Teacher Programs

The NJCH Teacher Institute provides professional development programs for New Jersey K-12 educators and recognizes outstanding work by teachers of humanities disciplines. Questions relating to Teacher Institute programming should be directed to Mary Grace Whealan at mwhealan@njch.org. Applications available under each program tab AND in the “Applications” tab. Teacher Institute programs include:


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Applications are now available for submission through an online form. Please direct any questions to MaryGrace Whealan, Program Officer for teacher workshops, at mwhealan@njch.org.  Please note, applications must be submitted in full. 

  • Social Justice in Young Adult Literature [ April 11 & 18 at Montclair State University ] APPLICATION


  • Teaching Ferguson and Beyond [ April 24 at Kean University ] APPLICATION

Social Justice in Young Adult Literature

April 11 and 18, 2015 (Saturdays) 9 AM – 5 PM Montclair  State University Workshop Leader: Dr. Laura Nicosia, Montclair State University, English Department

Increase student understanding of diversity & various world views. Develop new ways to help students struggling with their place in the world through the use of literary discussion. Registration: $40. 16 Hours of Professional Development Credit. Breakfast and Lunch included.

Teaching Ferguson and Beyond

April 24 (Friday) 9 AM – 4 PM Location TBD Presenters: Dr. Abigail Perkiss, Kean University, and others TBD

Help students think critically while engaging with primary documents & media. Explore contemporary racial & political issues through discussion with activists, legal experts, & historians.  Registration: $30. 7 Hours of Professional Development Credit. Breakfast and Lunch included. 

Teacher Seminars

Call with questions: 609-695-4838  or e-mail: mwhealan@njch.org.       Check back soon!   Teacher Institute seminars are three-day tuition-free courses; lunch is provided. Activities at the seminars include lectures, discussions,  films, writing workshops, curriculum planning, and opportunities to network with scholars and teaching colleagues.  

For the past eighteen years, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities has recognized the best of our state’s K-12 public school teachers and their outstanding achievements in teaching the humanities to our young people.

What kind of teacher do we look for?

An elementary, middle school or high school teacher who understands the complexity, value and richness of the humanities, including such subjects as history, literature and language arts, the theory and history of the arts, comparative religion, world cultures and ethics. Teachers who explore these subjects with their students often use an interdisciplinary approach. Such teachers are creative and help others to see new perspectives. They frequently serve as role models for other teachers. They are, simply, the best of teachers. The Teacher of the Year receives a $500 prize; his or her school receives $500 for the purchase of humanities resources that are chosen by the Teacher of the Year. We encourage your participation in the Teacher of the Year awards program in 2015!

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