Teacher Seminars Online

Teacher Seminars Online

We are pleased to be celebrating thirty years of Teacher Seminars that give K–12 educators the opportunity to study with eminent American history professors and dive deep into primary sources with master teachers. Each seminar is composed of lectures that you can watch on your own schedule as well as live Zoom sessions featuring the scholar, Gilder Lehrman master teachers, partner organizations, and your peers. 


Registration Deadlines: 1 week prior to the start of the seminar’s live sessions
Cost: $25 per seminar
Discounts Available: Email seminars@gilderlehrman.org if you are interested in registering for 3+ seminars to receive special discount codes and offers.

View of Professor Donald Fixico Lecturing
  • 10 Seminars

  • 22 to 24 PD Hours

How to Register for Teacher Seminars

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You can browse available seminars below. Once you know which ones you want to take, click the button to register. Along the way, we ask you to nominate a worthy colleague for History Teacher of the Year before adding seminars to your cart and checking out. The History Teacher of the Year program shines a spotlight on the amazing work of K–12 history educators and, like Teacher Seminars, aims to keep teachers engaged, motivated, and passionate. Thank you!

Nominate Teacher & Select Seminars

2024 Seminars

Week of June 24

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Week of July 1

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  • New for 2024
  • Register by Monday, June 24

American Environmental History

Lead Scholar: Catherine McNeur, Portland State University
Live Sessions: 1:00 pm ET to 3:00 pm ET

Week of July 15

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Week of July 22

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Week of July 29

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  • Register by Monday, July 22
In partnership with the National WWI Museum and Memorial

American Indian History since 1900

Lead Scholar: Donald L. Fixico, Arizona State University
Live Sessions: 3:00 pm ET to 5:00 pm ET

Week of August 5

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  • New for 2024
  • Register by Monday, July 29

Jim Crow and Its Challengers

Lead Scholar: Nikki L. Brown, University of Kentucky
Live Sessions: 1:00 pm ET to 3:00 pm ET

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Teacher Seminar program?

This is the thirtieth year that the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has provided teachers with the opportunity to study in seminars with eminent American history professors and dive deep into primary sources with master teachers. We will be offering ten different seminars online this summer from June 24 to August 8, 2024, as part of a full slate of professional development programming from the Institute this summer. Registration is just $25 per seminar, and you are welcome and encouraged to register for as many seminars as you like. Email us at seminars@gilderlehrman.org if you are interested in registering for three seminars or more for special discount codes and offers.

What's Included?

What does each Teacher Seminar Online include?

  • Lectures: Between 9 and 15 hours of video lectures (also available as MP3 audio files) by leading historians that you can watch or listen to before or after the live sessions
  • Live Sessions: 3 live scholar Q&A sessions, 2 live pedagogy sessions led by Gilder Lehrman master teachers, and 1 live session for open discussion and networking with peers
  • Gilder Lehrman Resources: Selected primary sources, lesson plans, spotlights from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, and other classroom-ready resources
  • Professional Development Credit: A certificate confirming completed hours/CEUs for the seminar (upon successful completion of seminar requirements)

In addition, select seminars are sponsored by museums and historic sites across the country and include special live sessions and resources.


Who is eligible to register for Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars Online?

  • Full-time K–12 teachers of all subjects, principals, and librarians from schools in our Affiliate School Program, along with community college instructors and National Park Service employees, may register.
  • Curriculum specialists and district supervisors may register for Teacher Seminars Online as long as one of the schools they work with is in our Affiliate School Program.

Can I participate in more than one Teacher Seminar Online?

You are welcome and encouraged to register for as many Teacher Seminars Online as you like. Email us at seminars@gilderlehrman.org if you are interested in registering for three seminars or more for special discount codes and offers.


When can I register for a seminar? Is there a deadline to register?

Registration for 2024 Teacher Seminars Online is now open. Registration will remain open for all seminars until capacity is reached or one week prior to the first live session in that seminar (whichever comes first). We encourage teachers to register by May 28 so they have ample time to review all pre-recorded lectures in a seminar before its first live session.

