Summer Teacher Institute

Professional Development
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World War II was the defining event of the 20th century, and understanding its history is essential to understanding the world we live in today. The Summer Teacher Institute is an immersive 16-month professional development experience for middle and high school teachers focusing on the history and lessons of this transformative era. The program includes both an intensive weeklong seminar at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans and a weeklong excursion to a WWII-related destination. Each year’s institute focuses on a different aspect of the war, employing a rich array of curriculum tools and primary sources to help bring the war to life in the classroom. Participants who complete the program are eligible for up to six hours of graduate credit and will become part of the Museum’s nationwide network of master teachers dedicated to improving the quality of instruction on World War II.

The Home Front

The 2018 Summer Teacher Institute focuses on the US Home Front—the engine of production, innovation, and volunteerism that made Allied victories possible on battlefields all across the globe. Rob Citino, PhD, the Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian at The National WWII Museum and author of numerous books on the war, will head the team of expert historians, curators, and educators who will conduct the program.

July 22-28, 2018

Phase I: New Orleans

Participants will gather in New Orleans for a weeklong seminar led by Dr. Citino, guest scholars, and other key Museum staff. Morning sessions will focus on historical content and strategies for introducing students to the complex role of the Home Front in carrying out the war. Each participant will receive the Museum’s newest curriculum resources on this topic, including access to useful videos, oral histories, and other digital media. Participants will also examine WWII artifacts and archival documents from the Museum’s vault, meet WWII veterans, and explore the Museum’s growing collection of innovative exhibits.

2018-19 School Year

Phase II: Workshops

During the 2018-19 school year, participants will design and lead their own professional development workshops using the curriculum resources explored during Phase I. The Museum will provide free copies of its published curriculum guides, as well as assistance with planning and advertising the workshops.

July 21-27, 2019

Phase III: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

In July 2019, participants will reconvene in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and spend a week touring historic WWII sites on the island of Oahu. The itinerary will include a blend of military installations involved in the Pearl Harbor attack and sites relating to key Home Front themes from Phase I.

Program Details


The Summer Teacher Institute is open to any middle or high school teacher at an accredited public, charter, private, or parochial school who has at least three years of classroom teaching experience as of July 2018 and who will be teaching during the 2018-2019 school year.  Teachers of subjects other than social studies may apply, but should explain in their application how they plan to incorporate WWII 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 30 teachers.

Participants must be willing and able to travel by air, and must hold a current US passport valid through August 2019. Some of the historic sites included on our Hawaii itinerary are located on military bases with strict identification requirements.


There is no cost. Participants will receive free lodging, a travel stipend, seminar materials, and most meals free of charge. The graduate credits are also free for those participants who choose to receive them.


December 1, 2017

Application period opens

February 1, 2018

Application period closes

February 16, 2018

Cohort participants selected and notified

February 23, 2018

Deadline for accepting and submitting required forms

April 2, 2018

Pre-seminar readings and online discussions begin

July 22-28, 2018

Phase I – New Orleans, Louisiana

July 21-27, 2019

Phase III – Pearl Harbor, Hawaii



The application window will open Friday, December 1, 2017. Applications must be received by the close of business (5:00pm CST) on Thursday, February 1, 2018.

Applications for this program are now closed.


Questions about the Summer Teacher Institute? Contact Teacher Programs & Curriculum Specialist Joshua Goodman, PhD, at or 504-528-1944, ext. 264.

Generous support for the 2018-19 Summer Teacher Institute has been provided by The A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation.


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