Teacher Scholars Program

A FREE in-person and online hybrid professional development & networking opportunity for Kentucky educators

TSP 2021-2022: The Roots of American Order

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This dedicated group of Kentucky educators will enhance their knowledge of American history and culture by spending the 2021-2022 academic year reading and discussing great texts through the Center's professional development programming. 

Development for Teacher Scholars is supported by in-person and online hybrid-based lectures, seminars and other special opportunities—at little to no personal expense.

This year's study will center on themes discussed in Russell Kirk's seminal work, The Roots of American Order, which identifies the beliefs and institutions that have nurtured the American soul and commonwealth.

We hope you will take this opportunity to continue your education and network with other great Kentucky educators.

Participants Will Receive: 

  • 20 professional development hours and certificate of completion
  • Monthly lecture and private seminar opportunities with leading scholars and historical experts
  • Opportunities to participate in all-expenses-paid weekend conferences on topics related to civics & American history, politics and culture 
  • FREE copy of Russell Kirk's The Roots of American Order and the McConnell Center's forthcoming publication of Marcus Aurelius's Meditations
  • Discussion board access to share your thoughts and network with other teachers
  • A classroom set of McConnell Center educational publications and resources 
  • a free Teacher Scholars Program T-shirt
  • A Summer 2022 culminating experience to celebrate project completion

Requirements of Participation:

  • Complete required reading assignments for lectures and seminars
  • Participate in a set number of seminar/webinar and lecture opportunities each semester
  • Participate in at least one weekend conference at a Kentucky state park
  • Provide one inquiry-based lesson based upon usage of the text to share with the TSP cohort 

Questions? Contact  or (502) 852-3947
McConnell Center Civic Education Program