Where can I find the application cover sheet?
https://securegrants.neh.gov/education/participants/

Can I send my application materials electronically?
No, all applications must be mailed.

Do I need letters of recommendation?
Letters of recommendation are no longer required. On your resume, you must provide the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of two professional references.

Is the institute only for history teachers?
All K-12 school teachers are welcome to apply. Preference will be given to teachers who in their application essay effectively demonstrate how this content will inform their classroom teaching.

Is the institute open to college and community college faculty?
No. The programs are designed principally for full-time and part-time K-12 classroom teachers and librarians in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, as well as home schooling parents. Other K-12 personnel, including administrators, substitute teachers, and classroom professionals are also eligible to participate. Complete eligibility requirements can be found here. 

When will I know whether I’ve been accepted?
Applicants who have been selected to participate will be notified on Monday, March 31, 2014 and will have until Friday, April 4 to accept or decline the offer.

What are my chances of being accepted?
This is the first time we are offering this institute, so it is difficult to approximate how many applications we will receive. Regardless of total number of applicants, we will only take 30 participants.

When will I receive my stipend? Is it taxable?
Participants will receive a $2,100 stipend, with the first half distributed on the first day of the institute and the second half distributed on the last day. The stipend is taxable. Participants staying in the provided housing will have the housing costs deducted from the stipend before receiving it.

What does my stipend cover?
The stipend is intended to help defray costs of attending the institute, including travel, housing, meals, etc. Participants staying in the provided housing will have the housing costs deducted from the stipend before receiving it.

Can I arrange for my own accommodations/am I responsible for doing so?
The New-York Historical Society will be providing accommodations that will be paid for using a portion of the participants’ stipend. Participants may choose to find his/her own accommodations, but must inform the project directors of this upon accepting a spot in the institute. Be aware that hotel rooms in New York City in the summer months cost upwards of $300/night. Participants are strongly encouraged to stay in the provided housing in order to get to know their colleagues.

Is the stipend enough to cover all costs associated with the institute?
The stipend is intended to help cover project expenses.

May I obtain credit for this course?
On the last day of the institute you will be given a certificate of completion which may assist in pursuing continuing education credits in your home district or state. The New-York Historical Society cannot grant credit for the institute.

When should I plan to arrive/leave?
Plan to arrive in New York by late afternoon on Sunday, July 13. We will have a welcome dinner for all participants at approximately 6:30 that evening. The institute will end at 3:30 on Friday, July 25.

Should I bring a car?
Bringing a car is strongly discouraged. Parking is not provided and is often quite difficult to find and/or expensive. The subway is the fastest and most convenient method of travel in NYC, and participants will be provided with Metrocards.

Can I bring my family, etc. with me?
We advise that you do not bring a partner or family members with you. Accommodations will not be provided for your family, and it will likely be far more expensive to find alternate accommodations during the summer months.

Is wifi available?
The institute classroom will have free wifi and printing from 8:30am-5pm every day. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptops, though it is not required. The provided housing has a free unsecure wireless network as well.

Are meals provided?
Participants are responsible for all meals, with the exception of the welcome dinner on the evening of Sunday, July 13.

What is summer weather like in NYC? Will the provided housing be air conditioned? What kind of clothing should I bring?
The average high for NYC in July is around 85 degrees and the average low is around 69 degrees. However, some days can reach up to 100 degrees. The museum is air conditioned and temperatures do fluctuate. Participants should prepare to dress in light layers and pack accordingly for these conditions.  Housing will be air conditioned.

Will we be able to bring materials out of the museum/library?
All research using material from the museum’s and/or library’s collections must be done in the building. However, much of the collections are accessible online offsite. Curriculum materials, print outs of primary/secondary resources, and books provided in the course may be taken outside of the institution.

Will I be able to access the museum’s resources during hours that the Institute is not in session?
Participants will have full access to the building during hours of the institute as well as when the building is open to the public. Building hours can be found here. Note that in the summer the library is closed on the weekends,  but it will be kept open until 4:30 pm for Institute participants (except on Monday July 14th and Friday July 25th).

What is included in the course pack we will be given?
The course pack will include reproductions of primary sources, scholarly articles, and other classroom resources.

Will teaching strategies for all ages be discussed?
Yes, though we will focus more on middle and high school. We will encourage participants to sit in groups based on grade levels they teach so they can discuss strategies and content with colleagues.

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