2014 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 2014.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 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.

Teachers can earn more than 30 hours of professional development creditand will participate in a summer immersion trip in Summer 2015 (place, dates to be determined).

The "Debating America" series is part of the McConnell Center's annual Teacher Scholars Program (TSP), a signature professional development opportunity for teachers to work directly with and learn from national experts on American history, government and economics.

Applications are available online.The priority consideration deadline is Friday, June 13.

Content Focus

  • Anticipated topics for TSP 2014-15 include debates on:
  • Who Was the Greatest American Founder?
  • What was the Role of Islam at the American Founding?
  • Is America Too Big? Size, Republicanism and Human Flourishing in America
  • Is Common Ground Possible? Liberals, Conservatives and the Search for Cooperation
  • 50 Years Later: Has the War on Poverty been Worth It?
  • Would Two Presidents be Better than One?
  • Those Angry Days: The Unremembered Fight on Whether to Enter WWII

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 economics
  • Culminating immersion trip in Summer 2015 related to the theme "Debating America"
  • Professional development certificate for participation
  • Free books and study materials
  • Priority teacher consideration for other Center-sponsored professional development programs
  • Priority scholarship and programming experiences for students from participating teacher’s school
  • Networking with other teachers, administrators and content experts

“These are seminal moments in the history of modern America, and to understand them will help us understand who we are today,” said Gary Gregg, director of the McConnell Center. “I’m confident our teachers will come away with a deep understanding of core questions that might determine the future of democracy in America and energized to help their students tackle challenges to come," Gregg said.

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

Check out past Teacher Scholar Programs:

2013 - Democracy in America

2012 - reTHINKing American Life

2011 - Remembering America: From Colonization to the Civil War