2016–17 Museum Teacher Fellowship Program
July 17–21, 2016
Applications due February 1, 2016
The Museum Teacher Fellowship Program seeks to train leaders in the field of Holocaust education. The fellows are a national corps of skilled educators who assist the Museum’s efforts to promote quality Holocaust education that is rooted in accurate history and responsible pedagogy.
The Museum’s teacher training programs ensure that learning how and why the Holocaust happened is an important component of education in America and strengthens students' critical thinking about their roles in society.
About the Program
Established in 1996, the Museum Teacher Fellowship Program has developed a national corps of skilled educators to help lead the Museum’s efforts to ensure quality Holocaust education in secondary schools. To date, 320 teachers have become a part of the corps, working to:
- Organize conferences
- Lead workshops
- Write curricula
- Serve on boards of Holocaust museums and education centers
- Lead study trips to Holocaust sites
- Serve as conduits to the Museum for educators, institutions, professional organizations, and community groups in their regions
Each year, the Museum designates up to 20 educators—from grades 7 through 12 and community college faculty—as new Museum teacher fellows. These educators must show evidence of extensive knowledge of Holocaust history, successful teaching experience, and participation in community and professional organizations.
Fellows participate in the Pines, Sarna, Statfeld Summer Institute for the Museum Teacher Fellowship Program held at the Museum in Washington, DC. This five-day, all-expenses-paid institute is designed to immerse fellows in advanced historical and pedagogical issues. Following the institute, they are expected to create and implement an outreach project in their schools, colleges, communities, or professional organizations. In July of the following year, they attend a follow-up program at the Museum to assess their efforts and to continue their study of the Holocaust with Museum staff and noted speakers.
The Museum welcomes applications from community college faculty and middle and high school teachers of history, social studies, foreign languages, English, and journalism. Librarians and instructional media specialists are encouraged to apply as well, and the Museum will also consider other content areas. Applicants must teach in United States schools and have taught the Holocaust for a minimum of five years.
Complete the online application by February 1, 2016. The Museum will e-mail applicants the results by March 18, 2016.
To see the impact this program can have, watch this short video on how Museum Teacher Fellows Drew Beiter and Mark Gudgel organized the Educators’ Institute for Human Rights (external link), a three-day conference that provided Rwandan teachers with resources and strategies to use in their classrooms.
Please direct any questions to Kristin Thompson, program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.488.6145.