2015 Teacher Scholars Program

Kentucky social studies are invited to attend this 9-month professional development series. A culminating travel conference will take place in Summer 2016.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis (with priority consideration given to applications submitted on or before Monday, June 15). Limited to 30 teachers.

Kentucky social studies teachers, grades K-12, are invited to participate in a year-long McConnell Center lecture and seminar series on dual themes of "America at the End of War" and "Statesmanship."

Teachers can earn more than 30 hours of professional development credit through the series and will participate in a summer immersion trip in Summer 2016 (place, dates to be determined).

The McConnell Center's annual Teacher Scholars Program (TSP) is a signature professional development opportunity for teachers to work directly with and learn from national experts on American history, government and leadership.

Applications are available online and can be submitted electronically, by fax or by postal mail. (See application for more detailed information.) Priority consideration deadline is Monday, June 15.

Content Focus

Anticipated topics for TSP 2015-16 include talks on:

  • American Founding: James Madison v. John Adams (#TeamMadison vs. #TeamAdams)
  • America at the End of War (War of 1812, Civil War, World War II and Vietnam War)
  • Vietnam - 50 Years Since the War Began
  • James Wilson: The Forgotten Founder
  • Abraham Lincoln: Philosopher Statesman
  • Henry Clay: Exemplary Statesman

Participation is limited to 30 teachers who will be given free books and other resources, interact with a nationally-recognized expert each month, take part in a culminating in-depth intellectual and travel experience and be invited to bring their students to the McConnell Center and University of Louisville's Belknap Campus.

Program Benefits

  • Monthly lectures and private seminars with nationally-recognized experts in American history, government and leadership
  • Culminating immersion trip in Summer 2016
  • Professional development certificate for participation
  • Free books and study materials
  • Priority teacher consideration for other Center-sponsored professional development programs, including opportunities with Liberty Fund and James Madison's Montpelier
  • Priority scholarship and programming experiences for students from participating teacher’s school
  • Networking with other teachers, administrators and content experts

"Themes of war and statesmanship have shaped America in fundamental ways," said Gary Gregg, director of the McConnell Center. "I know teachers will benefit from discussing the various impacts of war on American government and society, while also discussing exemplars of statesmanship and how we might encourage more such leadership today."

Enrollment and all professional development opportunities associated with the Teachers Scholars Program are free to those accepted.

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