Summer Institutes on Teaching the Humanities Through Art
Teachers in grades 6–12 are invited to attend one of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s weeklong institutes in the nation’s capital. Participants will join other educators from across the country in exploring the connections among American art and social studies, history, and English/language arts. Applicants may choose from two dates to attend: July 8–12 or July 22–26,2919. During the institutes, participants will receive a Teacher’s Tool Kit that includes color reproductions, classroom discussion and writing activities, project guidelines, and teaching strategies. The institutes will also provide behind-the-scenes experiences at the museum, access to featured technology, and more. Throughout the year, participants will be connected to a national network of institute alumni, as well as to museum staff for support in curriculum development. The cost of the program is $200 upon registration. Low-cost housing, graduate credit, and scholarships are available. Applications are due by March 31, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. (ET); registration deadline for accepted teachers is May 10, 2019. Scholarship applications are due by April 24, 2019. Scholarship applicants will be notified by May 2, 2019.
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