The Rockefeller Archive Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York, is inviting applications for a five-day professional development program for teachers whose courses might draw on the center’s vast archival collections.
During the week-long Rockefeller Archive Center Teaching Fellows program, participants will develop knowledge of the many domains touched by American philanthropy and will create relevant supplements for classroom use.
The third year of the program will offer opportunities for teachers of world history as well as United States history by focusing on Rockefeller philanthropy and the various organizations that have carried out the philanthropic goals of three generations of Rockefeller family members. The geographic reach of Rockefeller philanthropy extends from New York City and the Hudson Valley to Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. The issues addressed by their foundations and nonprofit organizations cover a widerange of topics, including the arts, public health, economic development, environmental protection, war-time relief efforts, and peace-time reconstruction, among many other subjects. The archival collections hold resources that are ideal for those who teach Global History and Geography, AP World History, and AP European History, as well as all levels of U.S. History.
The week at the archive center will include readings, discussions, and lectures about Rockefeller philanthropy; site visits to the family home and other nearby venues; and time to confer with archival staff and to explore primary documents, photographs, and films. As in previous years, each participant will spend the week identifying documents that can be used in the classroom. The lesson plans that emerge will be posted on the center’s Web site.
The fellows will receive either a $500 stipend from the Rockefeller Archive Center or in-service credit.
Complete program information and the application form are available at the archive center website.