Teacher Scholars Program: Debating America

A web-based professional development & networking opportunity for Kentucky educators

Our Challenge to You

Front photo of Reflection and Choice: The Federalists, the Anti-Federalists, and the Debate that Defined America book coverJoin a group of dedicated Kentucky educators in reading and discussing The Federalist Papers with select Anti-Federalist writings in just one year (Sept. 2020-Aug. 2021).

Through monthly assignments, the Teacher Scholar cohort will read and consider Reflection & Choice: The Federalists, the Anti-Federalists, and the Debate that Defined America. This new McConnell Center publication, edited by McConnell Center Director Gary Gregg, PhD, and Nathan Coleman, PhD, was published Sept. 17, 2020.

As a member of the McConnell Center’s 2020-2021 Teacher Scholar Program, your reading will be supported by a companion reading guide and podcast series hosted by book editor Gary Gregg.

We hope you will take this opportunity to continue your education and network with other great Kentucky educators. If you are unable to participate in the Teacher Scholars Program, these free resources will still be available for download on our website.

Participants Will Receive: 

  • A Summer 2021 culminating experience to celebrate project completion (details forthcoming)
  • 20 professional development hours and certificate of completion
  • Monthly podcast episodes and email updates on the assigned reading 
  • comprehensive guide that outlines monthly reading assignments, notable sections and questions to consider
  • Opportunities to participate in all-expenses-paid weekend conferences on topics related to civics & American history, politics, and culture 
  • FREE signed copy of the McConnell Center’s new publication, entitled: Reflection & Choice: The Federalists, the Anti-Federalists, and the Debate that Defined America
  • Discussion board access to share your thoughts on the book and network with other teachers
  • A classroom set of Reflection & Choice: The Federalists, the Anti-Federalists, and the Debate that Defined America
  • a free Teacher Scholars Program t-shirt

Requirements of Participation:

  • Complete monthly reading assignments
  • Listen to each month's related podcast episode
  • Engage with monthly discussion prompts/ask questions via email or discussion board
  • Participate in 75% of webinar opportunities (CLICK HERE for the Fall 2020 schedule
  • Provide one inquiry-based lesson based upon usage of the text to share with TSP cohort 

Continue Your Education

Space is limited. Join us for this special opportunity now, and by August 2021 you will be able to say that you've read and considered key documents and debates of the American Founding. 

We hope to hear from you soon and look forward to the adventure ahead!

Natalie C. Smith
McConnell Center Civic Education Coordinator