How do I sign up for a Teacher Seminar?

Make sure you are logged into the Gilder Lehrman website and visit https://www.gilderlehrman.org/nhtoy-nomination-teacher-seminars. Before selecting your seminars, we ask you to nominate a teacher for History Teacher of the Year. Once you have done this, please follow the prompts to proceed with your registration.

Seminar Access

When can I access the pre-recorded lectures for my Teacher Seminars?

Participants will be able to access pre-recorded lectures and digital resources beginning Tuesday, May 28, 2024.

How long will I have access to the pre-recorded lectures and other content from my Teacher Seminars?

Participants will have access to their seminar materials through Friday, September 13, 2024.

Live Sessions

When are the scholar Q&A and master teacher pedagogy sessions?

Live sessions for each seminar will take place within the week of that scheduled seminar. Each seminar will have three live scholar Q&A sessions and two pedagogy sessions. Select seminars will have additional live sessions. Please note that some scheduling is subject to change.

How many Q&A and pedagogy sessions do I have to attend?

In order to receive credit for your participation, you must attend all live scholar and master teacher sessions during the week of your seminar. Exemptions for absences due to childcare, health, or professional reasons may be given on a case-by-case basis.

Do any of the seminars conflict or overlap?

We have planned the schedule to minimize live-session overlap wherever possible. This means that you can participate in multiple seminars across weeks or within the same week. However, there may be up to 15 minutes of overlap. Please check the start and end times of all live sessions before submitting your registration.


What technology will I need?

Teacher Seminar participants can view lectures on any device with a good Internet connection, though accessing the seminars on a desktop or laptop computer works best. You will need headphones or speakers to listen to and watch the lectures.

In order to participate in the live Q&A and pedagogy sessions, which will take place on Zoom, you will need a webcam or, at least, your computer’s microphone or a smartphone with the Zoom Android or iOS application installed. There will also be an audio-only option to call in to Q&A and pedagogy sessions using a phone.

How can I access the seminar materials?

All Teacher Seminars will be hosted in the Gilder Lehrman Online Learning Community via TalentLMS. TalentLMS is a cloud-based platform that can be accessed via all browsers, including Firefox, Edge, Chrome, Safari, and Opera. It is also compatible with browsers used by mobile devices (i.e., iOS and Android). All seminar participants will be provided with a TalentLMS account that will give access to lecture videos, online resources, participant discussion boards, and links to all of the live Zoom sessions.


What expenses am I responsible for?

There is a non-refundable $25 registration fee per seminar. Fees are paid by credit card and your space in the seminar is not confirmed until payment is received.

How do I withdraw from a Teacher Seminar?

Please email seminars@gilderlehrman.org to withdraw. If you are certain you can no longer participate in the seminar, please email us to withdraw as soon as possible so we can open this spot up to another teacher. Please note that registration fees are non-refundable.

Professional Development Credit

Can I earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Points (PDPs)?

Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars are generally eligible for CEU and PDP credits, but it is your responsibility to verify eligibility with your school administration or state PD office. (Please note that the Institute is an approved provider of professional development in Massachusetts, Montana, New York, Texas, and Washington State, and in Michigan through a partnership with the Michigan Council for History Education.) If you need more information to determine eligibility than is available on the Teacher Seminars page, please email us at seminars@gilderlehrman.org.

How will I receive my certificate?

Certificates of completion will automatically be shared with participants upon completion of an online seminar (measured by viewing all lectures and participating in all live sessions).

Can I receive graduate credit?

At this time, we are not able to offer graduate credit for our Teacher Seminars. You may wish to consider taking courses in the Gettysburg College–Gilder Lehrman MA in American History program.

Teacher Seminars are made possible by the support of our partners

Logos of the American Jewish Historical Society, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, The Historic New Orleans Collection, the National WWI Museum and Memorial, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute, and UnidosUS