Summer Institute: Philadelphia History for Teachers

We’re sorry, this program has been canceled.  Please watch this space for additional professional development opportunities for teachers.


Presented by The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia and our Cultural Partners

July 16-20, 2012 (with project research following, including one-hour consultations with editors July 23-24)

3 Graduate Credits

Join fellow humanities instructors this summer to discover new ways of exploring and teaching Philadelphia history, hands-on and up-close at the 2012 Teacher Institute of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. Guided by renowned historians, archivists, museum educators and editors of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, this course will provide immersive learning experiences at locations related to each day’s session, including: “City of Brotherly Love” and “City of Neighborhoods” at the Philadelphia History Museum; “Cradle of Liberty” at Independence National Historical Park; “Workshop of the World” at the National Archives; and “Corrupt and Contented” at the National Constitution Center. Sessions also include research time at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Urban Archives at Temple University, and the National Archives.

Beyond just lectures, Philadelphia History for Teachers includes hands-on workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, and discussion about putting this knowledge into action in the classroom during the intensive week-long institute. Participants will put the knowledge gained to use in two practical final projects, due August 3:

  • Lesson plans on Philadelphia history or researching local history.
  • An essay on a Philadelphia history topic, including reflection on the craft of researching and writing history.

Essays may be selected to appear in The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, and lesson plans may be selected for posting to the Encyclopedia and its partners’ web sites.

The Institute is being offered through the Professional Institute for Educators at the University of the Arts, with tuition payable to the University. PIE offers discounts to UArts alumni and scholarships for teachers in the School District of Philadelphia.

Register online through the University of the Arts.  

(The title currently is listed incorrectly as “Philadelphia Museums” – but that’s the right one!)


Connecting the Past with the Present, Building Community, Creating a Legacy