A message from John F. Burns, Institute Director

Onboard seminars are scheduled to be back for the summer of 2022!!!
Due to the COVID-19 virus, we were compelled to cancel onboard programs for the past two years. While that circumstance gave the Midway Institute the opportunity to offer a wide array of online professional development, we are very pleased to once again welcome teachers aboard for our unique in-person seminars in summer 2022. We also intend to continue virtual learning opportunities, develop and expand lessons plans and other materials in our Online Resources for Education, and initiate a planning project to explore how best to serve the teacher community in the future.


USS Midway Museum - About The Institute

The USS Midway Institute for Teachers is a collaboration and partnership between the USS Midway Museum and other institutions, and features outstanding faculty speakers from such prominent universities as the:

University of California San Diego
 Washington University
 Columbia University
 Dartmouth College
 San Diego State University Center for War & Society

The Institute’s seminar programs are uniquely held aboard the iconic Cold War and Vietnam War aircraft carrier USS Midway. Now retired from active duty, the Midway continues to serve the country by hosting guests onboard and through education programs, including those of the Midway Institute for Teachers. Since 2009, the Institute has conducted seminars that are specifically designed for teachers of history and social studies to learn about the Cold War, the wars in Korea and Vietnam, and World War II in the Pacific, and to incorporate that knowledge, including a variety of perspectives, into their classroom lessons.

Presentations by experts’ lecturers, university historians, veterans, and other individuals who experienced the events of the era, plus field trips to San Diego museums and the immersive atmosphere of studying aboard the USS Midway, combine to create an incomparable and unparalleled professional development experience for teachers. Seminar descriptions and applications opportunities are found below.

Beginning in 2020, the Institute developed Online Resources for Education, portions of our website comprising lessons plans and other materials for teachers to use in the classroom or in distance learning. New resources and lessons are added on a continual basis.

More information about upcoming seminars and our online resources are found below.
If you have comments or questions, we would be delighted to hear from you.
Please contact me at: jburns@midway.org