NEH LANDMARKS OF AMERICAN HISTORY:
WORKSHOPS FOR SCHOOLTEACHERS
APPLICATION INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS
Landmarks of American History Workshops are offered by the National
Endowment for the Humanities to provide K-12 educators with the
opportunity to engage in intensive study and discussion of important
topics and issues in American history, while providing them with
direct experiences in the interpretation of significant historical
sites and the use of archival and other primary historical evidence.
Prior to completing an application, please review the accompanying
letter from the project director and consider carefully what is
expected in terms of residence and attendance, reading and writing
requirements, and participation in the work of the project.
Landmarks Workshops will allow 40-50 teachers at a time to collaborate
with core faculty and visiting scholars. The Workshops are designed
to present the best available scholarship on a specific landmark
or related cluster of landmarks, while enabling participants to
gain a sense of the importance of historical places, to make connections
between the Workshop content and what they teach, and to develop
enhanced teaching materials for their classrooms.
Wiping Away the Tears: Renewing Cherokee Culture and American
History through the Cherokee Heritage Center and the Trail of Tears
is an opportunity for high school teachers (9-12) in social science,
literature, and art to participate in a National Endowment for the
Humanities (NEH) workshop. Other educators – administrators, home
school teachers, and those in other disciplines or grades – are
also welcome to participate by demonstrating an interest in line
with the design of this project in their one page essay that is
part of their application.
These projects are designed principally for classroom teachers
in public, private, parochial, and charter schools, as well as home
schooling parents. Other K-12 school personnel, including administrators,
substitute teachers, classroom paraprofessionals, and librarians,
are eligible to participate, subject to available space.
Teachers at schools in the United States or its territorial possessions
or Americans teaching in foreign schools where at least 50 percent
of the students are American nationals are eligible for this program.
Applicants must be United States citizens, residents of U.S. jurisdictions,
or foreign nationals who have been residing in the United States
or its territories for at least the three years immediately preceding
the application deadline. Foreign nationals teaching abroad are
not eligible to apply.
Applicants must complete the NEH application cover sheet and provide
all of the information requested below to be considered eligible.
An individual may apply to and participate in no more than
two Landmarks projects.
A selection committee (consisting of the project director and co-director,
one of the project scholars, and a veteran teacher) will read and
evaluate all properly completed applications. Special consideration
is given to the likelihood that an applicant will benefit professionally
and personally from the Workshop experience. It is important, therefore,
to address each of the following factors in preparing the application
• your professional background and interest in the subject of the
• your special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute
to the Workshop; and
• how the experience would enhance your teaching or school service.
STIPEND, TENURE, AND CONDITIONS OF AWARD
Teachers selected to participate will receive a stipend of $500.
Stipends are intended to help cover travel expenses to and from
the Workshop location, books, and ordinary living expenses. Stipends
are taxable. Travel supplements for those traveling long distances
will be available but will be allocated after participants are selected,
on a case-by-case basis, at the time of the workshop or shortly
Workshop participants are required to attend all scheduled meetings
and to engage fully in all project activities. Participants who,
for any reason, do not complete the full tenure of the project must
refund a pro-rata portion of their stipend.
Should participants wish to earn CEUs, they will be required to
do a project, due after the workshop.
Participants will provide NEH with an assessment of their Workshop
experience, especially in terms of its value to their personal and
professional development. You will be asked to provide a confidential
evaluation at the close of the Workshop.
The accompanying letter from the project director describes in
detail the content of the Workshop, the institutional setting, what
is expected of participants, and specific provisions for lodging
and subsistence. If you do not have such a letter, please request
one from the project director before you attempt to compete and
submit your application. All application materials should
be sent to
J. Scott Lee
Wiping Away the Tears Landmarks Project
Association for Core Texts and Courses
Liberal Arts Institute at St. Mary’s College of California
1928 St. Mary’s Road
Moraga, CA 94556-2744
Sending application materials and reference letters to
the Endowment will result in delay. Please indicate on
the application cover sheet your first and second choices of Workshop
CHECKLIST OF APPLICATION MATERIALS
The following items constitute a completed application:
- three copies of the completed application cover sheet,
- three copies of your résumé,
- three copies of an application essay (no longer than one double-spaced
outlined below, and
- one letter of recommendation (sent separately).
The Application Cover Sheet
The application cover sheet must be filled out on line
at this address:
Please fill it out on line as directed by the prompts. You will
have to fill in the data to move from one page to the following.
When you are finished, print it out. At that point you will be asked
if you want to apply to another workshop. If you do, follow the
prompts and select another workshop and then print out the cover
sheet for that workshop.
Please include a detailed résumé.
The Application Essay
The application essay should be no more than one double spaced
page. The essay should address your professional background and
interest in the subject of the Workshop; your special perspectives,
skills, or experiences that would contribute to the Workshop; and
how the experience would enhance your teaching or school service.
Applicants should provide a letter of recommendation from their
school principal, department head, district administrator, or home-schooling
association president as appropriate. It is helpful for referees
to read a copy of the description of the project sent by the director
and the application essay. It is the applicant's responsibility
to ask the referee to send the recommendation letter directly to
the project director and to make certain that the
letter is mailed to arrive not more than one week after the deadline:
March 15, 2005.
SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS AND NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE
Completed applications should be submitted to the project
director and should be postmarked no later than
March 15, 2005. The project encourages early applications,
before the due date.
Successful applicants will be notified of their selection by April
5, 2005, and they will have until April 20, 2005 to accept or decline
the offer. Applicants who will not be home during the notification
period should provide an address and phone number where they can
be reached. No information concerning the status of an application
will be available prior to the official notification period.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT
Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
national origin, sex, disability, or age. For further information,
write to NEH Equal Opportunity Officer, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave.,
N.W., Washington, D.C. 20506. TDD: 202/606 8282 (this is a special
telephone device for the Deaf).