Get Ready to Apply

Get Ready to Apply:

When making your workshop selections, please carefully read descriptions to ensure the program is appropriate for you as an educator, that it links to your professional growth and is appealing to you personally.

We have recently updated our Frequently Asked Questions and some of our guidelines. Please review the following prior to applying for a Teaching Florida workshop:

What you Need to Know Before Applying – Teaching Florida Workshop FAQs:

What is a Teaching Florida Educator Workshop?

Teaching Florida Educator Workshops are designed to provide professional development opportunities for Florida educators. Since 1993 we have been providing engaging, enriching, and rewarding content-rich workshops for educators of all disciplines that focus on diverse and unique aspects of the Florida experience. Teaching Florida provides exclusive experiences with scholars, professional experts, and sites that are important to telling the stories of Florida, and its place in the world, through the lens of the humanities.

What your colleagues say about their Teaching Florida experiences:

“An opportunity to meet and collaborate with fellow educators from all over our state, from every discipline and level. Not to be missed!”

“Run. Do not walk. To THE best professional development experience. You cannot begin to imagine all you will learn. Especially from scholars who really know their area of expertise and whose passion is contagious.”

“A wonderful time to step-back into the role of learner and investigate a subject with people like yourself, educators who are eager to learn.”

” Truly an outstanding experience.”

“A perfect hands-on experience to immerse oneself in diverse topics, to energize lessons, and bring relevancy to students.”

Who is eligible to apply to a Teaching Florida Educator Workshop:

Effective November 2015:

  • Full-time, certified K-12 public or private school teachers of any subject, media specialists, librarians, guidance counselors, school and district administrators, state college professors, museum educators, National Park Service interpreters, and Florida State Park interpreters.
  • Effective November 2015: New teachers who expect to complete an undergraduate or graduate degree in education in either Fall 2015, Spring 2016 or Fall 2016 may apply. To confirm eligibility you will need to submit your academic transcripts or a letter from a university administrator (professor or advisor) stating your anticipated graduation date and major to be considered. Prior to starting your electronic application have your unofficial transcripts saved as a pdf or word document or have a letter from your university to attach to your application. Please contact Laurie Berlin at for more information on submitting your eligibility materials.
  • We are unable to accept applications from part-time educators, substitute teachers, retired educators, or historical re-enactors.

If I previously participated in a Teaching Florida workshop can I participate again?

Teaching Florida alumni may apply to participate in additional workshops. However, no applicant may participate in more than one school-year workshop (August – May) and more than one summer workshop (June-July) per year.

Can I participate in More Than One Seminar in a Year?

You may submit applications for as many workshops as you wish, in a given year. However, successful applicants can only attend one school-year workshop (August – May) in a calendar year and one summer workshop (June – July) in a given year. We encourage you to prioritize your application choices and indicate in your essay if you have a preferred workshop when applying for more than one.

Can more than one educator apply for a workshop from a given school or institution?

  • Yes, educators from the same school or institution may apply for workshops in the same year. However, we highly encourage educators to apply for different workshops and to share information and experiences afterwards.
  • In some cases, such as team teachers, the selection committee will consider accepting two teachers from the same school/institution for the same workshop. Your rationale for applying for the same workshop should be clearly stated in your application essay for full consideration.

About the Application:

Applications must be submitted electronically. In your application you will be asked to describe your role as an educator and to write a short essay (minimum 250 words) addressing how the workshop will benefit you professionally and benefit your students/audience, and describe how your personal and professional background will enhance discussion and collaboration with your workshop colleagues.

  • The essay is your way of introducing yourself to us and the selection committee. Make yourself stand out and submit a compelling case as to why you should be selected for the workshop(s) you are applying for!
  • If applying for more than one workshop in the school year or during the summer please indicate in your essay which workshop is your first choice.

What is the Application Deadline:

  • Deadline dates vary by workshop. Please see individual workshop descriptions under “Educator Workshops” for deadlines to apply and to RSVP if you are selected.
  • Selected applicants will be notified in advance of workshop RSVP deadlines so be sure to provide an e-mail address you check regularly.
  • If you do not accept your place by the posted RSVP deadline, you will forfeit your place in the workshop.


