The American Memory Fellows Program is an exciting opportunity for
outstanding teachers, librarians, and media specialists to work with the
Library of Congress in better understanding how primary sources can enrich
grades 4-12 curricula. This is a yearlong professional development
opportunity, the cornerstone of which is the summer institute, held this
year in Washington, DC, at the Library of Congress, in two sessions: July
16-21 or July 23-28, 2000.
The American Memory Fellows Institute
The American Memory Fellows Institute sponsors 24 two- person-teams of
exemplary grade 4-12 educators to come to Washington for a summer
institute. Each six- day session will accommodate 12 teams of 24 Fellows.
Teams will not attend both sessions; however, to be eligible to apply,
teams must be available for both sessions. To apply, use the application
found on-line at website shown below.
Applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2000.
During the 6-day institute, Fellows will work with Library of Congress
staff and consultants, examine both actual and virtual primary source
artifacts-photographs, maps, graphic arts, video, documents, and texts -
plus learn strategies for working with these electronic primary source
materials, and develop sample teaching materials that draw upon the
American Memory online materials.
The Fellowship Year
Following the Institute, Fellows will continue to develop, refine, and
'road test' their teaching materials with other colleagues and
students. These teacher-created materials are then edited for
presentation on the Library of Congress Learning Page at
http://learning.loc.gov/learn/. Throughout the school year, Fellows
participate in on-line discussion groups as this process evolves.
American Memory Fellows, as mentors to their professions, are also asked
to share their knowledge with other colleagues throughout the nation at workshops and seminars, or in writing.
The Library is seeking applications from 2-member teams of humanities
teachers, librarians, and media specialists who:
Have frequent access to and a high level of comfort using the World
Wide Web, e-mail and other technologies;
Have experience using primary sources to motivate students, promote
critical thinking, and help students connect history to their own lives;
Are active leaders in their fields, and/or have the ability to
disseminate their expertise to teachers and/or librarians in their
community and region;
Work with student populations that are diverse (e.g. by region, income,
race and ethnicity, language, disability, etc.).
If you meet these criteria, please print out and complete our online
application at http://learning.loc.gov/learn/amfp/intro.html. You may
make copies of the application for interested colleagues.
Remember, applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2000. (No
email, fax or disk-based applications, please.) Notification letters to
all applicants will be mailed the week of April 24, 2000.
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