For Educators, By Educators

NWHM's Unique Collaboration with K-12 Educators

Each summer, the National Women's History Museum invites K-12 educators to participate in the Museum's unique "For Educators, By Educators" classroom resource development initiative. Educators collaborate with Museum staff to create K-12 lesson plans that help learners explore women's impacts on society. All resources developed through this initiative are included in the Museum's catalog of online Classroom Resources, which are available free of charge. 

Please note that any K-12 educator is welcome to submit a proposal, and there are no prerequisites required for acceptance. Proposals will be reviewed based on their alignment to priority topics for the Museum and the Museum's mission and to make sure there is diversity of topics, grade levels, and techniques included in the 2023 lesson plan pool.


  • The "For Educators, By Educators" program runs between May and August each year;
  • All resources must align with the C3 Framework for Social Studies Standards;
  • Approved participants will receive an honorarium of $300 per lesson plan (up to two lesson plans per a participant).


2023 Topic Guidance: 

You are welcome to submit on any topic; however, NWMH often seeks lesson plans that address topics currently relevant to learners across the country or that employ specific tools or frameworks. 

This year, NWHM seeks submissions that expand upon or complement the stories told in the exhibition We Who Believe in Freedom: Black Feminist DC, such as:  

  • themes related to feminism, civil rights, or reproductive justice;  

  • individuals such as Pauli Murray, Loretta Ross, Ophelia Settle Egypt, Mary Church Terrell, or Alethia Tanner;  

  • and movements, organizations, or institutions relevant to the work of the women featured in the exhibition, including the Black women's club movement, the Black Panther Party, and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). 

We also suggest submitting lesson plan proposals that use the following: 

  • Primary source analysis, media literacy, and/or historical empathy skills; 

  • Lessons that connect to current events; 

  • “Bite-sized” lesson plans of variable length (15, 20, 30 minutes) that utilize credible and accessible sources that are easily found through online research; 

  • A diverse array of teaching techniques;  

  • Meet curricular gaps in your own classroom or school district. 


2023 Schedule Overview: 

  • June 9th: Proposals for lessons plans are due by the end of day via Submittable. Each proposal should be one paragraph. Please include the topic, your main learning goal or outcome, the teaching technique(s) you hope to use, the grade level of the lesson plan, and the general length you hope to achieve.   
  • June 19th:  You will be notified if your proposal was accepted and will be sent instructions on how to proceed. If your proposal was not accepted this year, we encourage you to apply again next year.
  • Mid-July: First draft due; check-in with NWHM staff. 
  • August 25th: Final draft due to NWHM staff.  

Along the way, NWHM staff will be available to provide feedback and collaborate on outcomes for your lesson plans.  


Submit your proposal HERE.


Questions about "For Educators, By Educators?" Email us at [email protected]