Programs and Resources for Kentucky Educators

Since 2005, the McConnell Center's Civic Education Program has served educators across the Commonwealth. Our key efforts center on offering opportunities for teachers to broaden their knowledge of great books and ideas; to advance their studies in American history, civics, and leadership; and to strengthen their ability to lead in their classrooms and in their communities. Check out some of our programs and resources designed specifically with educators in mind.



Teacher Scholars Program (TSP)

The McConnell Center's Teachers Scholars Program (TSP) is a hybrid-based professional learning program for a select cohort of Kentucky educators. The program, which runs through the academic year, will explore the rich roots of the American Republic. Specifically, participants will focus on the achievements of five major cities/civilizations - Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, London, and Philadelphia - and their unique influence on America. The program will consist of monthly events with top experts from around the country.

Teacher Scholars will receive: 

  • 30+ professional development hours and a certificate of completion
  • Monthly lecture and seminar opportunities with leading scholars
  • All-expenses-paid weekend retreats around the State of Kentucky
  • All-expenses-paid summer trip to Philadelphia, PA
  • Free copies of McConnell Center publications and teaching resources
  • And MORE! 

APPLY for TSP 2024-2025 by July 19, 2024.

Click here to view photos from past TSP events and trips.

Weekend Professional Development Retreats

Throughout the year, the McConnell Center hosts weekend conferences for select K-12 Kentucky teachers with expert-led, focused discussions on various subject areas in American history. Topics and locations vary.

Participants will receive: 

  • Professional development hours and a certificate of completion
  • FREE reading and study materials
  • FREE lodging and meals
  • Interactions with current McConnell Scholars and alumni
If selected for a conference, you are required to: 
  • Complete required reading assignments
  • Participate in every scheduled discussion session   


Click here to view photos from past weekend PD retreats.

For Your Classroom

The McConnell Center offers a number of complimentary resources for Kentucky educators:




  • Henry Clay and the Struggle for the Union, a Witnessing History Film
  • Daniel Boone and the Opening of the American West, a Witnessing History Film
  • Dreamers & Doers: Voices of Kentucky Women, a Michael Breeding MEDIA production


  • The McConnell Center Podcast - The McConnell Center Podcast offers thought-provoking conversations with authors, scholars, leaders in the U.S. military and political professionals. Interviews focus on leadership, literature, history, education, politics and life.
  • Vital Remnants - McConnell Center Director Gary Gregg considers how lessons from classic works are relevant to today's leadership opportunities and challenges.

Class Visits

The Center also welcomes school groups to the Civic Education Gallery of the U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and former Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao Archives. Guided tours last approximately 90 minutes.