Humanities Opportunities for Educators and K-12 Students


Community Project Grants

New Hampshire Humanities funds humanities-based workshops for educators through our Community Project Grants.

Summer Institute for Teachers: Enacting Equity, Inquiry, and Community in the Humanities

This summer Plymouth State University hosts an intensive summer institute for teachers in which they practice humanities skills: reading, listening, analysis, and discussion. They’ll develop integrated critical inquiry units around humanities content to help their students become more active, involved, and engaged. Content includes civil and civic discourse, inclusive history, and issues of race and culture, especially as they pertain to education. With support from New Hampshire Humanities, five afternoon programs offered as part of the Institute are open to the public, including teachers who are not enrolled in the full Institute. All programs will be held from 1:30-4:00 pm on the PSU campus and are free and open to the public. For detailed event information about the following programs, click HERE.

Calling all Social Studies Teachers!

The New Hampshire Historical Society is offering a unique opportunity to learn more about inquiry-based instruction through the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Frameworks. The C3 Frameworks are the national standards for social studies instruction, developed by the National Council for the Social Studies in 2010 and currently being adopted by schools across the country, as they promote high levels of student engagement. These workshops are being led by Professors John Lee and S.G. Grant, who are national leaders in inquiry-design instruction. Held at the New Hampshire Historical Society in Concord, NH, the workshops are offered by grade span, with elementary teachers participating in a one-day workshop (Wednesday, August 7; $90); and middle school and high school teachers participating in a two-day workshop (Thursday, August 8 and Friday, August 9; $350). For more information visit the Programs and Events Calendar on the New Hampshire Historical Society’s website at or contact the Society’s professional development coordinator Katie Corbett at or 603-856-0644. Registration is available throughout Eventbrite (search for "C3 Frameworks").

HYPE (Hosting Young Philosophy Enthusiasts)

We undertake special initiatives with partner organizations, including sponsorship of the acclaimed annual HYPE (Hosting Young Philosophy Enthusiasts) conference that draws more than 1,400 students to a statewide Socratic dialogue called HYPE Day to encourage young people to become more critical thinkers and respectful communicators. To learn more about HYPE, click here.

Constitutionally Speaking
We are a partner in the Constitutionally Speaking project founded by Justice David Souter and providing resources on the teaching of civics to New Hampshire educators. Access those resources on the Constitutionally Speaking website.

Teacher Institutes & Workshops
Summer institutes and workshops funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities support faculty development programs in the humanities for school teachers and for college and university teachers. NEH summer seminars and institutes may be as short as two weeks or as long as five weeks. NEH summer seminars and  institutes extend and deepen knowledge and understanding of the humanities by focusing on significant topics and texts, contribute to the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants, build communities of inquiry and provide models of civility and excellent scholarship and teaching, and link teaching and research in the humanities. Learn more on the NEH's website.