Selected applicants will be notified in advance of workshop RSVP deadlines so be sure to provide an e-mail address you check regularly. If you do not accept your place by the posted RSVP deadline, you will forfeit your place in the workshop.

Workshop Fees & Expenses:

There is no fee to apply for Teaching Florida Workshops.

Once you are selected to participate in a program, and you accept your place in a workshop you will be required to pay a non-refundable processing fee.

  • For school-year workshops (August – May) there is a $50 non-refundable processing fee.
  • For summer workshops (June-July) see the individual workshop description for fee information.

Teaching Florida covers the following costs:

  • Lodging
  • Most meals
  • Transportation costs within the workshop
  • Entry and guide fees to sites and museums and other field experiences
  • Parking fees (if applicable) upon arrival and for the duration of the workshop
  • Books and/or other workshop materials and resources
  • Certificate of completion (for participants who actively participate in all workshop components)
  • A one year complimentary Florida Humanities Council Membership and related publications

Teaching Florida does not cover the following costs:

  • Transportation to and from the workshop base
  • Some meals, as identified in advance the workshop agenda
  • Substitute teacher fees or other school district administrative costs

How are participants selected?

  • A selection committee of educators and administrators evaluates all applications.
  • The committee looks for applicants who demonstrate a strong and relevant interest to the workshop topic.
    • The committee carefully reviews each essay to see how the applicant and their students/audiences will benefit from this experience and how the applicant’s professional and personal background will enhance the workshop experience for other participants.
    • To provide participants with the broadest, richest experience, consideration is also given to diversifying the geography, grades and disciplines taught, and categories of institutions participants are coming from.

What are my responsibilities as a participant?

  • Teaching Florida workshop participants are required to participate in all components of their workshop and to engage fully in projects, discussions, and activities as scheduled.
  • Participants are required to complete readings issued prior to the workshop and other assignments as applicable.
  • At the end of each workshop, participants are required to submit their evaluation assessing the experience’s value to their personal and professional develop. Completion of the survey is required to obtain your in-service certificate for recommended credits. (Please consult your district in advance to determine the number of credits you may receive – see “In Service Credits” for more information).

In Service Credits:

As professional development requirements and criteria vary by school district, please check with your district personnel to determine how many professional development credits you will receive for the workshop you are applying for.

At the end of the workshop, upon completion of all components and full engagement in scheduled discussions, activities and projects participants will receive a certificate of completion/recommendation of professional development/in service credits.

In general, weekend workshops offer a recommended 12 in service credits.

In general, week-long workshops offer a recommended 30 in service credits.

Where do participants stay during the workshop?

Lodging accommodations are arranged by Teaching Florida and vary by workshop location. Lodging details will be provided in workshop descriptions.

Can friends and family participate in the workshop?

We are unable to accommodate friends or family.

Can friends or family stay with me during the workshop?

We do not permit traveling companions, other than other workshop participants.

Can I commute to the workshop?

If you have lodging options in the vicinity of the workshop base you are not required to stay with the group. However, we highly encourage you to do so to take advantage of the full breadth of workshop interactions including the possibility of optional, organic discussions and other activities.

You will not incur any cost for your lodging, unless you request a private room where booking is double occupancy.

Can I defer my acceptance to another workshop or another next year?

No, we cannot defer your acceptance to another workshop or year. We encourage you to re-apply, but cannot guarantee acceptance at a later time.

What is the cancellation policy?

If you have been accepted and have RSVP’d and paid your non-refundable processing fee no refunds can be issued. If you must cancel after payment has been made you will not receive a refund or workshop materials.

Who do I contact for more information?

For additional information please contact Laurie Berlin, Director of Administration via e-mail: or via phone: 727-873-2006.

What are the humanities?

The humanities involve the exploration of the human experience by helping people study, tell, interpret, analyze, and document human history and culture—ancient, modern, and everything in-between.

The founding legislation of the National Endowment for the Humanities offers an expansive definition of the humanities: “The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”