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Teachers Scholars Program


Priority deadline: June 28

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis from July 1-August 15, or until all slots are filled.

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Milestones of the 20th Century Revisited: Democracy in America

Kentucky social studies teachers, grades K-12, are invited to participate in a year-long McConnell Center lecture and seminar series.

The "Milestones of the 20th Century Revisited: Democracy in 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.

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.

Applications are available online. The priority consideration deadline is June 28.

Content Focus

  • Fall 2013 (20th Century Milestones): Topics include the Kennedy family and the assassination of JFK; leading the Eleanor Roosevelt way; the legacy of George C. Marshall and the Marshall Plan; and the roots of modern conservatism
  • Spring 2014 (Democracy in America): How Alexis de Tocqueville’s 19th century Democracy in America relates to the 21st Century; themes include immigration, religion, civil society, associations, political parties, political culture, budget deficits, women, war, morals, family, political institutions and ambition, among others

“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.


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