For over 25 years, AHF has partnered with archivists, scholars, higher education insitutions, and historic sites to deliver unique and engaging professional development experiences rooted in the humanities to teachers throughout Alabama through the SUPER (School and University Partners for Educational Renewal) Teacher Program.
This program provides graduate-level, content-rich, professional development of the highest quality to outstanding 4th-12th grade public and private school teachers, school librarians and administrators who wish to expand and deepen their knowledge of a particular subject or theme within the humanities.
SUPER is available to all Alabama educators teaching in grades 4-12 entirely free of charge. In its 25-year history, SUPER has served more than 4,000 teachers of the humanities, social sciences, and the arts reaching more than 500,000 students.
To register for the workshops, please send a message of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall 2018 SUPERs
- Understanding and Teaching Russian-American Relations from the Civil War to the Cold War and Beyond
Auburn University Montgomery (AUM)
Lead Scholar: Dr. Lee A. Farrow, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Auburn University at Montgomery, Department of History, World Languages, and Cultures
Guest Scholar: Chris Bartlett, Teacher of Government and Economics at Worth Country High School, Sylvester, GA
Russia, and the relationship between Russia and the United States, is in the news every day. This workshop will cover the important and relevant history of Russian-American Relations from the Civil War to the Cold War and beyond, providing teachers with content, resources, sample assignments and projects to help them imagine how to teach this complex subject using creative teaching strategies, active learning, and student-centered projects. At the conclusion of the workshop, every teacher will: a) recognize and describe the major names, periods, and themes in the content covered; b) be ready to apply this knowledge to their own class content; and, c) be equipped to compose creative, appropriate assignments and projects, as well as formative and summative assessment tools, for this content.
- Deliberation in the Classroom: Creek Indian Civil War of 1813-14
Lead Scholar: Dr. Mark Wilson, Director of Civic Learning Initiatives and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities, College of Liberal Arts, Auburn University
The Creek War of 1813-14, a civil war between the faction known as the Red Sticks and those Creeks who supported the National Council, resulted in the defeat of the Creek Nation and shaped the future state of Alabama. This workshop will introduce teachers to scholarship on the period, historic sites in the state that commemorate significant battles, and a pedagogy that will develop students’ civic skills while learning historical content.
- Pursuing Equality in Alabama: Race & Gender in Selected Plays of Dyann Robinson
Tuskegee Repertory Theatre, Inc. at the Jessie Clinton Arts Center, Tuskegee
November date TBA
Lead Scholar: Dr. Zanice Bond, Assistant Professor of English, Tuskegee University
This workshop examines equality as a theme in contemporary literature using selected plays written by Alabama native, Dyann Robinson. The Wives of Booker T. and Remembering Sammy Younge highlight the lives of noted Tuskegee residents and help to prevent their erasure from state and national narratives. These characters are (s)heroes of their own stories because of their commitment to education, democracy, and freedom. Participants study with Robinson and guest scholars at the Tuskegee Repertory Theatre (TRT). Drawing from history, theater, gender, and communication studies, participants examine plays and related texts while developing innovative curriculum-appropriate assignments for their students.
Goals of SUPER
The aim of SUPER is to increase participants’ subject knowledge and, in turn, their confidence, enthusiasm, and effectiveness as educators. The content in these programs directly addresses the Courses of Study as mandated by the Alabama State Department of Education. Upon completion of a SUPER program, participants receive a certificate documenting hours earned toward professional development for submission within their own districts. SUPER programs are registered with ALSDE STIPD.
Through SUPER, AHF seeks to foster long-lasting relationships between Alabama’s institutions of higher education, public and private elementary and secondary schools, and the state’s many important historical and cultural organizations.
Participants in SUPER are afforded a rare and invaluable opportunity to join their peers and distinguished university professors in an intensive exploration of curriculum-relevant topics through directed pre-program readings, lectures, extensive analytical and critical discussions, film viewings, writing exercises, field trips and cultural experiences.
SUPER also provides a forum in which educators can interact, exchange ideas, gain fresh perspectives and learn new approaches to teaching. Participants develop a multidisciplinary approach to the humanities and enjoy many significant benefits all at no cost to them or their schools.
Who is eligible?
“I constantly receive letters of thanks to the Commission on Higher Education for the financial support given to the program. Recently, a new teacher wrote me saying that the resources she gained from SUPER are invaluable and that she has learned such a program for teachers is rare.
Indeed it is a rare jewel in Alabama’s educational system that brings together elementary, secondary and postsecondary teachers and university faculty all wanting to learn more to expand their knowledge and, therefore, their effectiveness in the classroom.” – Gregory G. Fitch, executive director of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, al.com
“As a 5th year special education teacher, I have attended numerous summer workshops. However, I sincerely believe that the Prisms of Place was, by far, the most influential and phenomenal workshop that I had the pleasure of attending. It was well organized, planned, executed and applicable to the secondary interdisciplinary curriculum.
In addition, all of the scholars who were selected to participate in the institute shared very valuable information that could be passed on to other educators, community leaders, parents and students in the Black Belt region.” – Robbi Flowers, Special Education, Dadeville High School
“I’ve shared my books and information with so many people. You just can’t imagine the places that an opportunity presents itself to talk about these things.” – Ginger Dunn, Department of Youth Services
“I am so grateful to the Alabama Humanities Foundation for choosing the most effective people to lead these wonderful workshops as well as facilitating the multitude of details necessary to provide such worthwhile educational opportunities for Alabama teachers. Many elements of this seminar will be used in our various classrooms. Our lively discussions, presenting scholars included, revitalized and renewed us.” – Karen Wilksman, Huntsville High School and Calhoun Community College
How is the SUPER program funded?
The Daniel Foundation of Alabama
Susan Mott Webb Charitable Trust
Poarch Band of Creek Indians
Vulcan Materials Foundation
State of Alabama (ACHE Fund)