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With Author Richard B. Frank
July 10-15, 2016 in New Orleans, LA
July 9-14, 2017 in Pearl Harbor, HI*

Announcing The National WWII Museum Summer Teacher Institute!

WWII was the central global event of the twentieth century and its legacies—for good and bad—continue to affect our world today. The lessons of patriotism, teamwork, sacrifice, optimism, and leadership found in its history are essential subjects for training our students to become active, educated citizens. To ensure that teachers like you across the country have the content knowledge, the pedagogical techniques, and the creative and engaging curriculum materials you need to teach World War II history, The National WWII Museum is launching its multi-year WWII Summer Teacher Institute.

The National WWII Museum is excited to announce this immersive sixteen-month professional development opportunity for high school history and social studies teachers beginning in the summer of 2016. A cohort of thirty teachers from across the country will spend a week at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans in July 2016 and a week at Pearl Harbor* in July 2017. Prior to the Institute each summer, selected teachers will participate in preparatory readings and online discussions with Museum staff, World War II expert and author of the acclaimed books Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire and Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Campaign Richard B. Frank, and each other. During the 2016-2017 school year, teachers will work with Museum educators to redeliver a professional development workshop on the history of WWII in their hometown.

The Museum is an important WWII educational resource for teachers and students across the United States. By creating cohorts of WWII expert teachers who in turn train more teachers, the Institute will ultimately reach 4,000 teachers and 400,000 students nationwide over the next five years. Don’t miss your chance to apply for this exciting and important professional development opportunity. Participants will receive six hours of graduate credit from an accredited university upon successful completion of the sixteen-month program.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: The Summer Teacher Institute is open to any high school social studies or history teacher at an accredited public, charter, private, or parochial school who has at least two years experience as of July 2016 and who will be teaching during the 2016-2017 school year. Media specialists, librarians, curriculum coordinators, and academic coaches are eligible provided they spend at least half of their time providing direct instruction to students. Applications will be evaluated through a competitive process that will include information on teaching experience, three short written statements, and two letters of recommendation. All participants must be able to travel internationally. The Museum seeks to recruit a diverse cohort of teachers.

COST: There is no cost. Teachers will receive free room and board in New Orleans, a travel stipend, and all seminar materials free of charge.




Focusing on the War in the Pacific, the 2016 Summer Teacher Institute will provide teachers with the content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and curricular resources needed to successfully teach World War II to students and other teachers. Participants will learn WWII history with author and expert Richard B. Frank and through Museum-created curricular materials, the hands-on discovery of artifacts and digital resources, explorations of the Museum’s immersive exhibits, and interactions with WWII veterans. Curricular materials are aligned with the National Standards for History and Common Core State Standards and incorporate a broad array of primary sources.


2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR

Cohort participants will interact with the Museum during the school year as they prepare to lead their own professional development session for teachers in their community. The Museum’s K-12 Curriculum Coordinator will advise teachers on their workshop preparations and will track their implementation. Cohort participants will also receive complimentary Museum memberships and have the opportunity to come to the Museum’s International Conference on WWII with subsidized travel costs and discounted admission.


During their second summer in the Institute, teachers will spend a week deepening their knowledge of America’s role in World War II at Pearl Harbor, Hawai’i*. The week will blend classroom time with museum educators as well as WWII expert Richard B. Frank with exceptional opportunities for on-site exploration. Teachers will visit sites such as the USS Arizona Memorial, the deck of the USS Missouri, and other historic landmarks that offer direct access to the impact of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the stories of the soldiers, sailors, and civilians who rose to meet the challenge of the day.
*Location is subject to change; alternatives include sites such as Normandy, France and Warsaw, Poland.


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JULY 10-15, 2016:
JULY 9-14, 2017:

Application period opens
Application period closes
Participants selected and notified
Deadline for submitting matriculation documents
Pre-Institute readings and online discussions begin
2016 Institute in New Orleans
2017 Institute in Pearl Harbor



Applications are now closed. Accepted applicants will be notified by February 22, 2016. Sign up for Calling All Teachers, our monthly newsletter, to be notified of future opportunities.

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Successful applicants will be notified on or before February 22, 2016. Teachers will travel to New Orleans on Sunday, July 10, 2016 in time for an orientation evening at the Museum. They will stay at a nearby hotel (two teachers to a room), where breakfast will be provided. Lunch will also be provided, as will some dinners. A stipend will be provided to pay for transportation to New Orleans. The seminar will end on Friday, July 15, 2016, and teachers can depart that night. Contact K-12 Curriculum Coordinator Dr. Walter Stern at walter.stern@nationalww2museum.org with any further questions.


Generous support provided by the Brown Foundation, Houston, TX.