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Upcoming Workshops

We Rocked the World: Exploring Alabama’s Bicentennial Musical Heritage with K-6 Teachers – March 3

Alabama Music Hall of Fame
617 U.S. 72 West
Tuscumbia, AL 35674

Date & Time:
March 3, 2020
9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

This hands-on institute will offer innovative and creative methods for elementary teachers to explore Alabama’s rich musical heritage within the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) framework. Teachers will visit famous studios, interview recording artists, explore the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, create instruments and learn how to integrate music and our bicentennial music history in their classrooms.

Continental breakfast
$100 Substitute Teacher Stipend

Contact us at (205) 558-3999 or

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Women’s Suffrage: A Workshop for 4th-12th Grade Educators – March 5

The Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) Learning Resources Center would like to partner with the Alabama Humanities Foundation to host a one-day workshop entitled “Women’s Suffrage: A Workshop for 4th-12th Grade Educators” for approximately 50 educators. The program will focus on women’s struggle to obtain the right to vote, as well as the 19thAmendment to the U.S. Constitution. The workshop’s purpose is to help educators better understand the struggle that women endured to obtain the right to vote as well as to provide valuable information and context to enrich their lesson plans. And, this event could not be more appropriate as the 19th Amendment will celebrate its centennial in 2020.

Lead Scholars:
Dr. Julia Everett and Mr. Blake Wilhelm, both from Northeast Alabama Community College, will be planning the event. Dr. Everett serves as the NACC Learning Resources Center/Library Director, and Mr. Blake Wilhelm, NACC Learning Resources Center Archivist/Specialist. Dr. Everett earned an Ed.D., MLIS, M.A. in English, B.A. in English, and A.A. Mr. Wilhelm holds an M.A. and B.A. in History.

Date and Location:
The proposed event will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2020, in the Cecil B. Word Learning Resources Center at Northeast Alabama Community College. The building has meeting spaces that comfortably fit groups of this size. Lunch will be held in another building on campus.

The humanities disciplines of history, gender studies, social studies, jurisprudence, and ethics will be addressed through lecture, discussion, question and answer sessions, and kinesthetic learning. Guest scholars/presenters will use a variety of resources during their sessions. Learning objectives include the following:
• Think critically and chronologically regarding women’s suffrage occurring in Alabama and the United States
• Critique a variety of historical documents
• Evaluate connections among the past, present, and future
(Based on 2010 Alabama Course of Study: Social Studies, p.4)

Dr. Valerie Pope Burnes, an associate professor of history for the University of West Alabama, will speak on the topics of suffrage as it relates to U.S. history and Alabama history. Dr. Burnes is author of Visions of the Black Belt and has appeared on C-SPAN. Dr. Burnes is also president of the Alabama Historical Association.

Dr. Burnes’ presentation will focus on the Alabama Equal Suffrage Association and some of the key figures in that association as well as how that association reflected what was happening nationwide. She will use some primary sources while doing so.

Dr. Annette Norris Bradford is the current co-editor of the Jackson County Chronicles, and she has presented a paper at the 2017 Alabama Historical Association meeting as well as organized local historical exhibits. She is on the Alabama Department of Archives and History’s list of suggest speakers for the topic of women’s suffrage. Dr. Bradford’s presentation will focus on Mrs. Lelia Seton Edmundson, a courageous and progressive suffragette of North Alabama who in 1922 was a candidate for Congress. While running for Congress, she visited Scottsboro and delivered a speech at the courthouse. Mrs. Edmundson was also founder of the Decatur chapter of the League of Women Voters.

The National Archives’ pop-up exhibit entitled Rightfully Hers which consists of four posters from the will be on display. It contains “simple messages about the expansion of the vote to millions of women, before and after the 19th amendment, and its impact today” (

Burnes, Valerie Pope. “Alabama Equal Suffrage Association.” Encyclopedia of Alabama.”

Fouche, Dorothy. “Women in Alabama Politics.” Alabama Heritage.

National Archives. “Letter from Alabama Male Association Opposed to Woman’s Suffrage.”

National Archives. “Women’s Rights and Teaching Activities.”

National Park Service. “Alabama and the 19th Amendment.”


