Closer Readings Commentary

Summer 2017 Professional Development for K-12 Educators in the Humanities

Each year, the National Endowment for the Humanities offers tuition-free opportunities for school teachers to study a variety of humanities subjects such as architecture, history, literature, music and philosophy with some of the finest scholars and teachers in America. Topics range from African Americans in the Making of New England to Women Making Change at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. Stipends of $600-$3,300 help cover expenses for these one- to four-week programs.For information and application instructions, please visit the websites for individual projects. Links are provided below. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2017.

For a taste of what NEH’s professional development programs hold for educators, please view the short video from the 2016 summer project, below.


Charles McLaurin lecturing at The Most Southern Place on Earth 2016 Landmarks workshop. (WXVT News, a CBS affiliate in Greenville, Miss.) 

Click here for Summer Seminars

Click here for Summer Institutes

Click here for Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops

Summer Seminars for School Teachers

A seminar enables sixteen participants to study a well-focused humanities topic under the guidance of one or two established scholars. Seminars emphasize discussion of common readings, sustained interaction among the participants and the director(s), and intellectual commitment to teaching. The director(s) also advise participants on individual projects.

Summer Institutes for School Teachers

An institute allows participants to undertake an intensive program of study with a team of scholarly experts. These scholars present a range of perspectives on a humanities topic that is taught in the nation’s schools. Participants and scholars together explore connections between the institute content and classroom teaching. The emphasis is on teaching the specific humanities subject matter and not on pedagogical theory and approaches.

Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for School Teachers

The Landmarks of American History and Culture program supports a series of one-week workshops for K-12 educators. NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops use historic sites to address central themes and issues in American history, government, literature, art, music, and related subjects in the humanities.

For information about these programs on the NEH website, please go to Summer Seminars and Institutes.