The Holocaust Mandel Teacher Fellowship
|WHAT: A weeklong
immersion in the teaching of the Holocaust, with lectures and
discussions covering pedagogical and historical issues. Much
of the institute runs as a workshop, with teachers swapping
ideas and critiquing each other's lesson plans. But there are
also lectures by museum experts and noted scholars. During
his fellowship in 1997, veteran religious-studies teacher Dan
Napolitano found himself at dinner talking with Michael
Burleigh, co-author of The Racial State and a heralded
Holocaust scholar. "Let's face it," Napolitano says. "That
wouldn't have happened in my classroom."
|WHO: Up to 25 secondary school history,
social studies, and English teachers as well as librarians
and instructional-media specialists. A small number of
teachers of other disciplines may also attend; two teachers
of German participated last summer.
|WHERE: At the United
States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., fellows
get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most popular
museums in the nation's capital. Teachers can also do
research in the museum's archives and library, a premier
repository of information on the Holocaust.
|WHEN: August 1-6, with follow-up
meetings in May 2000.
|WHY: The museum hopes
to build a corps of teachers to be leaders in Holocaust
education in their communities.
|WHY NOT: Because much of the program is
designed as an exchange of ideas, fellows must have taught
the Holocaust for five years. "This is not a program for
beginners," says Stephen Feinberg, fellowship
|INSIDE SCOOP: Requires
some heavy lifting. After the summer meetings, participants
design outreach programs for their schools, communities, or
professional associations. In May 2000, the teachers return
to the museum and give presentations on their projects; up to
five are selected for funding of about $3,000.
|MONEY MATTERS: The fellowship covers
costs for travel, lodging, and meals for both the August and
Mandel Teacher Fellowship
Program, Education Division, United States Holocaust Memorial
Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. S.W., Washington, DC 20024;
(202) 314-7826; www.ushmm.org.
February 12. Graduate credit not
Birth of a Nation Summer Teacher Institute in Early American History
|WHAT: Six intensive,
one-week interdisciplinary workshops on teaching about the
era of tri-cornered hats, powdered wigs, and Patrick Henry.
Based in Williamsburg, Virginia, a hotbed of Colonial history
that is both kitschy and enlightening, participants explore
important sites, join reenactments, work in a tobacco field,
learn dances, and fire a cannon. When classes retreat to the
air-conditioned indoors, teachers attend lectures with noted
historians and work with primary sources that include journal
entries of 18th-century residents of the town.
|WHO: Elementary teachers and middle and
high school teachers of social studies, U.S. history, or
government. Admission is first-come, first-served; there are
24 spots available per workshop.
|WHERE: Based in
Colonial Williamsburg, but with excursions to nearby
Jamestown, the Yorktown battlefield, a reconstructed Powhatan
Indian village, and the Colonial plantation of Carter's
|WHEN: Workshops run during June and
July. Three workshops are offered for elementary teachers,
two for middle school teachers, and one for high school
|WHY: The program is
designed to immerse teachers in Colonial life so they can do
the same for their students.
|WHY NOT: "Participants," warns the
program's brochure, "must have the physical and mental
endurance required for 13- to 14-hour days in a hot, humid
|WHERE YOU'LL LAY YOUR
HEAD: Attendees are housed in a period home or
tavern on Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg's famous
|PARTING GIFTS: Workshop attendees leave
Williamsburg with replica artifacts such as quill pens and
Foundation, School and Group Services, P.O. Box 1776,
Williamsburg, VA 23187; (757) 220-7582.
March 31. Graduate credit
available at additional cost.
Anchors Aweigh Teacher at Sea Program
|WHAT: A wet and wild
adventure on a government research vessel. Since 1992, the
program has taken some 300 teachers to sea aboard boats
conducting scientific field work for the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration. Teachers work under the direction
of scientists; research projects include cataloging fish
populations, mapping changes in inland waterways, and
studying chemical and physical changes in the ocean waters.
