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Philanthropy in the 20th Century
June 25-29, 2012
Teaching Fellows Program

A Professional Development Program for Teachers
Sponsored by the Rockefeller Archive Center

The Rockefeller Archive Center invites applications for a five-day professional development program for teachers whose courses might draw on the Center's vast archival collections. Successful applicants will be named Rockefeller Archive Center Teaching Fellows. During the week-long program the participants will develop a deep knowledge of the many domains touched by American philanthropy and will create relevant supplements for classroom use.

The third year of the Teaching Fellows 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 reach of Rockefeller philanthropy is vast, extending 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 wide-range 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 at Kykuit, the Union Church, and other nearby venues; and ample 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 Rockefeller Archive Center website.

The fellows will receive either a $500 stipend from the Rockefeller Archive Center or in-service credit. A certificate of completion will be awarded by the New York State Teacher Center Program, Bedford Staff Development Center. Applicants seeking credit should seek prior approval from their districts. All materials and lunch each day will be provided by the Archive Center.

Awards will be announced by May 15, 2012.


     Erwin Levold, Senior Research Archivist, Rockefeller Archive Center
     Dennis J. Maika, Curriculum Coordinator, Teaching Fellows Program
     James Allen Smith, Vice President and Director of Research, Rockefeller Archive Center

For additional information contact Erwin Levold




NOTIFICATION: by May 15, 2012


INSTRUCTIONS for Letter of Recommendation:

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