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Call for Applications: Journalism or Economics Teacher-in-Residence Position

The Learning and Innovation Office of the Library of Congress is seeking applications from current K-12 journalism or economics teachers for one Teacher-in-Residence position during the 2020-21 school year.

The Learning and Innovation team develops and delivers programs to make the Library's unparalleled collections of primary sources visible, accessible, and easy for K-12 teachers to integrate into classroom instruction. Previous Teachers-in-Residence have led professional development workshops, conducted original research, developed teaching materials, written for publication, and led and supported projects to reach a diverse audience of educators nationwide. This is the first time the Library has specifically recruited a journalism or economics teacher for this opportunity.

Qualifications of successful candidates include:

  • knowledge about the Library's digitized primary sources with experience using them in economics or journalism instruction
  • leadership experience, especially in designing and delivering professional development
  • an innovative, flexible and collaborative work style, able to work on a team in an office environment
  • excellent oral and written communication skills
  • the ability to live and work in the Washington, DC, metro area for the duration of the school year

The selected teacher will participate in this program via an intergovernmental personnel agreement between the Library and his or her home school district. The Library will reimburse the district for salary and benefits paid to the teacher during the school year, and will release the Teacher-in-Residence for all district holidays and vacations. The term of the appointment will match the dates of the teacher's home school district's school year.

The selected teacher will receive a monthly housing stipend if he or she teaches outside of the Washington DC metropolitan area. The Library cannot pay for moving expenses.

To be considered, teachers should complete the application with an accompanying letter from a school or district administrator authorized to approve an intergovernmental personnel agreement.

Applications will be evaluated based on the teacher's creativity and willingness to contribute to the educational community as evidenced by his or her description of past activities and recommendation letters, and the feasibility and value of the project that the applicant proposes.

Finalists will be contacted for a phone interview prior to the selection decision.

Submitting an Application

Security measures cause a delay in the delivery of regular mail. Applications should be sent to the Library by email to: [email protected], or by Federal Express, to: Uhuru Flemming, Learning and Innovation Office, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave., S.E. Washington, DC 20540-1300.

Application Check List

  • Completed application form
  • Current resume or curriculum vita
  • Project plan
  • Recommendation/support letters from one or two collaborating teachers and an administrator who will supervise the project proposed by the teacher
  • Letter from an individual authorized to approve intergovernmental personnel agreements

Deadline: Applications Due Friday, March 27, 2020

Current Teachers-in-Residence

Jennifer Reidel

Library of Congress Teacher-in-Residence 2019-2020

Jennifer Reidel joins the Library from Bellingham, Washington, where she teaches at Options High School, a public alternative school. She has more than 20 years of high school classroom teaching experience—she has taught U.S. Government; AP US Politics and Government; World Geography; World History; U.S. History; English; and Civics, Law, and Society. 

Learn more about Jennifer Reidel

Amara Alexander

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the Library of Congress 2019-2020

Amara currently manages the STEM Lab at Woodmore Elementary School in Chattanooga, TN. Before moving to TN, she was the sixth-grade science teacher at Horizon Elementary School in Madison, Alabama. While there, she was awarded a Milken Educator Award.

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program is managed by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science's Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists in collaboration with the sponsoring agencies and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.

Learn more about Amara Alexander

Previous Teachers-in-Residence

Meet some of the past Library of Congress teachers-in-residence: