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Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program for U.S. Teachers
The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program for U.S. Teachers sends expert U.S. K-12 teachers and educators to participating countries to support projects identified by U.S. embassies and Fulbright commissions in schools, teacher training colleges, government ministries or educational nongovernmental organizations.
Harvard offers online course for preK-12 teachers
Harvard University is offering the online course “Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions: Best Practices in the Question Formulation Technique” beginning this month. Students who learn to ask their own questions become more curious, take ownership of their learning and demonstrate greater comprehension of challenging content. The ability to ask one’s own questions is, indeed, one of the most important lifelong learning skills a student can acquire in the course of their education and, yet, it is rarely deliberately taught to all students. The workshop will offer a differentiated active learning experience in the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), a simple yet robust method for teaching students to ask better questions. The technique was developed through years of trial and error and practice-based research. Tuition is $199 and the dates are April 15-May 5. Participants will receive a certificate indicating completion of 10 clock hours of instruction.
Library of Congress Opens Applications for Teacher-in-Residence
The Library of Congress is seeking applications from current K-12 civics teachers for one Teacher-in-Residence position within its Learning and Innovation Office during the 2019-2020 school year. The Learning and Innovation team develops and delivers programs to make the library's unparalleled collections of primary sources visible, accessible and easy for K-12 teachers to integrate into classroom instruction. Previous Teachers-in-Residence have led professional development workshops, conducted original research, developed teaching materials, wrote for publication, and led and supported projects to reach a diverse audience of educators nationwide. This is the first time the library has specifically recruited a civics teacher for this opportunity. Applications are due on Monday, April 8.

Library of Congress offers webinars
The Library of Congress is offering the following webinars.

  • The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AABP) in the Classroom – April 4, 7 p.m. Join AAPB, LOC and WGBH education staff to learn about the collection and share resources on how to use with students. Former Teacher-in-Residence Tom Bober will share teaching ideas. Leave with knowledge of a digital and openly available online archival collection of historic public broadcasting programs that document important historical and culturally significant topics, events and people of the 20th and 21st centuries. Space is limited.
  • Exploring Social Justice Through the Arts Part II – April 16 The Library of Congress documents over a century of folk music, including diverse recordings of familiar songs. What can students learn about the cultural, social and historical context of musicians by comparing these recordings? In this webinar, participants will explore several recordings of “This Little Light of Mine” to learn how inquiry leads students to learn about music and those who make it. Though the specific webinar content may be used in a general or vocal music classroom, the strategies presented can engage students across content areas. Certificates are available for live attendance.
  • Creatively Exploring the 12-Bar Blues – April 30, 4 p.m. The 12-bar blues is a distinctively American musical form, which many diverse musicians have used to express their experiences and connect with others. Blues music provides a rich field for young musicians to create, perform and respond. It also provides a lens to explore historical periods and can empower students to express their own historical perspectives in an engaging, multimodal way. In this webinar, participants will experience several blues pieces from the Library of Congress. Participants will discuss how students can use these primary sources to develop musical and historical understandings and how these understandings empower students’ own creative works. Certificates are available for live attendance.