Whether you are a K–12 teacher or a college professor, Harvard Radcliffe Institute programs can help bring your curriculum to life.
In addition to grants and funding available to educators for research and curricular support, the Institute can host classes in various capacities. Teachers may partner with our Schlesinger Library to introduce students to archival research or to hold a research class in the Schlesinger's dedicated teaching space. Guided tours of our exhibitions are also available.
Teaching with our collections is such an effective way of creating an appetite for original research among undergraduates who may never have used special collections. Having a dedicated teaching space with display screens, a document camera, and flexible furniture for small-group work really is transformative in allowing us to provide creative, experiential learning opportunities for students.
It’s my firm conviction as a teacher and as a scholar that the Schlesinger Library’s work with students is some of the most significant work historians do. The documentary record of ages past comes alive in the hands of young people.
It’s exciting to just let students explore the archive—it doesn’t matter where they go with it, because it’s all real and relevant to what we’re talking about in class.
Grants for Educators
Teacher Support Grants
The Schlesinger Library invites school teachers in grades 6–12 to apply for support for research in our collections connected to work in their classroom. Grants of up to $3,000 will be given on a competitive basis. Priority will be given to those who have demonstrated innovative pedagogy in social studies and history, and whose proposals make a compelling case about the ways materials available only at the Schlesinger Library will be incorporated into the applicant’s curriculum plans. The awards may be used to cover travel and living expenses, photocopies or other reproductions, and other incidental research expenses, but not for the purchase of equipment or travel to other sites for research. Applications for this grant are now being accepted. The deadline for submission is January 29, 2021.Apply for a Teacher Support Grant
Harvard and the Legacy Of Slavery Grants For Course Support
Harvard faculty members instructing undergraduate or graduate students in courses related to the topic of Harvard and the legacy of slavery, broadly defined, may also apply for funding to support research and creative work by students in their classes. Grants to faculty will be up to $5,000, and faculty will be responsible for allocating funds to support their students’ work. Larger grant amounts may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applications for course projects will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning in fall 2020. Funding decisions will be communicated twice per year. Applications must include a course description, a description of the types of student projects envisioned, the number of students enrolled in the course, and a description of how grant funds would be allocated among them. If you are interested in pursuing this funding, please contact Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery.Interested in Funding? Contact the Initiative
Teaching and Learning with Special Collections
The Schlesinger collections can bring your curriculum to life. Learn more about group exploration of these riches.
Highlights: Suffrage School
Gallery and Exhibition Education
Radcliffe Gallery Series
Throughout the course of exhibitions, artists, students, and faculty and staff members, along with local community groups, respond to the show in a series of gallery events open to the public. The series may include live performances as well as meditations and discussions on exhibition themes. The gallery series may occur in person and online; registration is required.View Upcoming Gallery Events
Radcliffe Exhibition Tours
Artists, curators, students, and educators lead private and public tours for groups of all kinds. The tours engage in interdisciplinary themes present in the exhibition and can be tailored for a particular group. Gallery tours occur in person and online.Schedule a Tour
A collaborative teaching resource on the history of women and voting in America, #SuffrageSyllabus explores the tangled history of gender and United States citizenship. It was created by a group of scholars working together with Harvard College students and Schlesinger Library staff as part of the Library’s Long 19th Amendment Project. The semester-long course of readings and assignments—organized around turning points in the history of American voting rights and female citizenship, from 1776 to the present day—is adaptable to a wide variety of classrooms.