Minnesota Council 
for the Social Studies

Summer Institutes and Travel Opportunities

Fund for Teachers

Through a Fund for Teachers fellowship, former board member Scott Glew investigated the impact of war on people and societies in Europe. In summer 2015, he traveled to the cities of London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, and Prague, and the battlefields and cemeteries of Flanders and Normandy to explore the causes and consequences of the World Wars and the idea of democratic citizenship in relation to war.

Fund for Teachers awards grants to educators (up to $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for groups) to allow them to pursue self-designed learning experiences.  The application deadline has passed for 2019. Information about previous years' fellowship and the application process can be found on the Fund for Teachers website.

Goethe Institut Transatlantic Outreach Program

MCSS board members Scott Noet and former board member Rochelle Dyer have participated in the Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP), a summer study tour of Germany.

The TOP study tour of Germany was launched in 2002 to give American and Canadian educators the opportunity to experience modern Germany in person, traveling throughout the country for two weeks on a variety of tours. Travel, lodging and most dining expenses are covered, and participating teachers must create a lesson and deliver a workshop upon their return. 

Application deadline has passed for 2019. Visit the TOP website for more information.

Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute

Board member Jessica Ellison participated in the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute in the summer of 2014. The Teacher Institute is a tremendous opportunity to learn about colonial and revolutionary America, civics education, and teaching with primary sources.

The Teacher Institute, which just celebrated its 25th year, is available in specific sessions for elementary, middle, and high school teachers. Teachers stay in residence at Colonial Williamsburg, meet historical characters, visit other historic sites, receive resources, discuss teaching strategies, and learn from other teachers. 

Generous donors have made scholarships available for Minnesota teachers. Visit the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute website for information about the program and the scholarships. Application deadline has passed for 2019.

Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars

Board member Jessica Ellison and former board member Diane Munson have participated in Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars, sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. 

Diane traveled to George Washington's Mount Vernon in the summer of 2012 to attend a weeklong seminar on "The Era of George Washington." Led by Gordon Wood, renowned historian and winner of a Pulitzer Prize, this seminar investigated Washington's contributions to the creation of the American Republic. 

Each summer, Gilder Lehrman offers 25 programs for K-12 educators, completely subsidized. Institute locations and topics vary. 2016 seminars include "The Great Depression and WWII" at Stanford, "Colonial Encounters" at Yale, "The Age of Lincoln" at Oxford, and many more. 

Seminars are posted on the Gilder Lehrman website. Application deadline has passed for 2019. Please note that these seminars are highly competitive, and teachers may not attend seminars in back-to-back years.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Programs

Each summer, the National Endowment for the Humanities offers many summer programs for school and college teachers. The programs come with a travel stipend and vary in location, topic and length.

In summer 2012, board member Scott Noet participated in an NEH Institute to South Africa and Swaziland, where he studied geography, history, and the social institutions of the region. The field studies included Cape Town, Soweto, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Eddo Elephant Park, and Johannesburg.

NEH programs are one to five weeks in duration. Visit the NEH website for more information. Application deadline has passed for 2019.


Other Opportunities

Extensive list compiled by the CS4 (Council of State Social Studies Specialists)

Deadlines are listed in bold.

Honoring Resilience, The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights.

Teacher Tours on Agriculture, Minnesota Ag in the Classroom.

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education, Climate Generation.

Social Entrepreneurship Institute, The Blake School. April 30, 2019.

Investigate Archaeology and Rock Art and Investigate a Plains Tipi Workshop, Project Archaeology. June 1, 2019.

Seat of War and Peace, Ford's Theatre. Deadline passed.

Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows, Ford's Theatre, Tudor Place, President Lincoln's Cottage. Deadline passed.

Summer Institute of Civic Studies, Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Education. Deadline passed.

Supreme Court Summer Institute, StreetLaw. Deadline passed.

Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. Deadline passed.

George Washington Teacher Institute, Mount Vernon. Deadline passed.

Teacher Fellowship, U.S. Holocaust Museum. Deadline passed.

Teaching the Humanities Through Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Deadline passed.

James Madison Fellowship, Madison Foundation.     

Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota. 

Gender and Genocide, University of Minnesota. 

Summer Professional Development,
National Archives. 

Educator Institute, Minnesota Humanities Center. 

Program for Teaching East Asia, University of Colorado at Boulder.

Entrepreneurship and Design-Thinking for Teachers, Minnesota Council on Economic Education.

Teach the Teachers Workshop, American Institute of Economic Research. 

Teacher Professional Development, NCSS. 

Learning Tours. Global Exploration for Educators Organization. 

Paideia Seminar, Augsburg College. Improving Teacher Quality Program grant available. 

Summer Institutes, Library of Congress. 

Teachers for Global Classrooms, U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. 

Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute, Foreign Policy Association. 

Have suggestions of great teacher PD? E-mail Jessica Ellison.

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