Here is a selection of educational institutes, workshops and competitions we recommend for teachers and students in 2016. Send us an email if you have more to add to the list.
“Most Southern Place” Teacher Institute
Educators are invited to apply for a week long residential workshop to learn about the rich history of the Mississippi Delta. Mississippi Teacher for Change Lynne Schneider noted that the workshop was one of the best professional development experiences that she has ever had. Deadline is March 2, 2016.
NEH Summer Programs in the Humanities for School and College Educators
Each year, NEH offers tuition-free opportunities for school, college, and university educators to study a variety of humanities topics. Stipends of $1,200-$3,900 help cover expenses for these one- to five-week programs. Topics include, Abolitionism and the Underground Railroad, the Chinese Exclusion Act, Rethinking the Gilded Age, and much more. See the full list here.
From Plessy to Brown: The African American Freedom Struggle in the Twentieth Century
“From Plessy to Brown” brings scholars together to craft digital tools to expand students’ knowledge of African American history by exploring topics like the early social activism of Black institutions, African American migration to cities, and the influence and impact of African American writers and arts on civil rights organizing. Deadline is March 1, 2016. Apply here.
Teaching Mississippi’s Complex History
MDAH will host a week-long teacher workshop on teaching Mississippi’s complex history through primary source documents and artifacts from June 20 – June 24, 2016. The sessions will be led by Chauncey Spears from the Mississippi Department of Education and Jennifer Stollman from the Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation. Deadline April 15. More here.
2nd Annual MDAH Spring Workshop: Innovators and Inventors
The second Spring Teachers Workshop at Delta State University, Cleveland will focus on the theme Innovators and Inventors. The workshop will take place on March 5. Click here for the registration and schedule.
The Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institutes
Immerse yourself in the practice of teaching with primary sources from the collections of Library of Congress this summer. Apply to attend a week-long professional development program for K-12 educators in the nation’s capital. Application deadline: February 29. More here.
World War II and the Home Front
Educators from across the country will travel to the Bay Area to explore the workshop themes through scholar lectures, visits to landmarks of national significance, and intellectual discussions that inspire curriculum development. The workshops will be offered June 27-July 1 and July 11-15, 2016. More here.
Summer Youth Institute
The Summer Youth Institute sponsored by the William Winter Institute helps rising high school sophomores and juniors learn about civil rights, advocacy, critical thinking and relationship building from an international staff. Deadline is March 6, 2016. Apply here.
Speak Truth To Power
Sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers, Tribeca Film Institute, and the RFK Human Rights and based on Kerry Kennedy’s book Speak Truth To Power, the middle and high school competition encourages students to become engaged in human rights through video production. The entry deadline is March 6. More here.
Evers Scholar Program
The Medgar and Myrlie Evers Research Scholars Program encourages work in the history of civil and human rights at the state archives in Jackson. The Evers Scholars recipient must be an upper level student enrolled in a graduate program at an accredited college or university, or a faculty member early in their academic career. Applications must be received by March 11. More here.
Facing History Together Student Essay Contest
One U.S. high school senior will be awarded a $2,500 Upstander Scholarship, with their educator receiving a $250 Classroom Award. Five Upstander Awards of $500 will be given to U.S. 7th-12th grade students, with their educators receiving Classroom Awards valued at $250. Submissions due by March 16. More here.