Professional Development Resources
Library of Congress Primary Source Online Modules
Free online professional development for utilizing and teaching with primary sources. Earn varying Library of Congress certificates of completion by completing the Library’s self-paced interactive modules. Each program delivers approximately one hour of staff development.
Understanding Sacrifice is a year-long professional development opportunity that takes eighteen teachers on a journey of exploration and discovery through the lives of American heroes of WWII. The program is conducted by National History Day®, the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), and the National Cemetery Administration. Travel fees, materials, and most costs are covered for all accepted teachers. In return, teachers produce educational materials in a variety of disciplines from art to science and, of course, history. These classroom resources are then hosted for free on http://abmceducation.org/ to help teachers around the world reinvigorate the teaching and learning of WWII.
ed2go offers online professional certification classes that are set up specifically for people who are already in the workforce. They offer a diverse catalog featuring everything from beginners grant writing to varying teacher development courses.
- Note: ed2go is used by many universities around the country within their respected Continuing Education Departments. Find the course that best fits your needs within the catalog, and then search online for universities that offer that same course via their own online channels. Often universities will offer the exact same ed2go classes but at varying rates, allowing you to get the credit through the University title of your choice, while also giving you the ability to find a course that caters to your budget. You do not have to be enrolled at the universities to take these courses, but the certificate will say you achieved it through their respected Continuing Education Department.
National Endowment for Humanities
NEH offers workshops for teachers who want to learn more about American History or other humanities subjects. Teachers can take a one-week workshop to learn how to utilize historical material and archival resources. The workshop is rigorous, but allows educators to work with highly devoted scholars.
National Endowment for Humanities Summer Seminars and Institutes
A program offered by the National Endowment for Humanities gives grant support to teachers who want to work in a summer workshop. These workshops last between one to four weeks on average. All workshops provide models for excellent teaching and scholarship. The workshops focus on helping educators learn new topics, and aim to broaden the understanding of the humanities, and create inquiry in your classroom.