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Great Opportunities

Great opportunities for teachers, often free of charge, cross my desk on a regular basis. Teachers have begun sending in pictures and stories from their trips. Here is what a few have said:

Gilder Lehrman Summer Institute: "The Idea that Is America," held at the Woodrow WIlson Presidential Library in Staunton, Virginia. Utah educators Shanna Campbell of Weber District and Pam Su'a of Jordan District were among those selected to attend.

Pam writes "This was a great seminar! We spent four days with Dr. Slaughter and had access to the Woodrow Wilson presidential papers collection and the museum, which is located at his birthplace and home for the first year of his life (they call it the formative year). Following our week, Dr. Slaughter appeared on "The Colbert Report." I'd like to believe we helped prepare her for that experience."

Here are links to some opportunities:

The Program for Teaching East Asia (TEA)
At the University of Colorado-Boulder is a national coordinating site of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA). TEA and NCTA offer Utah teachers professional development programs to enhance teaching and learning about East Asia. Programs include residential summer institutes, study tours, and online courses carrying graduate credit. Teachers interact with East Asia specialists, receive extensive readings and other materials, and discuss effective strategies for bringing East Asia into their classrooms.

This link will take you to the application process for an institute that explores the role of the Supreme Court and helps you learn about cases, develop lessons about the Supreme Court, and meet with key players in the confirmation process for Justices. You will even be in the Supreme Court when decisions are announced.

The Gilder Lehrman Institiute of American History
How would you like to spend a week studying Lincoln with premiere historians, all expenses paid, on site in Gettysburg, or studying the Cold War at Cambridge University in the U. K.? Need I say more? Gilder Lehrman also sponsors the annual History Teacher of the Year Award. This year nominations will be accepted for teachers who focus on US History in the secondary grades. Nomination information will be available soon.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Teacher Fellowship Program is developing a national corps of skilled secondary school educators who serve as leaders in Holocaust education. Museum Teacher fellows will participate in a five-day, all-expense paid summer institute at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., designed to immerse participants in advanced historical and pedagogical issues. Study in Germany with all expenses paid. Deadline is February 1.

I also get recommendations from teachers, and welcome them. Here are some recent additions:

Institute of International Education
An independent non-profit organization founded in 1919, in is a world leader in the exchange of people and ideas. The Institute administers over 200programs serving more than 20,000 individuals each year.

National Peace Corps Association
Global teachnet posts opportunities for students and teachers each week.

Oxfam International
Oxfam has a great progam called cool planet with all kinds of information about global issues. Of course, links to web resources other than those sponsored by the USOE do not imply an endorsement of any or all of their possible links, political views, or points of view.

Center for Civic Education (We the People)
Utah We The People Symposium (TBD). This is a fun and informative opportunity to learn more about the We The People (WTP) program and how you can implement it in your classrooms or how to take your WTP classroom instruction and student competition experience to the next level. Sessions include: Introduction to WTP, WTP In-Depth, Doing WTP in Specific Grades, and Mini Senate Hearings. Sessions are facilitated by experience WTP teachers and co-facilitated by a WTP student alumnus.