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We welcome participants who teach at the high school level in any setting, including public, private, and charter schools, as well as parents who home-school at the high school level. No knowledge of a foreign language is required, since all readings will be in English. Prior to the start of the institute, all participants will be asked to read a one-volume overview of the Reformation, namely Patrick Collinson’s accessible survey, The Reformation: A History (New York: Modern Library, 2004).  Participants will be expected to be in residence for the entire period of the institute.  They should commit to reading and preparing the documents selected for each session and to participate actively in discussions. 

Institute participants who are selected will receive a stipend of $2,600, payable in two installments: one half upon arrival and the other in the middle of the second week.  Participants can use the stipend to cover travel, accommodation, and subsistence costs.

Participants who complete the full three weeks of the institute will be eligible for Continuing Education Units tailored to the requirements of the states and districts in which the participants teach. Calvin College has a strong track record of offering high caliber and popular summer workshops for teachers, and has an efficient system in place for granting CEUs. Given the length and depth of the institute, Calvin College would grant six Continuing Education Units for each participant who requests them, at a cost of $150 total for the 6 CEUs. Calvin College can also offer 6 credits’ worth of Graduate Workshop Credits for participants who are interested in this option. The cost for that option would be $300 total for the six credits. The credits are awarded by the program director and co-director based on participants’ performance on a pass/fail basis. Participants who are admitted to the institute will be asked to indicate in advance which, if any, of these plans they would like to participate in, and will be asked to pay the relevant fees during the first week of the institute.

You will need to fill out the application cover sheet at the following web address: http://www.neh.gov/online/education/participants

You will need to submit the form on-line, but also print out a hard copy and attach it to your application. See the NEH application information and instructions document for further details. Your completed application should be postmarked no later than March 2, 2009, and should be addressed to Dr Karin Maag, Director, H. Henry Meeter Center, Hekman Library, 1855 Knollcrest Circle SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4402.  Perhaps the most important part of the application is the essay that must be submitted as part of the complete package.  This essay should include any personal and academic information that is relevant; reasons for applying to this particular project; your interest, both intellectual and personal, in the topic; qualifications to do the work of the project and make a contribution to it; and what you hope to accomplish by participation, with a particular focus on the relation of the institute’s theme to your current and future teaching.