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2018 Summer Curriculum Institutes for Teachers

'Civil Rights and the Schoolhouse – A Historiography of American Educational Policy Implications on Students and Teachers'

The Amistad Commission will present two residential programs to be held at two locations. The first Summer Curriculum Institute will be held at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ,July 23-26, 2018, and the secondSummer Curriculum Institute will be held at Kean University in Union, NJ, July 30-August 2, 2018.

The curriculum institutes, which are designed for public school elementary and secondary teachers and administrators with an emphasis on social studies, will give educators access to prominent historians and scholars. The Commission encourages both administrators and teachers to apply for this free professional development opportunity.

Applicants are invited to apply to either the institute at Rowan University or the one at Kean University. Applicants are not restricted by geographic location.

Application is a two-step process:

Step 1: Register for one of the institutes using the following links:

  1. Register for the Southern Region Institute, Rowan University (July 23-26, 2018)
  2. Register for the Northern Region Institute, Kean University, (July 30-August 2, 2018)

Step 2: Submit an application to the Amistad Commission:

  1. Application for Southern Region Institute, Rowan University (July 23-26, 2018)
  2. Application for Northern Region Institute, Kean University (July 30-August 2, 2018)

Completed applications should be submitted to the New Jersey Amistad Commission by Friday, July 6, 2018. Space is limited and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.


All New Jersey public (district, charter school and renaissance project school) and nonpublic (parochial or private school) elementary or secondary teachers and other educators are eligible to participate. Applicants must complete the Amistad application and essay and provide all of the information requested to be considered eligible.

First preference will be given to applicants who commit to full training at their chosen institute. If there are extenuating circumstances, let us know on your application. Commuter applicants must select the commuter option on the application.

To be given full professional-development credit, candidates selected to participate must attend the full sessions for which they are registered. Partial attendance or daily visits are not permitted without prior authorization.

All selected candidates will be notified no later than Wednesday, July 11, 2018. If there are any questions about the application process or the institute, please contact Glender Terrell in the Amistad Commission office by phone at (609) 376-9062 or via email at