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National Endowment for the Humanities: Landmarks of American History and Culture – Workshops for School Teachers

Deadline: February 22, 2018

The Landmarks of American History and Culture program supports a series of one-week workshops for a national audience of K-12 educators that enhance and strengthen humanities teaching at the K-12 level.

The program defines a landmark as a site of historic importance within the United States and its territories that offers educators a unique and compelling opportunity to deepen and expand their knowledge of the diverse histories, cultures, traditions, languages, and perspectives of the American people. Projects employ a place-based approach, teaching historic sites through critical interpretation in order to explore central themes in American history and government, as well as in literature, art, music, and related humanities subjects.

Each workshop accommodates thirty-six participants (NEH Summer Scholars) and is offered twice during the summer (for a total of seventy-two participants). Workshops may be hosted by institutions such as community colleges, universities, four-year colleges, learned societies, libraries or other repositories, centers for advanced study, cultural organizations, professional associations, and schools or school systems. Host institutions provide facilities and arrange for accommodations for participants, who receive a stipend. NEH expects host institutions to furnish facilities conducive to scholarly engagement with topics and sites.

Landmarks projects offer participants:

  • Enhanced knowledge of content through rigorous humanistic inquiry and pedagogical strategies relevant to the subject area and project theme
  • Essential source materials, including but not limited to primary texts, documents, artifacts, and archival resources
  • Learning opportunities through a variety of media and modes of engagement
  • New ways to approach their K-12-level humanities curricula as well as state or subject-specific standards, where applicable
  • A community of inquiry that encourages dialogue and the exchange of ideas
  • A team of humanities scholars, including faculty with significant K-12 experience, who contribute to all phases of the project

Applicants should make a convincing case for the historical significance and use of the Landmarks site(s), the material resources available for use, and the ways in which the workshop will enhance K-12 curricula.

Amount: Successful projects may receive up to $170,000 in outright funds, matching funds, or a combination of the two. Cost sharing is not required in this program, except for projects receiving matching funds, and projects whose budgets exceed $170,000. Projects with budgets exceeding $170,000 must cost share the amount above $170,000.

Eligibility: Any U.S. nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status is eligible, as are state and local governmental agencies and federally recognized Native American tribal governments.

While all proposals will be given equal consideration, NEH encourages proposals for Landmarks Workshops from institutions in the states that received the least funding from NEH in the past fiscal year: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. In addition, special encouragement is given to applications proposing projects in Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Delaware, Guam, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Oregon, Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Vermont, the U.S. Virgin Islands, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

NEH invites projects related to its Standing Together initiative, which encourages projects related to war and military service. NEH also encourages projects that include Native American organizations as lead applicants. Finally, NEH also encourages Landmarks projects to reach a wider audience by contributing to EDSITEment, a website developed by NEH that promotes humanities education.

Note: Prospective applicants may submit a draft of their proposal for staff comments (note that submission of draft proposals is optional) no later than January 15, 2018.

Link: https://www.neh.gov/grants/education/landmarks-american-history-and-culture-workshops-school-teachers

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