Voyages last as long as a month, but the average is 10 to 14
days. Afterward, teachers submit to NOAA a mini-unit of
lessons based on the experience and write an article or give
a presentation to other educators about the work.
|WHO: As many as 45 teachers from all
grade levels. No previous science background is required.
Teachers who can best show how they'll use the experience at
sea to improve their instruction are accepted.
|WHERE: U.S. waters off
the East and West coasts, near Hawaii and Alaska, and in the
Gulf of Mexico.
|WHEN: Ships sail throughout the spring
|WHY: Lisa Reid, a
science teacher from May, Texas, says her Alaskan voyage
helped stir excitement among her kids for doing field
research themselves: "These kids don't even get out of the
county. You say Alaska, and they think 'ice.' "
|GET IN LINE: One of the most
sought-after trips is a study of swordfish populations in the
waters off . . . Hawaii.
|WHERE YOU'LL LAY YOUR
HEAD: "This is not the Love Boat," says program
coordinator Judy Sohl. "They call the quarters 'staterooms,'
but they're not exactly stately." Teachers, scientists, and
crew generally sleep two to a room in bunk beds; the ceilings
are so low that the occupant in the top bunk often can't sit
|INSIDE SCOOP: Most teachers worry
they'll get seasick, but few actually do. Reid can't swim and
worried aloud that she might drown, but her crew laughed.
"You'd freeze before you'd drown," they said.
Applicants often propose complex research and lesson plans
for their trips, but Sohl would love for someone to tackle
something simpler: How do you feed 60 people at sea for a
month? Food on board NOAA vessels is remarkably good--so good
that teachers complain about putting on weight--yet it's
something of a mystery how the ship's cooks manage such a
Judy Sohl, Teacher at Sea
Program, 1801 Fairview Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98102; (206)
553-2633; applications available at www.tas.noaa.gov.
Teachers pay for transportation to
ship's departure point.
6. Graduate credit available at additional cost.
Wired In D.C. C-SPAN Teacher Fellowships
|WHAT: A paid,
four-week stint at C-SPAN's Washington, D.C., headquarters
creating educational materials for the cable network. C-SPAN
is television's mouse that roared; though it's available in a
relatively small number of homes--73 million--it offers
gavel-to-gavel coverage of the House and Senate, programming
that is must-see TV these days. Fellows work with C-SPAN
staff to develop high school print, video, and online
materials and lesson plans.
|WHO: High school teachers who are
members of C-SPAN in the Classroom, a free service that gives
educators unrestricted taping rights to the network's
broadcasts and advance notice of selected programming.
offices are close to Capitol Hill.
|WHY NOT: Candidates are nominated by
local cable systems. They must demonstrate in the rather
rigorous application process--essays and interviews--that
they use C-SPAN programming extensively in the classroom.
"They can't just show a program and then discuss it," says
spokeswoman Erika Robinson.
For political junkies, cruising the halls of Congress,
attending hearings, and hobnobbing with politicos in Capitol
Hill eateries is a dream come true. Past fellows talk
dreamily of chance meetings they had with long-admired
|MONEY MATTERS: C-SPAN puts the value of
the fellowship at $6,500. That includes a $3,000 stipend,
$2,000 for housing and other expenses, round-trip airfare to
Washington, and $500 worth of coupons for tapes of C-SPAN
programming from the network's archives.
|THE ODDS: Once you're
nominated by your cable system, chances are good you'll get a
fellowship. Last year, only 10 teachers were nominated.
