Teachers to consider role of religion at American Founding

(Aug. 13, 2015) Kentucky social studies teachers are invited to attend a fully-funded four-day professional development conference in Boston. Applications are due Oct. 15.
Teachers to consider role of religion at American Founding

The McConnell Center's Civic Education Program will host a four-day professional development immersion conference to Boston. The conference, scheduled Feb. 25-28, is open to Kentucky social studies teachers.

Applications are due Oct. 15, 2015 (download as .doc)

This conference will examine the idea of religious liberty in the American Founding period using readings from The Sacred Rights of Conscience: Selected Readings on Religious Liberty and Church-State Relations in the American Founding, co-edited by conference discussion leader Mark David Hall, PhD (George Fox University). Selected readings consider arguments made on behalf of personal conscience, church-state relations, religious tolerance and the relationship among public morality, religious observation and the efficacy of republican governance.

The conference, co-sponsored by Liberty Fund, Inc., is limited to 15 Kentucky social studies teachers and administrators, grades K-12. Pre-reading is required.

Conference participation includes:

  • Transportation to Boston, Mass.
  • Double-room hotel accommodations
  • All meals during the conference
  • Conference readings & other educational resources
  • Transportation & admission fees associated with group travel during the conference
  • 15 hours of professional development credit
  • Opportunities for substitute teacher reimbursement
  • Network with Ky. social studies teachers


  • Direct inquires to Benjamin Gies, graduate assistant for the McConnell Center’s Civic Education Program (phone: 502-852-3947).