Beginning summer 2020, The National WWII Museum is launching new immersive teacher professional development programming, Summer Teacher Seminars. Designed for middle school and high school teachers, these weeklong seminars offer thematic deep dives into a variety of topics on the history of World War II. Employing a rich array of curriculum built upon primary source materials, these seminars will aid teachers to find new and exciting ways to bring the war to life in the classroom. Each seminar will give teachers access to noted WWII scholars, as well as hands-on experiences and virtual resources they can incorporate into classroom instruction. Participants who complete the program will become part of the Museum’s nationwide network of teachers dedicated to improving the quality of instruction on World War II.
Who Can Participate?
The Summer Teacher Seminars is open to any teacher at an accredited public, charter, private, or parochial school who have at least two years of classroom teaching experience and who will be teaching during the 2020–2021 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 include information on teaching experience, two short written statements, and two letters of recommendation. All applications received within the submission window will receive fair assessment. The Museum seeks to recruit a diverse cohort of 30 teachers for each seminar. Teachers accepted to attend the Summer Teacher Seminars will be expected to give at least one teacher professional development workshop featuring the Museum’s curriculum in the year following completion of the program.
There is no cost. Participants will receive free lodging, a travel stipend, seminar materials, and most meals free of charge.
July 20–24, 2020: "From Liberation to V-J Day, Exploring the End of World War II"
July 27–31, 2020: "The War in the Pacific"
“From Liberation to V-J Day, Exploring the End of World War II”
In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, The National WWII Museum will feature an in-depth exploration of the final months of the war in its new seminar, “From Liberation to V-J Day, Exploring the End of World War II.” Beginning with the discovery and liberation of Nazi concentration camps to the formal surrender of the Japanese Empire, this weeklong seminar examining the end of World War II and its continued meaning today is designed for teachers with established knowledge of the subject matter, enhancing comprehension of this era in history and offering new methods for teaching difficult narratives. Applicants should convey their degree of expertise on the end of World War II and what they hope to gain from participating within the program. Accepted teachers will spend a week at the Museum in New Orleans working with leading scholars in the field to gain a stronger command of this history. Teachers will also work with fellow participants and Museum staff on how best to make use of the Museum’s curricular resources and to find creative ways to apply the lessons in their own classrooms. Accepted teachers should prepare for detailed readings and discussions with fellow educators, scholars, and members of the Museum’s staff.
Applications open December 1.
“The War in the Pacific”
“The War in the Pacific” seminar at The National WWII Museum will offer a survey overview of the American war effort against Imperial Japan for accepted teachers, beginning with the origins of the conflict and concluding with the American occupation of the Japanese Home Islands following formal surrender on September 2, 1945. Designed for teachers looking to expand their knowledge of this theater of the war and its place within the broader historical narratives of World War II, this weeklong seminar will train teachers on use of the Museum’s curriculum From the Collection to the Classroom, Volume I: The War in the Pacific. Teachers accepted to participate in this seminar will spend the week at The National WWII Museum working with leading scholars in the field to gain a stronger understanding of this history. Participants will also work with other teachers in the seminar, as well as Museum staff, on finding creative ways to apply the Museum’s lessons and other curricular resources in their own classrooms.
Applications open December 1.
- December 1, 2019: Application period opens
- February 7, 2020: Application period closes
- February 28, 2020: Participants selected and notified
- March 13, 2020: Deadline for accepting and submitting required forms
- April 6, 2020: Pre-Seminar readings and online discussions begin