Teaching American History and the Medal of Honor Legacy

Medal of Honor Flier

Founded in 1949, the Freedoms Foundation is a national, not-for-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian organization.
The Freedoms Foundation provides a wide range of educational programs for students and teachers that include
U.S. history, leadership, constitutional rights, citizen responsibilities, student entrepreneurship, and the free
enterprise system. The Freedoms Foundation is located on an 85-acre campus adjoining Valley Forge National
Historical Park. Since 1965, more than 11,000 teachers have participated in Freedoms Foundation’s graduate
education programs.

  • Meet living Medal of Honor Recipients who will share their experience
  • Topics include World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan
  • Five days of scholarly lectures and pedagogy discussions
  • Visit historic sites at Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the
  • Declaration House in Philadelphia
  • Receive resource materials and training for use of the Medal of
  • Honor Character Development Program
  • Visit the Freedoms Foundation Medal of Honor Grove and Archives
  • Network with teachers from around the country
  • One graduate credit hour included and additional credit hours are only $135 each
  • Private rooms and most meals included

You can also apply online
visit our website at
For more information:
Phone: 800.896.5488 x234
Fax: 610.935.0522
E-mail: education@ffvf.org


TCEE Hosts Statewide Smarter Texas Conference June 16-18, 2014

TCEE will again host its annual conference at the beautiful Hotel Contessa in San Antonio. 


The workshop for elementary teachers and supervisors will be June 16-17 and the secondary educator workshop will be June 17-18, 2014.

The conference will offer lessons and strategies for K to 12 math, K to 12 social studies, secondary career and economics educators.

Sessions Include:

  • K to 8 math new state PFL standards and lessons correlated to TEKS
  • High School math lessons on Personal Financial Literacy (PFL)
  • K to 12 social studies economics strand
  • Career/business/technical classes on entrepreneurship, economics, PFL
  • Paying for college and postgraduate career studies
  • Stock Market Game™ and investing
  • Math Behind the Market
  • Building a Positive Credit Report
  • Trends in Texas Employment for Today’s students
  • Money management
  • Elementary after school program lessons on PFL
  • E-STEM (ECONOMICS-science,  technology, engineering, MATH)
  • Improving STAAR results
  • Lemonade Day
  • The Game of Real Life
  • Credit Counseling

For complete information click here

Humanities Texas

In June 2014, Humanities Texas will hold FREE three-day professional development institutes for middle school and high school English and social studies teachers. The programs are free of charge to Texas teachers and their schools.

Participants will receive a $200 stipend, as well as CPE credit and a wealth of curricular materials. On-campus housing is available to out-of-town teachers at no cost. Please see our website for further information on stipend, travel reimbursement, and CPE credits.

Humanities topics this summer include:

Teaching the American Literary Tradition
Days: June 10­13
City: Austin, Texas
Location: Julius Glickman Conference Center at The University of Texas at Austin

The United States in the 1960s
Days: June 9­12
City: Austin, Texas
Location: Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library

The United States in the 1960s
Days: June 10­13
City: Houston, Texas
Location: University of Houston

The United States in the 1860s
Days: June 16­19
City: San Antonio, Texas
Location: The University of Texas at San Antonio

The United States in the 1860s
Days: June 17­20
City: Denton, Texas
Location: The University of North Texas

Please visit our website for further information and on how to apply.


The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), funded by the Freeman Foundation, is a multi-year initiative to encourage and facilitate teaching and learning about East Asia in elementary and secondary schools nationwide. NCTA is a premier provider of professional development on East Asia. You can find more information about NCTA and NCTA at Trinity at the following websites:


http://web.trinity.edu/x3993.xml http://web.trinity.edu/x4711.xml

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Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed

From October 4 to December 31, 2014, Irving Arts Center, in partnership with National Geographic, will present an exciting exhibition.  Peruvian Gold:  Ancient Treasures Unearthed will showcase extraordinary objects from Peru’s pre-Inca heritage.  This remarkable collection of ancient gold and silver artifacts excavated from Peru’s legendary royal tombs will be an incredible educational experience.  It is our hope that schools in our local community will take advantage of this unique opportunity that will only be exhibiting in Washington, DC and Irving, Texas.  We have outlined here just a few of the TEKS that would be met as a result of taking part in the Peruvian Gold experience.

This exhibition is a visual representation of National Geographic’s longstanding relationship with Peru, which began with National Geographic’s coverage of Hiram Bingham’s excavation of Machu Pichu in 1911.   This relationship undoubtedly contributed to the centerpiece of the exhibition, El Tocado, the largest and most ornate Pre-Columbian headdress ever discovered.  It dates from the Middle Sican period (A. D. 900-1100) and has not been displayed in the United States prior to this exhibition.  There are many other astonishing discoveries of ancient treasures made by archaeologists in Peru over the last fifty years.  Peruvian Gold will take visitors on a journey through the lavishly illustrated stories from the pages of National Geographic that have documented these discoveries.   The exhibition uses many maps, timelines, photos, text panels, and video to bring this journey to life.Peruvian gold

In addition to providing visitors with the opportunity to get up close and personal with stunning examples of the ancient treasures unearthed, the exhibition also explains how the artifacts reflect the customs, beliefs, and ideals of the cultures that produced and utilized them.  A map and timeline of Peru’s earliest civilizations serve as the starting point for visitors.  It then continues with the iconography, craftsmanship, and ceremonial heritage of these complex societies.

