Depending on public-health guidelines related to COVID-19, plans for a residential offering are subject to change.

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes provide K-12 teachers an opportunity to enrich and revitalize their teaching through the study of humanities topics that bear upon K-12 education. NEH-funded institutes are professional development programs that convene K-12 educators or higher education faculty from across the nation in order to deepen and enrich their understanding of a variety of topics in the humanities and enrich their capacity for effective scholarship and teaching. Project leaders and participants mutually explore connections between scholarship and teaching, and some time is provided for work on individual or collaborative projects. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the program, and support with applying for continuing education credits, but the programs are not intended to duplicate graduate-level courses. This summer institute is designed to support K-3 teachers. Please review the eligibility requirements before beginning your application. A complete application consists of the following two items and should be uploaded here by 11:59pm EST on March 1, 2022.

  1. Résumé Please include a résumé or curriculum vitae (not to exceed three pages).
  2. Application Essay Please address the following in no longer than 1000 words (less than four double-spaced pages):
    • your teaching and learning interests as they relate to the topic of the Institute;
    • special perspectives, skills, or experiences that you could contribute to the learning community, including proficiencies in languages other than English and/or experiences teaching about race, culture and identity
    • what you want to accomplish by participating and how it will impact your teaching and service

These projects are designed principally for full-time or part-time teachers and librarians in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, as well as homeschooling parents. Museum educators and other K-12 school system personnel—such as administrators, substitute teachers, and curriculum developers—are also eligible to participate.  Full and part-time world language teachers, immersion school teachers, ELL teachers are also encouraged to apply. At least five institute spaces are reserved for teachers who are new to the profession (those who have been teaching for five years or less). First consideration is given to those who have not previously attended an NEH Seminar or Institute. When choices must be made between equally qualified candidates, preference is given to those who would enhance the diversity of the program.

The Institute will have twenty-nine participants. Every applicant will be notified whether they have been selected on Friday, March 25, 2022. Successful applicants must accept or decline their offer no later than Friday, April 8. Once a participant has accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (Seminar, Institute, or Landmarks Workshop), they may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer. Project applicants who accept an offer to participate are expected to remain during the entire period of the program and to participate in its work on a full-time basis. If a participant is obliged through special circumstances to depart before the end of the program, a prorated share of the stipend will be received. 

Note: This workshop is supported with federal funds by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Per 2 CFR Parts 180 and 3369, NEH requires all participants to not be presently debarred or suspended from receiving federal funds. By submitting this application, the applicant certifies that it is not presently debarred, suspended, declared ineligible, or voluntarily excluded by any federal department or agency.

Participants are selected by a committee, consisting of the project co-directors Dr. Krista Aronson and Dr. Margaret Boyle and our K-12 classroom specialist Yaritza Moreno. The committee will evaluate all complete applications to select a group of participants and to identify alternates.


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Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or age.  For further information, write to the Equal Opportunity Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities, 400 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024.  TDD:  202/606‑8282 (this is a special telephone device for the Deaf).