Real World Science Summer Teacher Seminar:  July 15 - 21, 2018

The seminar application is open to any science teacher (public, public charter, private, and parochial) with between 2 and 10 years of teaching experience in 5th-8th grade science, and who will be teaching a science course to students in the same age group in the 2018-2019 school year. Applications will be evaluated through a competitive process that will include information on teaching experience, a short written statement, and two letters of recommendation. Two spots will be reserved for qualifying Louisiana teachers.


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 World War II. 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 2019-20 Summer Teacher Institute focuses focuses on the Liberation and Legacy  of World War II, connecting events like the Holocaust, the Nuremberg trials,  the Marshall Plan, and the founding of the United Nations to the world  of today. Rob Citino, PhD, Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian and  Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy  at the Museum and author of numerous books on the war, will head the  team of expert historians, curators, and educators who will conduct the  program. .


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 2019-2020 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 abroad, and must hold a current US passport valid through August 2020.

The application window will open Saturday, December 1, 2018. Applications must be received by the close of business (5:00pm CST) on Friday, February 1, 2019.

The National WWII Museum