2020 SUPER Teacher Workshop Series

Call for Proposals

Alabama Humanities Foundation invites Alabama college and university faculty members to submit proposals for our 2020 SUPER (School and University Partners for Educational Renewal) Teacher Workshop Series.

SUPER builds lasting relationships among Alabama’s higher education institutions, elementary and secondary schools, and the state’s historical and cultural organizations. SUPER fosters a collegial environment for Alabama’s teachers to engage and explore multidisciplinary approaches to the humanities at no cost to them or their schools. Through directed readings, wrepsiting exercises, and visits to Alabama’s many cultural and historic sites, SUPER increases Alabama teachers’ subject knowledge and boosts their confidence, enthusiasm, and effectiveness as educators. The content in these programs integrates directly with the Alabama State Department of Education’s Courses of Study. Upon completion of a SUPER workshop, teachers receive a certificate documenting hours earned toward professional development for submission within their own districts. SUPER programs are registered with ALSDE STIPD—Alabama’s Professional Development Tracking System.

Each SUPER Teacher Workshop requires at least 15 and can accommodate up to 25 educators from around the state. In 2020, our workshop series can be Multiple days or one-day workshop (s) held during the 2020 program year. The following individuals will find active participation in this series to be particularly beneficial:

• 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.
• Teachers looking to increase their subject knowledge and their ability to translate that into accessible, grade-appropriate classroom exercises and experiences
• Teachers interested in opportunities to join peers and distinguished professors in their field 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 all while earning Alabama State Department of Education Professional Development CEUs.

Proposal Guidelines
Proposals should address the question of “How does this program benefit to teachers and students?” Lead scholars should clearly state the purpose of the program and how it fits within the Alabama State Department of Education’s Courses of Study for middle and high school. SUPERs are content-based enrichment for 4th-12th grade teachers, school administrators, and pre-service teachers. Pedagogical discussions may be incorporated but should not be the principal focus. AHF emphasizes reading prior to a workshop.

The proposal should be clear and concise and must include the following:

➤ Lead Scholar
• Include name, title, and institution of higher education.
• Workshop title (up to 12 words) and description (up to 100 words) that accurately reflects workshop content

➤ Date
• Creative, centrally located one-day workshops are strongly encouraged.
• Proposals can also include workshops of 3 to 4 days in length.
Monday-Friday is preferred.

➤ Location
• University or college campuses usually act as workshop hosts (providing that housing and dining facilities meet AHF’s requirements for SUPER).
• Any proposed site or museum visit should include reasoning and cost per person

➤ A detailed agenda including:
• Brief descriptions of each session or activity (75-100 words each);
• At least one learning objective that clearly describe what attendees will be able to demonstrate as a result of having attended each session. Each outcome must be measurable/observable (up to 25 words per objective).

➤ Books or readings to be provided
• Include approximate cost, publisher, and ISBN.
• Any supporting media that may inform the committee’s decision.
• A rough program budget. Figures to take into account include:
• Lead Scholar honorarium (for designing, planning, and coordinating with AHF staff, coordinating guest scholars, and leading the workshop): $400/day plus travel costs.
• Guest Scholar(s) honoraria is determined according to the number of sessions led at the rate of $250/day: 1-2 sessions (1/2 day = $125), 3-4 sessions (1 day = $250), etc. AHF covers cost of travel.
• Resource materials: total of $100 per teacher, excluding photocopied handouts.

Proposals are due by Tuesday, April 20, 2020 by 11:59 PM, and should be submitted to Melanie Bouyer at There is a committee-reviewed process for acceptance, and potential scholars will be informed of decisions by May 20, 2020. More information about the Alabama Humanities Foundation can be found at http://

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.

Participant Benefits

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?

All 4th-12th grade teachers currently teaching in Alabama public and accredited private schools are eligible. School librarians and pre-service teachers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


“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,

“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?

SUPER is a program of the AHF and as such receives financial support from diverse sources, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, individuals, and private and public corporations and foundations. Major financial support for SUPER comes from:

2017 Funders 

The Daniel Foundation of Alabama

Susan Mott Webb Charitable Trust

Poarch Band of Creek Indians

Vulcan Materials Foundation

State of Alabama (ACHE Fund)