C-SPAN High School Teacher
Fellowship Program, C-SPAN, c /o Education Relations, Suite
650, 400 N. Capitol St. N.W., Washington, DC 20001; (800)
February 26. Graduate credit not
The Nation's Attic The Smithsonian Institution's Summer Institutes for Teachers
inexpensive seminars based at the world's largest consortium
of museums. Topics range from zoology ("Wildlife Diversity
and Adaptations: A Hands-on Approach") to writing ("Using
Museums To Inspire Student Writers"). The courses draw
heavily on exhibits and the Smithsonian's wealth of
resources; all are designed to help teachers use museums for
projects and classwork.
|WHO: Teachers of all grades and
disciplines. Preference is given to those applying for
Institution locations throughout the Washington, D.C.,
|WHEN: The 4- and 5-day programs run in
June and July.
|WHY: What better place
could there be to learn about museums as teaching tools?
Known as "the nation's attic," the Smithsonian encompasses
the National Zoo and 16 museums, among them the National Air
and Space Museum and the Museum of American History.
|BELIEVE US WHEN WE TELL YOU: Summer
blankets Washington with jungle-like humidity.
Smithsonian Summer Seminars for
Teachers, Smithsonian Office of Education, Smithsonian
Institution, A&I 1163/MRC 402, Washington, DC 20560; (202)
$50 per course. In-service credit
available free for Washington, D.C., and Maryland teachers.
Recertification credit available for Virginia teachers.
None, but the program prefers to
receive applications by the end of May.
Everyday Science Summer Institutes of the Museum Institute for Teaching Science
|WHAT: Seminars held by
museums throughout Massachusetts. The programs are tailored
to a theme chosen by the institute, which was founded in 1983
with the mission of improving elementary science education
through museum-based programs. This year's theme is "The
Everyday Scientist," and the workshops explore how to teach
basic science using ordinary materials and everyday events.
Lesson plans are based on museum materials, but they can be
replicated in the classroom.
|WHO: Elementary-level science
|WHERE: The list of
museums includes wildlife sanctuaries, armories, and
botanical gardens. The Boston Children's Museum, the Williams
College Art Museum, the Springfield Science Museum, and the
New England Quilt Museum have participated in the past.
|WHEN: July 6-16.
|WHY: This program aims
to be a hands-on, roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-dirty
immersion into basic science.
|SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER: Participants
return for two days of additional training during the school
Participants take home $50 worth of books and materials.
Contact:MITS Inc., 79 Milk St., Suite
210, Boston, MA 02109-3903; (617) 695-9771; email: [email protected].
Cost:$30 registration fee, but the program
itself is free. There's no deadline for applications, but most
arrive in late February. Graduate credit available at
Country Learning Bread Loaf School of English
|WHAT: A graduate
program based in bucolic spots across the country and in
England. The school offers six-week summer seminars in
literature, literary theory, creative writing, the teaching
of writing, and theater. More than 400 students attend each
|WHO: Open to anyone with a bachelor of
arts degree and to exceptional undergraduates, but most
applicants are secondary school teachers.
|WHERE: The program
operates at four campuses. Middlebury College is the hub,
with classes held in a 19th-century inn tucked at the foot of
Vermont's Green Mountains. About 90 students travel to
England and study at Lincoln College, the smallest of the
colleges of Oxford University. A third site is the Native
American Preparatory School in Rowe, New Mexico, near Sante
Fe. This summer, a new Bread Loaf campus will open at the
University of Alaska Southeast, on Auke Lake just outside
|WHEN: Programs begin at various times in
|WHY: Each of the
programs has unique attractions. The Middlebury campus owns
and maintains the Robert Frost Farm, a national historical
site dedicated to the late poet, a former Middlebury faculty
member. At Oxford, students have access to the university's
Bodleian Library, one of the finest in the world. In Rowe,
the coursework emphasizes Native American literature,
American Hispanic literature, and writing of the Southwest.
Likewise, the Juneau campus focuses on indigenous cultures
and the literature and landscape of the Pacific
|WHY NOT: Teachers pursuing a master of
arts or master of letters degree must complete 10 courses,
which generally takes four or five summers. Those wishing to
attend for only one summer may enroll in the nondegree
program and receive a continuing-education certificate.
