2020–2021 Museum Teacher Fellowship Program
Application deadline: February 14, 2020
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, over 400 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 selects up to 20 educators—from grades 7 through 12—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. Preference is given to applicants who have attended the Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators, the Museum's foundational teacher education program.
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 institute is designed to immerse Fellows in advanced historical and pedagogical issues. Travel, hotel, and meals are provided at no cost to participants. Following the institute, they are expected to create and implement an outreach project in their schools, 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 middle and high school teachers of history, social studies, foreign languages, English, journalism, and other related disciplines. Applicants must have a minimum of five years experience teaching about the Holocaust in US schools.
Please direct any questions to Kim Blevins-Relleva, Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.488.6145.