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Teacher Programs for 2013:
The National Portrait Gallery provides professional development workshops throughout the academic year to teachers. Integrating portraiture into the classroom can provide exciting opportunities to connect students with history, biography, visual art, and many other subjects. Some workshops focus on specific exhibition themes, while others take a broader look at the museum’s collection. All workshops require preregistration and include interactive tours of a selected exhibition, hands-on components, and take-away resources that provide teachers with innovative ideas and techniques they can adapt for classroom use. All programs take place in the National Portrait Gallery’s Education Center, Room E151, in the “American Origins” exhibition on the first floor.
The Civil War in Lincoln’s Washington
Summer Teacher Institute
The institute will be held July 8–11, 2013
Retrace Abraham Lincoln’s footsteps and explore mid-nineteenth-century Washington in “The Civil War in Lincoln’s Washington” Summer Teacher Institute with the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Join colleagues in a four-day exploration of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and the African American experience during the Civil War, using the nation’s capital as a backdrop. In addition to utilizing the extensive collection of portraits of Lincoln at the National Portrait Gallery, participants will also visit and work with educators at President Lincoln’s Cottage and Ford’s Theatre. The institute will be held July 8–11, 2013. Core-subject teachers for grades 4–12 may apply as individuals or as part of a team. Priority will be given to social studies and English/language-arts teachers.
Institute participants will:
To ensure participation, a nonrefundable program fee of $100 per person is due upon acceptance into the teacher institute. Participants are responsible for travel and lodging costs.
Please direct queries to: firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-633-8503.
- Gain expertise from museum educators, curators, and content experts through gallery talks, discussions, and hands-on activities
- Learn to use portraiture in the classroom: identifying and analyzing key components of a portrait and relating visual elements to relevant historical context and significance.
- Make interdisciplinary connections among portraiture, social studies, and English/language arts
- Develop and share lesson ideas with colleagues
Application deadline extended to May 1, 2013.
Download and print application here:
Summer Teacher Institute Application
Funding for “The Civil War in Lincoln’s Washington” Summer Teacher Institute is provided by The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, dedicated to perpetuating and expanding Lincoln’s vision for America and completing America’s unfinished work.
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National Portrait Gallery
Washington, D.C. 20013-0712
Please use the printable registration for all teacher workshops, and be sure to include all required information. The application should be emailed to the address above.
In addition to our scheduled professional development workshops, we are able to accommodate groups for customized workshops or in-service days. Please call or email; we will work with you to develop a program appropriate for your group.
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