Summer Teacher Institutes

Season of Independence Summer Teacher Institute

Monday, August 5, 2019 – Friday, August 9, 2019

Join a small group of educators from across the country in exploring the path the thirteen rebellious colonies traveled between the end of the French and Indian War in 1763 and the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

How was independence decided upon? Was it always the ultimate goal? What were the reasons for making this momentous decision? How was the Declaration of Independence received at home and abroad, and who were its intended audiences? You’ll discuss, debate and engage with these questions and others through gallery exploration, workshops, field trips, and more. Throughout, you’ll practice techniques for encouraging empathy, tolerance, and civil debate among your students to take back with you into the classroom.


Applications for the 2019 Summer Teacher Institute are now closed. 

Participants will:

  • Explore the Museum and its physical and digital on-site resources

  • Interact with the Museum’s partners in Philadelphia’s historic Old City neighborhood

  • Engage in close-readings of historical texts and analysis of historical images

  • Discuss in-classroom applications of learning with each other and an Institute Lead Teacher

  • Receive a Certificate of Completion (PA teachers will receive Act 48 Credit as well)

Participation is open to active educators of students in grades 4 – 12. Space is limited. Interested educators will be asked to submit an application.

Things to Know

Who Can Apply?

The Institute is open to current classroom teachers of students in 4th – 12th grade.

What is the Application Deadline?

All application materials should be submitted no later than Monday, June 10, 2019.

When Will I Be Notified?

Selected educators will be notified via email on Friday, June 14, 2019.

How Will Participants Be Decided?

Applicants are asked to respond to several short answer prompts and to provide one letter of recommendation from a supervisor or colleague.

The Museum is looking to build a class of participating teachers that will be actively engaged in the Institute activities and discussions and that will magnify the impact of this experience by sharing what they have learned with their students and with other educators. The Museum is also looking to create a class that is reflective of diversity across many fronts, including teaching experience, geography/region, and type of school.

How Much Does Participation Cost?

There is no tuition for this Institute, and all learning resources will be provided at no cost to teachers. The Museum will provide housing from Sunday, August 4th through Thursday, August 8th.  Educators must arrange for their own transportation to and from Philadelphia. The Museum will provide most lunches and dinners for participating teachers, but teachers should be prepared to cover their own costs for remaining meals.

Will I Get to Explore Philadelphia During the Institute?

Yes! Several field trips to partner organizations are built into the Institute experience. Educators will also have several lunch and dinner sessions to themselves, which can be used for exploration of the historic Old City District, within which the Museum sits.

Will I Earn Professional Development Credits for Participating?

Pennsylvania teachers will be awarded Act 48 credits. All teachers will receive a certificate reflecting their total hours of participation in this Institute.

If I Have Questions, to Whom Should I Reach Out?

Please email with any questions.

The Season of Independence Summer Teacher Institute is generously funded by Ira D. and Diana Riklis.