HSP Offers Two Summer Institutes on Teaching Immigration

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HSP Offers Two Summer Institutes on Teaching Immigration


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HSP offers secondary teachers nationwide two opportunities to enhance their teaching of immigration at Becoming U.S. teacher institutes this summer in Philadelphia. Apply now to be considered for these institutes. 

From June 21 to June 26, thirty Summer Scholars will be chosen from a national pool for the NEH-funded The Immigrant Experience through Primary Sources.  Applications for this program close on March 1. July 26-31 forty Pennsylvania teachers may join us for the NHPRC-funded Teaching Historic Immigration in Current Times. Application for the July program close March 8.

Each of the institutes will use the history of immigration to Pennsylvania as a lens for immigration to the country as a whole from the 1700s through today. Teachers will not only be immersed in content but will be exposed to a variety of ways to teach the topic and work with a Master Teacher to develop classroom-ready materials.  Teachers receive a stipend to offset the cost of travel and lodging during the course at the completion of institute. 

The institutes are in collaboration with the Senator John Heinz History Center and the National Museum of American Jewish History. 

Applications for both institutes will be accepted until 5:00 P.M. EST on March 1 or 8, 2020, depending upon the program. Pennsylvania teachers may apply to both institutes, but can only attend one.

About Becoming U.S.

Becoming U.S. is a series of programs launched by HSP in fall 2016 to encourage sharing across ethnicity, race, and citizenship status. In each program, we hear and learn from each other about the human endeavor of transition and settlement. Through civic dialogue, we personalize stories often presented in the media in only the broadest of strokes, to foster a mutual respect and renewed appreciation for the histories of all Philadelphians. We now are expanding this series of public programs to encompass teacher professional development.

Why in Philadelphia? Starting with Dutch, Swedish, and English settlers in the 1600s, the Greater Philadelphia Area has been inhabited by wave after wave of immigrants. Many are drawn to the area for personal or familial reasons, while others are fleeing their homes out of political or economic necessity. They arrive documented, under-documented, or undocumented. Regardless of classification, immigrants' contributions are integral to Philadelphia's culture and history. Philadelphia has always boasted a diverse population, and continues to do so. According to the Brookings Institution, “Among its peer regions, metropolitan Philadelphia has the largest and fastest growing immigrant population, which now stands at over 500,000, comprising 9 percent of the total population.” Behind these sterile statistics lay vivid, individual experiences detailing the human endeavor of transition and settlement: struggles with assimilation, trials in maintaining cultural identity, and perhaps – finally – success in calling Philadelphia “home.”