2016 Teacher Scholars Program

Kentucky social studies teachers are invited to apply to our 9-month professional development series. A culminating travel conference will take place Summer 2017.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis (with priority consideration given to applications submitted on or before Thursday, Sept. 8 - EXTENDED). Limited to 30 teachers.

Kentucky social studies teachers, grades K-12, are invited to apply for our year-long McConnell Center lecture and seminar series on themes of "Citizenship & Statesmanship." Spring 2017 programming will consider the U.S. presidency.

Teachers can earn more than 30 hours of professional development credit through the series and will participate in a summer immersion trip in Summer 2017 (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 Thursday, Sept. 1.

Content Focus

Anticipated topics for TSP 2016-17 include:

  • American Founding: Alexander Hamilton v. John Adams (#TeamHamilton vs. #TeamAdams)
  • The American Soldier in Vietnam
  • Shakespeare & Politics: Leadership Lessons from the Bard
  • Henry Clay: Exemplary Statesman
  • Spring 2017 lectures and seminars will specifically consider the U.S. presidency

Participation is limited to 30 teachers who will be given free books and other resources, study with a nationally-recognized expert each month, take part in a culminating in-depth intellectual and travel experience and be invited to bring students to McConnell Center programming.

Program Benefits

  • Monthly lectures and private seminars with nationally-recognized experts in American history, government and leadership
  • Culminating immersion trip in Summer 2017
  • 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

"From debating the legacies of John Adams and Alexander Hamilton to studying Shakespeare's lessons in statesmanship, we hope this semester proves to be another great professional development experience for Kentucky's top social studies teachers," said Gary Gregg, director of the McConnell Center. "Our series continues in the spring as we follow the inauguration of a new chief executive with a consideration of the roles and responsibilities of the presidency in American public life."

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

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