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 2018-19 Summer Teacher Institute focuses on the US Home Front—the engine of production, innovation, and volunteerism that made Allied victories possible on battlefields all across the globe. Rob Citino, PhD, the Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian at The National WWII 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 2018-2019 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 2019.

The application window will open Friday, December 1, 2017. Applications must be received by the close of business (5:00pm CST) on Thursday, February 1, 2018.