2024 Carolyn A. Lynch Summer Teacher Fellowship: Teaching Boston Community History

Our fellowship program for K-12 teachers

Stipend: $1000

About the Fellowship

This summer the Lynch Fellows at the Leventhal Center will focus on developing meaningful resources for their students and other educators. Each educator will complete a project for their classroom on a specific time period or topic in Boston history, past or present. Educators will receive guidance from LMEC staff on relevant resources and also develop the skills to search the LMEC databases to locate future resources. They will also learn from and collaborate with the LMEC Education team and their fellow educators on the best methods to integrate maps into their classroom teaching.

The 2024 Lynch Fellows will also help shape future LMEC resources for classroom teachers. They will work as a cohort of educators, together with LMEC Education team, to identify the essential characteristics of quality resources for classroom teachers. Lynch Fellows will also aide in the development of tools to assist other educators across the country in searching the Leventhal collections. The work of the Fellows this summer will have a significant impact on the future offerings of the Center.

By the end of the 2024 Fellowship, Fellows will have:

  • A lesson or resource based on the LMEC collection that they can use in their classroom for the ‘24-‘25 school year
  • New and expanded skills for teaching with maps and geospatial thinking


Any K-12 teacher or library media specialist who has an interest in teaching about Boston using maps and wants to create curricula in any content discipline area. Boston Public School teachers are especially encouraged to apply, as are teams of two or more teachers from one school.

We are especially interested in educators who have interest in the design of asynchronous digital resources for classroom teachers.


  • As a cohort, teachers will meet in-person at the Leventhal Center three (3) times over the summer. Dates will be confirmed and times added when the cohort is assembled. The current proposed dates are:
    • Thursday, June 27, 2024
    • Wednesday, July 31, 2024
    • Wednesday, August, 21, 2024
  • A final project must be completed by August 31, 2024. Final projects can be lessons and activities incorporating primary sources, including maps, from the collections of the Leventhal Map & Education Center and Boston Public Library as well as other resources.
  • Fellows must be willing to have elements of their final projects shared with the larger teaching community, online, and in person to other teachers as part of professional development (TBD).
  • Fellows may also be asked to share their learnings and experiences with others past the summer fellowship dates. This may includes requests for brief written summaries or participation in other presentations with the LMEC team.

To apply

Deadline: Monday, May 20, 2024 at 12 pm ET

To apply, please use include the following:

  • A current CV or resume
  • A brief description (1-3 sentences) on the specific time period or topic in Boston history, past or present, that you wish to focus on
  • Up to 500 words on what you are hoping to accomplish and contribute as 2024 Lynch Fellow
  • A letter of support from your school principal or department head

Note: If applying as a team, please submit as a team.

Apply online now