The deadline is coming! The deadline is coming!

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History offers 30-40 sessions every summer designed specifically for K-12 history and social studies teachers. The sessions are usually five days long and are delivered on college campus around the country. Each session is facilitated by noted researchers, authors and educators and I guarantee that you will walk away from the experience a better teacher.

The Gilder Lehrman Summer Seminars are designed to support and enhance participants’ commitment to high quality history teaching. These week-long seminars, offered at colleges and universities nationwide and in the United Kingdom, provide intellectual stimulation and a collaborative context for developing practical resources and strategies to take back to the classroom.

I’ve had the opportunity to attend several sessions and every time walk away on the last day just blown away. The last time was with a bunch of teachers at the University of Colorado learning how to integrate primary sources into elementary history instruction. Dr. Fritz Fischer from the University of Northern Colorado led the week and I left overwhelmed with ideas.

This year there are 39 different seminars in five different categories:

Some of the biggies next summer are Gary Nash, Ira Berlin, Eric Foner, David Kennedy, Patricia Limerick and John Demos.

There is an online application process with a February 15 deadline and, because of the high quality of the seminars, it can be a bit competitive. But if you get in, I promise you that you’ll leave a better teacher!

Whadda ya got to lose?