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Each year the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for K-12 educators to attend one of its Summer Teacher Institutes in Washington, D.C. During the five-day institutes, participants work with Library of Congress education specialists to learn best practices for using primary sources in the K-12 classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized primary sources available on the Library’s Web site.

After participating in the Summer Teacher Institutes, participants will:

  • Know how to access primary sources from the Library of Congress.
  • Become skilled at analyzing primary sources of different formats.
  • Learn various teaching strategies for using primary sources in the classroom.
  • Be able to successfully facilitate a primary source-based activity with students.
  • Gain knowledge of how to use primary sources to enable students to be engaged, think critically and construct knowledge.
  • Develop a Primary Source Project Plan that will be implemented in the participant’s instructional setting.

The application for the 2013 Summer Institutes will be posted in December.

The 2013 Institutes will be held the following weeks:

  • June 10-14
  • June 17-21
  • July 22-26
  • July 29-August 2
  • August 5-9