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2016 Annenberg-Newseum Summer Teacher Institute

Join Annenberg Learner and the Newseum for a FREE three-day institute for educators who are actively using technology in their classrooms, whether through blogs, social communication tools or creating websites, but are looking for novel uses. Applications are due May 8.

Teachers at the 2014 Annenberg-Newseum Summer Teacher Institute

Exclusive sponsorship for this Summer Teacher Institute has been provided by Annenberg Learner.

“Primarily Digital”

Dates: July 18-20, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day
Where: Newseum, Washington, D.C.
Cost: FREE


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In partnership with Annenberg Learner, the Newseum is excited to offer a FREE three-day institute for teachers. This unique professional development opportunity will explore the power of freedom of expression and cutting-edge blended learning techniques through workshops, exhibit exploration, collaborative sharing and creative thinking. Each day’s schedule includes hands-on activities, exploration of artifacts from our collection with an archivist and time to explore the museum independently. Significant time will be dedicated to adapting participants’ existing lesson plans to incorporate new tools and applications.

“What a dizzying, electrifying, energizing, and craft-changing workshop this has been. I have gotten endless ideas for lesson plans, digital tools, strategies, and resources to use this year.”
Chattahoochee High School teacher Kathy Smith, 2015 Summer Institute alum


Your students use their freedoms of speech and press every day — but how well? Thanks to inventors from Gutenberg to Zuckerberg, your students consume print media, digital media and everything in between. Join Annenberg Learner and the Newseum as we explore the power of freedom of expression and blended learning techniques to develop your students’ literacy skills.

The institute begins by looking backward: What tools do students need to analyze historical primary sources? What tools and tricks can you use to engage students in the process? Next, we’ll examine the opportunities for and challenges of self-expression in our digital landscape. We’ll conclude with a discussion of the ethical considerations that shape the exercise of freedom of press and speech, and apply those ideas to students’ context.

Throughout the workshops, teachers apply what they’ve learned to integrate technology meaningfully into a class or lesson for the 2016-2017 school year.

See the recap from the 2015 institute.


Teachers enjoy free access to the Newseum during the Summer Teacher Institute.

  • Classroom-ready and adaptable resources to implement into existing curriculum.
  • Strategies to implement Common Core, C3 and national standards-aligned curriculum in the classroom including primary source analysis, media literacy and analyzing historical arguments and research.
  • An overview of digital classroom resources from NewseumED and Annenberg Learner, in addition to other new media resources that can be used in the classroom.
  • Discussions with the Newseum curatorial and editorial staff and access to rare items in the Newseum collection.
  • Copies of select primary sources used in the curatorial sessions to take back to the classroom.
  • A private, behind-the-scenes “Tech Tour” of the Newseum’s production and technology centers.
  • A letter of recognition sent to your principal and superintendent.
  • Opportunity to submit a session proposal to present and attend a regional or national conference as the guest of NewseumED and Annenberg Learner.
  • Access to NewseumED staff to personalize a field trip for your class.
  • Complimentary breakfast and lunch each day.
  • (Note: Teachers outside of the D.C. metro area are encouraged to apply, but transportation and housing are not included.)


Practicing grades 6-12 teachers, librarians or media resource specialists who are active creators of online content, whether through blogs, websites or social communication tools, but are looking for novel applications.  Significant time will be dedicated to adapting participants’ existing blended learning lesson plans to incorporate new tools and applications.

(Note: The institute is open to all subject areas, but may be of particular interest to language arts and social studies teachers.)


In return for attending the Annenberg-Newseum Summer Teacher Institute, educators agree to:


  • Complete a pre-institute survey.
  • Send an introduction via social media — tweets with #ANEW16 and a post on a social media platform of their choice (Instagram, Tumblr, etc.).

During the institute

Participants will look back for techniques to analyze historical primary sources

Participants explore behind the scenes pieces of the Newseum’s collection.

  • Actively tweet or post throughout the day about activities, resources, etc.


  • Complete a post-institute survey.
  • Implement a resource or experience created during the institute.
  • Share the results by doing one of the following:
    • Participate in the Newseum’s Teacher Open House on Oct. 1, 2016.
    • Write a blog post for or Annenberg
    • Host a webinar or Twitter chat with NewseumED or Annenberg Learner.
    • Present with NewseumED or Annenberg Learner at an education conference.


  • Participants will be selected via a competitive application process.
  • Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on May 8. (Download a copy of the application. The application must be completed in one sitting; you will not be able to get back into it once you have begun.)
  • Applicants will be notified by May 27.

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Exclusive sponsorship for the 2016 Annenberg-Newseum Summer Teacher Institute has been provided by Annenberg Learner.

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