The exhibition is organized thematically with the first group emphasizing the importance of symbolism in Peruvian culture through intricate animal masks and impressive breastplates worn by dignitaries and priests.  It then moves to highlight objects that illustrate ancient Peruvian craftsmanship, attire, rituals, and even libations.  By completing the journey through Ancient Peru, visitors will have the opportunity to not only explore ancient Peruvian civilizations, but develop a better understanding of why Peruvian cultures still dazzle the world today.

The educational value of this exhibition can be measured in the numerous TEKS alignments for many grades levels, but for high school students taking World History as well as for Art/Art History students.  Additionally, many TEKS alignments can be seen in World Geography.  We are in the process of developing educational materials to be used in conjunction with field trips to the exhibition.  We plan to distribute these materials at teacher workshops prior to the start of the 2014-15 school year.  It is our mission to collaborate with area schools to enrich and educate whenever possible.  This exhibition will bring ancient history to life.  What better way to educate than to give students tangible historical objects with which to form real connections, and perhaps inspiring interest and further investigation.  We hope you will take advantage of this incredible experience and allow the Irving Arts Center the opportunity to partner in furthering the education of your students.  The group rate for this exhibition is $5 per student.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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Crow Canyon Archaeological Center Workshop


Reminder: Apply by March 4!

This year, the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center will offer two weeklong NEH Summer Landmarks workshops for K–12 educators: Mesa Verde National Park: Convergences and Crossroads in the American Southwest.

Guided by Crow Canyon archaeologists, educators, and American Indian scholars, workshop participants will explore Pueblo Indian history amid the landscape and architecture of Mesa Verde National Park, the first place in the United States to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The workshop includes:

  • Experiential learning focused on how we learn about the unwritten past
  • Hands-on archaeological fieldwork
  • Field trips at Mesa Verde (with two nights at the park’s Far View Lodge)

Two sessions are available: June 22–28 or July 20–26, 2014. We welcome applications from all interested participants—no previous anthropology or archaeology experience required! Each scholar receives a $1,200 stipend to cover the cost of travel and living expenses. For program details and application instructions, visit our website. The application deadline is March 4, 2014 (postmark). For information about all 2014 NEH Summer Institutes and Workshops, visit the NEH website. Questions? E-mail us or call 800.422.8975, ext. 157.

Kathy Stemmler
Crow Canyon Director of Education

The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation


  The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation
July 6 – 12, 2014 (or) July 20 – 26, 2014

Dear K-12 Colleagues:

We are currently accepting applications for our National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop for teachers. We hope you will consider applying for this week-long workshop and joining us in Chicago this summer for The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation.

Workshop Highlights 
The skyscraper, more than any other building type, gives American cities their distinctive character. We’ll explore the impact of the skyscraper on Chicago and the nation through six major themes: myth, geography, urban culture, representation, identity and new landmarks. Educators teaching American history, urban studies, geography and American literature will especially benefit from the experience.

This workshop will engage you in exploring how to use buildings as primary sources in your K–12 social sciences, language arts, science, mathematics and fine and visual arts teaching.

The American Skyscraper workshop is a unique, scholarly experience for master educators. Each day includes lectures, field studies, hands-on activities and classroom applications. Past participants often cite the workshop as a highlight in their professional development.

More Info + How to Apply
Our website includes detailed information on workshop themes, faculty scholars, workshop staff, accommodations and feedback from previous participants, as well as complete application procedures. www.architecture.org/NEH

Application Deadline
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 (postmark deadline)

$1200 to help offset your costs of housing, travel, and food

If you have specific questions, please contact us directly atNEHLandmarks@architecture.org. We look forward to receiving your application!


Jennifer Masengarb, Project Director
and the CAF Youth + Teacher Team

The Chicago Architecture Foundation inspires people to discover why design matters. As a non-profit architecture center, we pursue this mission through interpretive tours, exhibitions, curricula, special events, web experiences, and youth and adult learning programs.



Secret Culture, Public Lives: Slavery in the Colonial Chesapeake NEH Landmarks Teacher Workshop

Historic London Town and Gardens is excepting applications for their NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Summer Workshop, entitled Secret Culture, Public Lives: Slavery in the Colonial Chesapeake. These workshops are open to teachers in grades K-12 as well as school administration. For more information, please visit http://neh.historiclondontown.com

During Secret Culture, Public Lives: Slavery in the Colonial Chesapeake, a NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Summer Workshop we will explore the intricacies of slavery in the colonial Chesapeake region. Each weeklong session will focus on these two essential questions: Question 1) What roles did spirituality, foodways, cultural traditions, and community formations play in helping enslaved people transition from the Old World to the colonial Chesapeake? And Question 2) How have these expressions endured and shaped our modern Chesapeake regional identity and culture?

