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Travel and Teach: Free Professional Development for Educators

December 8, 2017

There are many opportunities for educators (K-12 to university) to further their professional development for free in the summer. Explore these opportunities to travel and teach. Follow the links for more information.

National Endowment for the Humanities 

Each year, NEH offers tuition-free opportunities for school, college, and university educators to study a variety of humanities topics. Stipends of $1,200-$3,300 help cover expenses for these one- to four-week programs in the summer. Go to their website for a full list of individual programs, application instructions and more information.

Deadline: March 1, 2018

The Gilder Lehrmen Institute of American History

The Institute promotes and celebrates accomplishments in American history education and scholarship at every level. Deepen your understanding and appreciation of American history by participating in a program or joining the Institute’s growing network of teachers, students, scholars, and supporters. Various summer programs, seminars and opportunities are available for educators, particularly for K-12.

Goethe Institut, Transatlantic Outreach Program

TOP is a public/private partnership that promotes education about Germany, fosters intercultural dialogue, and provides the opportunity for North American K-12 social studies educators, STEM educators, and decision makers to experience Germany.

Fulbright, Education in Germany

The seminar Education in Germany targets active U.S. teachers from all types of schools and from all relevant teaching areas. It is administered by the German-American Fulbright Commission in Berlin in close cooperation with the University of Regensburg and its renowned Teacher Education Center.

Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce, TEACH

The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber’s Teachers Educating Across Cultures in Harmony (TEACH) Fellowship was conceived to actively engage U.S. and MENA educators in capacity building initiatives to produce a new generation of leaders equipped to provide solutions to the world’s most pressing social and economic issues.

Dar al Islam, Teachers’ Institutes

The goal is to enable educators to teach about Islam with greater confidence. Participants gain a deeper understanding of the basic tenets of Islam and see how Islam works in the daily lives of the program’s Muslim faculty and staff.

The priority deadline is April 15 – Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until spaces are filled.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Teacher Training Programs

The Museum promotes the responsible teaching of the Holocaust through a variety of resources and programs to help the nation’s educators increase their knowledge of Holocaust history and implement sound teaching strategies. Education outreach programs provide teachers with quality Holocaust education, incorporating accurate history, appropriate pedagogy, classroom strategies, and teaching resources.

Keizai Koho Center Fellowships to Japan

Keizai Koho Center (KKC), in cooperation with the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS), will offer the “KKC Study Tour to Japan 2017” for U.S. and Canadian social studies teachers.

Application deadline: February 1, 2018

George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Summer Residential Programs

The George Washington Teacher Institute Summer Residential Programs are 5-day immersive professional development experiences designed to support K-12 educators who teach about the life, leadership, and legacy of George Washington and the 18th-century world in which he lived.

Application deadline: January 29, 2018

Foundation for Teaching Economics

To fulfill the Foundation for Teaching Economics’ mission to promote excellence in economic education by helping teachers of economics become more effective educators, FTE offers different professional development opportunities to teachers. These include week-long residential programs, single day seminars, and online programs.