Summer Institutes: Teaching the Humanities through Art
- WEEK 1: Monday, July 11–Friday, July 15, 2016
- WEEK 2: Monday, July 25–Friday, July 29, 2016
Who should apply?
What will teachers accomplish during the Institute?
- Gain expertise from museum educators, curators, and content experts, through gallery talks, discussion groups, and hands-on activities
- Learn to use American art in the classroom to foster critical thinking skills and deepen student engagement with content
- Make interdisciplinary connections among American art, social studies, history, and English/language arts
- Experiment with digital tools you can use to bring art into your classroom
- Develop and share lesson ideas with peers
What is provided for Institute participants?
- Teacher’s Tool Kit including color reproductions, classroom discussion and writing exercises, project guidelines, and teaching strategies
- Behind-the-scenes experiences at the Museum
- Opportunity to engage with leading scholars during keynote addresses
- Access to featured technology
- Daily breakfast and lunch
- Optional evening events and opportunities to explore Washington, D.C., such as a bus tour of monuments
- Exclusive access to a collaborative website
- Connection to a national network of Institute alumni
- Museum staff support for curriculum development
What is expected of Institute participants?
- Completion of pre-Institute assignments
- Participation in the entire Institute; plan to arrive each day at the Museum by 9:00 a.m. and leave after 4:00 p.m.
- Sharing of lesson ideas on the final day of the Institute
- Contribution of ideas, comments, and resources to a collaborative website during the Institute and throughout the school year
What are teachers saying about the Institute?
- "[The Institute] was a stunning success. I have become visually literate, I have learned new teaching strategies and I have access to an amazing collection of resources."
- "This has been the most rewarding PD I have ever attended. The strategies and resources are of immediate practicality."
- "I will look at art so differently from here on out. It won’t just be ’something to look at’ but something to learn from. I will also have a ton of strategies that I’m walking away with, which I really appreciate. In addition to those, I’m walking away with practice in them so I already feel like I know how to use them. And I will walk away with a much deeper art background than I came with."
- "To say that it changed the way I teach is an understatement."
Acceptance Notification: April 22, 2016
Scholarship Applications Due: April 29, 2016
Scholarship Notification: May 6, 2016
Registration Deadline: May 13, 2016
Registration and Cost
- One-page letter addressing:
- What you value most about teaching
- Your interest in the Institute
- How you anticipate applying lessons learned to your work
- Letter of recommendation written by and emailed from a teaching colleague or school administrator addressing your collaborative spirit and creative contributions as an educator
Graduate and Professional Development Credit
- "Lessons Learned from the Civil War" with curator Eleanor Jones Harvey (July 29, 2014)
- "Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art" with curator E. Carmen Ramos (July 9, 2013)
- "The Coming Storm: The Civil War and American Art" with curator Eleanor Jones Harvey (July 10 and 31, 2012)
- "Spark: How Creativity Works" with Julie Burstein (July 18, 2011)
- "Creating Powerful Learning Opportunities" with Ron Ritchhart (August 1, 2011)