Need-based financial aid available, as well as fellowships
for teachers from rural areas.
|TEACHING THE TEACHERS: Each campus
brings professors from all over the country to teach the
courses. The Juneau program, for example, will feature
faculty this summer from Princeton, Georgetown, and Harvard,
|INSIDE SCOOP: Robert
Baroz, an English teacher at Champlain Valley Union High
School in Vermont, spent one of his summers at Oxford and
raves about the guest-lecture meals with "all the wine and
cheese you could want," plus Shakespearean plays "to your
Bread Loaf School of English,
Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT 05753; (802) 443-5418;
Vermont, $4,420; Oxford, $5,200;
Rowe, $4,770; Juneau, $4,760. Fees cover tuition, room, and
board. Rolling admission begins in February and closes May 15.
Early application is encouraged.
The Human Element National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars And Institutes for School Teachers
three- to six-week seminars and institutes on humanities
topics run by the NEH, the federal grant-making agency whose
mission is "to make the humanities accessible to all
Americans." Its programs, which are mostly organized by
colleges and universities, are taught by professors with bona
fides in their fields. Topics include: "Beowulf and
the Historic Age," "The Journals of the Enlisted Men on the
Lewis and Clark Expedition," and "Islam in West Africa."
|WHO: Administrators, librarians, and
teachers from any discipline. A mix of new teachers and
veterans is sought in each program. Those who have not
previously participated in an NEH summer program are given
|WHERE: Most seminars
are based on university campuses in the United States, but a
handful take place in glamorous and exotic spots, including
France, Italy, and Senegal.
|WHEN: Programs run from late June
|WHY: These are not
broad survey courses but intensive studies of fairly narrow
topics. Example: the Lehigh University five-week seminar,
"Viennese Perspectives on European Culture, Ideas, and the
|INSIDE SCOOP: Competition for slots
varies. "The Gothic Cathedral as Mirror of Medieval Culture"
enrolls 15, but because it's taught in Paris by well-known
scholar Robert Calkins, hundreds will apply. The average
program enrolls 25 applicants and gets about 75
Participants get a stipend ranging from $2,350 to
|LEST WE FORGET: Thanks to a
state-specific grant from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation,
teachers from New Jersey get a travel allowance of up to
National Endowment for the
Humanities, Seminars and Institutes Program, 1100 Pennsylvania
Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8463; e-mail
March 1. Graduate credit not
Talk To The Animals The Bronx Zoo Summer Workshops
grade-specific workshops covering the use of Bronx
Zoo-developed science curricula. "Pablo Python Looks at
Animals," for example, is designed to expand the observation
skills of kids in grades K-3. The other three programs are
intended for use with middle schoolers and offer activities,
lesson plans, and teachers' guides covering topics in energy,
ecology, and wildlife.
|WHO: Open to administrators and K-9
teachers in any discipline. Teacher applicants must have
written support of their administrators.
|WHERE: The Bronx Zoo
in New York City.
|WHEN: The four workshops run in late
June and July.
|WHY: The programs are
designed to help teachers use the Zoo's off-the-shelf
curricula, which can be integrated with language arts, social
studies, and other subjects.
|WHY NOT: Participants must obtain a
promise from administrators that their school will implement
the curriculum; later, they must submit proof of its use.
Also, participants must conduct a peer-training
|APPLICATION TIP: About
two out of every three applicants are accepted. Program gives
preference to teachers who apply in groups of two or three
from the same school.
|MONEY MATTERS: The program reimburses up
to $110 of air travel costs.
Ann Robinson, Manager of
National Programs, Wildlife
Conservation Society, 185th St. and Southern Blvd., Bronx,
NY 10460-1099; (800) 737-5131. Cost:
application deadline, but program staff ask that you "apply as
soon as possible." Graduate credit available at additional
PHOTO: Ecostudy: Earthwatch teacher takes a
sample in an Ontario forest
Patriot Games: Reliving Colonial days
--Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Onboard: A floating teachers' lounge it's not
Angle of repose: Bread Loaf's respite