content areas, including teachers, librarians and media specialists, instructional technology specialists, and administrators in public, charter, independent or religiously affiliated schools, as well as home schooling parents.

Application and Participation Details

  • Applicants may only apply to one program. Selected applicants may only attend one program.
  • Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from an administrator or supervisor.
  • Pairs/teams are welcome to apply but must submit separate applications.
  • Participants will be required to bring a wireless enabled laptop or tablet in order to complete work at the Library.
  • Participants must be comfortable using the Internet for research and with integrating digitized resources into classroom activities.
  • The number of participants for each session is limited to 25.
  • Tuition and materials are provided at no cost to participants. Breakfast and lunch are also provided.
  • Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and any required overnight accommodations.
  • The program is 55 hours in length (40 hours on site at the Library; 2 hours of online module prerequisites; and 13 hours in follow up work which includes refinement and implementation of primary-source based activity developed during the program).
  • Summer program participants have an option of completing additional requirements to earn three graduate credits in history from George Mason University

About the Application

In addition to basic information, the application requires short responses to two questions as well as a letter of support from a school administrator or supervisor. You cannot save your application and return to it later. Please be prepared to answer the questions and submit the letter when you are ready to apply.

The two questions, each to be addressed in 500 characters or less, are:

  • In what way(s) do you think participation in the Library of Congress summer program will enhance/influence/benefit your teaching practice?
  • How do you plan to share what you learn at the Library of Congress summer program with other educators?

Letters of support should describe the candidate's overall qualifications for this program, educational leadership, use of technology for teaching and learning, and any additional qualifications for participation in the 2014 Library of Congress summer program.

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