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Since 2000, the Library of Congress has recruited teachers to work with Educational Outreach staff to help teachers incorporate the Library’s collection of over 16 million digitized primary sources into high quality instruction.
Previous Teachers-in-Residence have led professional development workshops for teachers in Washington DC and across the United States.
They represented the Library at various conferences and meetings; they developed teaching materials and lessons that use the Library’s digitized primary sources for national distribution.
The successful Teacher-in-Residence candidate will be innovative and collaborative, and be fluent with the Library’s digitized primary sources, having used them in instruction. They will have a history of leadership and staff development.
The Library will give preference to applicants who teach students considered to be underserved based on ethnicity, socio-economic status or geography.
The selected teacher will participate in this program via an intergovernmental personnel agreement between the Library and his or her home school district. The Library will reimburse the district for salary and benefits paid to the teacher during the school year, and will release the Teacher-in-Residence for all district holidays and vacations.
The teacher will receive a $1500 monthly housing stipend if he or she teaches outside of the Washington DC metropolitan area. The Library cannot pay for travel or moving expenses.
In addition to assisting Educational Outreach staff, the Teacher-in-Residence will undertake a project to benefit his or her home school or district to be implemented the following academic year. This might be a workshop on teaching with primary sources for fellow teachers, a unit using Library of Congress primary sources, or some other product or activity using Library of Congress digitized primary sources that can be implemented with students or fellow teachers.
As part of the application process, teachers should propose projects that were designed in collaboration with teacher colleagues and have the support of appropriate school and or district administrators.
To be considered, teachers should fill out and submit an application with an accompanying letter from a school or district administrator authorized to approve an intergovernmental personnel agreement.
Applications will be evaluated based on the teacher’s creativity and willingness to contribute to the educational community as evidenced by his or her description of past activities and recommendation letter, and the feasibility and value of the project proposed by the applicant.
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