A stipend of $1,300 will be provided to participants following full participation in and attendance during the Institute. Stipend checks will be mailed to participants’ home addresses upon the completion of the Institute. This stipend is meant to cover some or all of your travel, meals, and housing costs. Stipends are taxable.
Providence offers a variety of lodging options. Summer is a very busy time in Providence. Please book your accommodations as soon as you are accepted in the Institute. A block of rooms are being held at the Hampton Inn And Suites Downtown Providence until April 30. The cost is $149/night. A hot breakfast is included. Parking is available for a fee. The Hampton Inn is about a 10-minute uphill walk to the main campus. The hotel operates a free shuttle on request. The Hampton Inn will also pick up guests at the Providence Airport and Amtrak station.
The Institute will meet in the Pavilion Room in the History Department’s Peter Green House located at 79 Brown Street on Brown’s main campus. The room is air-conditioned. A wealth of restaurants and coffee shops are located nearby.
Providence’s T.F. Green airport (PVD) and Providence’s Amtrak station are your best bets. Providence is also served by Greyhound. Boston’s Logan Airport (BOS) is about an hour away. There is good commuter train service between Boston and Providence. There is really no need for a car while you are in Providence, and in fact it is expensive and can be challenging to park in many parts of the city. We encourage you to arrive by public transport.
Coffee and snacks will be provided each day. Breakfast is on your own, although if you stay at the Hampton Inn a hot breakfast is included. Lunch and dinner are on your own, with the exception of the opening dinner and the closing lunch. There are many, many restaurants and supermarkets within a very short walking distance of both our meeting room and the Hampton Inn.
Extend Your Stay in Providence
Providence, the creative capital, is a fun and lively place to be in the summer! If you are interested in history, live music, a kid-friendly family vacation, or just a relaxing few days at the beach, Rhode Island is where you want to be! Boston and Worcester are an hour away. New York and Portland, Maine, are just a few hours by car or public transport. Rhode Island beaches are more beautiful and less crowded than Cape Cod’s. However, if you plan to extend your time in Little Rhody, it is essential to book early!
The Brown University History Department will provide teachers with a letter documenting attendance, contact hours, and the scope of the work completed during the Institute. In most school districts, the letter and the Institute syllabus can be used to earn professional development credit.
Choices Program Curriculum Units
Participants will receive a two-year Digital Editions individual license to the following units as part of their participation in the Institute:
- The Vietnam War: Origins, Histories, and Legacies (forthcoming, 2023)
- The Civil War and the Meaning Of Liberty
- Imperial America: U.S. Global Expansion, 1890-1915
- A Global Controversy: The U.S. Invasion of Iraq
- The U.S. Role in a Changing World
Institute participants must attend all meetings and engage fully as professionals in the work of the Institute. During the Institute, participants may not undertake teaching assignments or other professional responsibilities. Those who, for any reason, do not complete the full tenure of the project will receive a reduced stipend.
Specific requirements include:
- Attend each day in its entity, arriving on time and ready to begin at 9 am. The room will be opened for informal conversation and coffee will be available by 8:30 am.
- Complete an Implementation Plan, which documents how each participant will use the Framework and resources presented in the Institute when they return to their classroom. Ample time is provided each day during the Institute to work on these plans. Participants will share their plans with other participants during the Institute. Final Implementation Plans will be posted on the Choices website. Plans are typically 4-5 pages in length. They are not lesson plans. They are a statement of how you will apply the framework presented in the seminar to your own teachers. The Plan will include a list of resources you plan to use.
- All participants are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. This requires a respectful attitude toward fellow participants, faculty, guest lecturers, and others in all settings (program sessions, field trips, etc.). Unprofessional behavior will not be tolerated and egregious or repeated violations of this principle will be considered grounds for dismissal from the program at the discretion of the Institute Director. Reasons for dismissal may include, but are not limited to, repeated absences from scheduled activities and disruptive or threatening behavior. Consult the NEH Principles of Civility.
- Evaluation: All participants are required to evaluate their experience and report on their activities and accomplishments under the award. Participants will report at the end of the Institute via online forms provided by the Endowment.
Resources Available to Participants
Participants will have full access to these resources on Brown’s campus:
Depending on public health guidelines related to COVID-19, plans for a residential offering are subject to change. This Institute takes place on Brown University’s campus and will follow all University guidelines regarding COVID, including those for short-term visitors.