The structure of the Summer Workshop is carefully planned around different daily themes. Scholarly lectures and discussions will be coupled with hands-on multi-sensory experiences (hands-on history). Each weeklong workshop session will use Historic London Town and Gardens, Historic Annapolis, the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, and Sotterley Plantation as backdrops for exploration and study.  Each location represents a different experience/setting in the lives of the enslaved here in the Chesapeake region: Sotterley as a rural 18th century plantation, London Town as smaller early 18th century urban seaport, and Annapolis as a larger mid-18th century city. During the week long workshop, NEH Summer Scholars will begin to understand and experience how Africans negotiated an unfamiliar new world as they sought to retain their own traditions and identities. These historic sites will illustrate the degree to which spirituality, foodways, material culture and community formations shaped the lives and experiences of enslaved people.

This NEH workshop will take place at Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater, Maryland a 23-acre park owned by Anne Arundel County and operated by the non-profit London Town Foundation. London Town was once a prosperous 18th century tobacco port on the Chesapeake Bay which was one of a number of ports for entry for thousands of African slaves during the colonial period.

For more information please visit http://neh.historiclondontown.com or email Lisa Robbins,education@historiclondontown.org

Hilton Teacher Treks: a Scholarship Opportunity for K-12 Teachers

Hilton Worldwide Teacher Treks Program
A Scholarship Opportunity for K-12 Teachers!
Announcing the launch of the Hilton Worldwide Teacher Treks Program 2014 for K-12 teachers!The Hilton Worldwide Teacher Treks Program is meant to bring people together and foster greater understanding between the U.S. and other countries. The Institute of International Education (IIE) administers the Hilton Worldwide Teacher Treks Program on behalf of Hilton Worldwide.  For the 2014 year of the program, teachers will be asked to choose one of the following two tracks as a focus for their program: Teach Abroad Grant or Travel Grant.  


Teach Abroad Grant
The Teacher Treks Program “Teach Abroad” track was established to allow ESL/ELL teachers the opportunity to teach abroad for 2-3 weeks to provide educational workshops to Hilton employees in key emerging hotel markets. The purpose of Teach Abroad is to increase Hilton employees’ knowledge of American culture and customs in hotel markets that will see an influx of American tourists. Selected Teach Abroad awardees will be placed at a Hilton hotel for 2-3 weeks. The timeline for this track of the program is during the 2014 summer months (June-August).

Travel Grant

The Hilton Teacher Treks “Travel Grant” track was established to recognize teachers who build awareness of cultural diversity within the classroom and to provide an opportunity for them to further their commitment to acting as cultural curators and molding the future generation of travelers. Travel Grant awardees are offered the opportunity to go abroad for 2-3 weeks to travel, explore and experience culture firsthand with an itinerary of their own design. The timeline for this track of the program is during the 2014 summer months (June-August).


  • Be a U.S. citizen living in the U.S., District of Columbia or a U.S. territory or protectorate
  • Be fluent in English
  • Be a K-12 classroom teacher of any subject* currently employed full-time at an accredited school in the U.S., District of Columbia or a U.S. territory or protectorate
  • 3 years minimum teaching experience at the time of application

*Applicants to the Teach Abroad track of the program must be ESL/ELL teachers

Participating Countries

  • The participating countries for the Teach Abroad Grant are still being developed by IIE and Hilton Worldwide. Teachers who apply to this option of the Hilton Teacher Treks Program must be willing to go abroad to any country designated by Hilton Worldwide. The priority of the program is to place teachers on this track in a country where their skills are most needed, so we encourage teachers to be flexible if offered an assignment.
  • Teachers applying to the Travel Grant track may apply to the program in any of the countries where Hilton properties are located, including all affiliate brands. Teachers can browse locations on Hilton’s website.


Apply online today! www.iie.org/hiltonteachertreks

Application deadline: February 26, 2014

Questions? Contact teachertreks@iie.org

Global Education PD Opportunity for Teachers

At IREX, we are excited to announce a new application cycle for the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program! The application for the 2014-2015 program is now available online and will be open untilMarch 11, 2014 (11:59 pm EST).

TGC is a year-long professional development opportunity for U.S. middle and high school teachers, which aims to globalize teaching and learning in their classrooms and schools. Global education is integral to building 21st century skills. Accordingly, the TGC Program provides teachers with:

An online course that helps teachers integrate global education objectives into their curriculum
A Global Education Symposium in Washington, DC
A two or three week international travel fellowship
A chance to apply for grant funding for international projects for their school
Continuing Education Units

TGC is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and is implemented by IREX. Participants are selected through a national, open competition.

For more information about the TGC Program and access to the online application, please follow this link: www.irex.org/tgc.