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First Institute Workshop Announced

This summer the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) will host the inaugural Institute for Louisiana Culture and History (ILCH) intensive workshop for Louisiana social studies K–12 educators on June 12–14, 2023, in New Orleans. This year’s summer workshop will focus on Indigenous, colonial, and African history in 18th-century Louisiana in alignment with the Louisiana Department of Education’s (LDOE) new 6th grade social studies standards.

The summer intensive workshop will provide Louisiana public school social studies educators the opportunity to build their content knowledge by engaging with nationally known historians and scholars, taking field trips promoting experiential learning, and participating in social studies working sessions exploring how to use expanded standards-aligned content found on LEH’s 64 Parishes online encyclopedia,, in the classroom.

The institute will provide a $250 stipend to all participants on completion of the three-day workshop and paid secure parking. The institute will also provide hotel accommodations and mileage and meal reimbursement for participants traveling more than 60 miles from New Orleans.

Click here for the full schedule and list of facilitators

Watch an information session on applying to attend the ILCH workshop here.

Social studies educators and specialists employed by public schools in Louisiana, with a preference for those working with 6th grade social studies content, are encouraged to apply.

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Application time is approximately 15 minutes. Applications close April 23 and selected participants will be notified on May 1. In order to ensure maximal attendance at institute workshops, we ask that all applicants agree to attend if selected to participate.

About 64 Parishes Encyclopedia and K-12 Educational Resources

Encompassing an award-winning quarterly print magazine, website, encyclopedia, and K-12 resources, LEH’s 64 Parishes explores Louisiana history and culture. 64 Parishes encyclopedia hosts over 1,100 entries about Louisiana accompanied by thousands of archival images, documents, and audio files. The encyclopedia is one of the LEH’s most-used resources, reaching hundreds of classrooms across Louisiana each year.

The institute is expanding encyclopedia content and adapting and grade-leveling encyclopedia entries for the classroom. As part of the effort to better serve students and teachers, institute staff has also rolled out a new search function that allows teachers to search content by the new Louisiana social studies standards numbers.

The LDOE, one of LEH’s partners on the 64 Parishes encyclopedia expansion, has introduced new social studies standards to be rolled out in the 2023–24 school year. The new course frameworks will expand the study of Louisiana history and culture in the state’s public schools from third and eighth grade to nearly every grade. Together, LEH and LDOE are mapping these new social studies standards to the content on, creating resources for teachers and students, including grade-level appropriate adaptations of key texts.

The ILCH workshops and 64 Parishes encyclopedia expansion are made possible in part by a grant from the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation.


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