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With Donald L. Miller, PhD
July 16-22, 2017 in New Orleans, LA
July 15-21, 2018 in Normandy, France

Announcing The Second Annual 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.

In July 2017, The National WWII Museum will convene its second annual Summer Teacher Institute, led by renowned WWII scholar and New York Times bestselling author Donald L. Miller, PhD. Thirty teachers from around the nation will be selected to participate in an intensive week-long seminar utilizing the vast resources of the Museum, including the expertise of educators, curators, and historians, to explore strategies for teaching the history of World War II. During the 2017-2018 school year, participants will partner with Museum educators to develop and present their own professional development workshops. In July 2018, the cohort will reconvene in Normandy, France to explore firsthand the site of the 1944 D-Day landings, the largest amphibious invasion in history. Prior to both summer sessions, participants will interact with Dr. Miller, Museum educators, and one another through preparatory readings and online discussions.

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 approximately 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 teacher at an accredited public, charter, private, or parochial school who has at least two years experience as of July 2017 and who will be teaching during the 2017-2018 school year. Teachers of subjects other than social studies may apply, but should explain in their application how they plan to incorporate World War II themes into their curriculum. Media specialists, librarians, curriculum coordinators, and academic coaches are also 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, two short written statements, and two letters of recommendation. The Museum seeks to recruit a diverse cohort of teachers.

Participants must be willing and able to travel abroad, and must hold a current U.S. passport valid through August 2018.

COST: There is no cost. Teachers will receive room and board in New Orleans and Normandy, a travel stipend, and all seminar readings free of charge. Graduate credits are also free for those who choose to receive them.




The initial phase of the Institute in New Orleans will focus on providing teachers with the content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and curricular resources needed to effectively teach the European Theater of World War II to students and other teachers. Donald L. Miller, PhD will lead seminar-style sessions each day focusing on content knowledge of the war, followed up by interactive pedagogy sessions led by Museum educators. Additional activities will include guided tours of the Museum’s exhibits, hands-on exploration of World War II-era artifacts, and interaction with WWII veterans.


2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

During the 2017-2018 school year, participants will design and lead their own professional development workshops using curriculum and digital resources from The National WWII Museum. Teachers will have the support of Museum staff and one another in developing these presentations. The Museum will provide free copies of its curriculum materials to all teachers participating in the workshops. Teachers must train at least 30 other teachers in their community in order to be eligible to complete the program in Normandy.


In July 2018, the cohort will reconvene in Normandy, France. Dr. Miller and Museum staff will lead the group in a firsthand exploration of the site of the 1944 D-Day invasion, the largest amphibious invasion in history. In addition to touring the region, participants will explore strategies for helping students think critically about historical memory and memorials. Upon completion of this trip, teachers who have chosen to earn graduate credits will receive 6 credits for their participation in this program.


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FEBRUARY 1, 2017:
FEBRUARY 15, 2017:
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JULY 16-22, 2017:
JULY 15-21, 2018:

Application period opens
Application period closes
Participants selected and notified
Deadline for submitting matriculation documents
Pre-Institute readings and online discussions begin
2017 Institute in New Orleans
2018 Institute in Normandy, France



Applications are now closed. Accepted applicants will be notified on or before February 15, 2017. To be notified about other opportunities for teachers, sign up for our Calling All Teachers Newsletter.

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Successful applicants will be notified on or before February 15, 2017. Teachers will travel to New Orleans on Sunday, July 16, 2017 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 21, 2017, and teachers can depart that night or the following day. Contact Teacher Programs and Curriculum Coordinator Joshua Goodman at joshua.goodman@nationalww2museum.org with any further questions.


Generous support provided by the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation – New Orleans, Louisiana.