SUPER Teacher

2019 SUPER Teacher Workshop Series

Call for Proposals

Alabama Humanities Foundation invites Alabama college and university faculty members to submit proposals for our 2019 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 2019, our workshop series can be Multiple days or one-day workshop (s) held during the 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019. More information about the Alabama Humanities Foundation can be found at http://

Upcoming Workshops

Exploring Drama Based Instructional Techniques in the Classroom through Alabama Story

Kenneth Jones

Workshop Title: Exploring Drama Based Instructional Techniques in the Classroom through Alabama Story

Lead Scholar:
Betsy Anne Huggins
Director of Education and Community Engagement
Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Alabama Shakespeare Festival
1 Festival Drive
Montgomery, AL 36104

Date & Time:
Monday, November 18, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This workshop introduces teachers to Drama Based Instruction and Arts Literacy pedagogies through an exploration of Alabama Story by Kenneth Jones. This play, originally developed at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, explores the real-life controversy surrounding the children’s book The Rabbit’s Wedding by Garth Williams. In the book, a little black rabbit wishes to marry his best friend, a little white rabbit. When the children’s book is attacked by a Senator, a librarian must fight to keep the book on the shelves. In this workshop, teachers will read and explore both Alabama Story and The Rabbit’s Wedding and apply these texts to pre-reading and post-reading strategies that are designed to engage students in the learning process.

The purpose of this workshop is to provide teachers with knowledge of Drama Based Instruction and Arts Literacy strategies that they can take back and immediately implement in their classrooms. Drama Based Instruction, developed by the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin, “uses active and dramatic approaches to engage students in academic, affective and aesthetic learning through dialogic meaning-making in all areas of the curriculum.” These strategies use the theatre skills and techniques into the classroom through activating dialogue, theatre games as metaphor, image work, and role work, strategies which are easily incorporated by teachers into their classroom to create a dynamic learning environment. Arts Literacy, a project of the Education Department at Brown University, “develops curricula and professional development practices based on the premise that linking literacy and the arts creates powerful learning opportunities for students both in core academic subjects and in the arts”. Arts Literacy’s Performance Cycle encourages teachers to engage students with pre- and post-reading activities that integrate theatre into English and Social Studies classrooms. Arts integration has been proven to deepen student learning, increase subject and knowledge acquisition, and build creative problem solving skills. Linda Crawford offered six reasons for arts integration in her book Lively Learning:

1. The arts make content more accessible.
2. The arts encourage joyful, active learning.
3. The arts help students make and express personal connections to content
4. The arts help students understand and express abstract concepts.
5. The arts stimulate higher level thinking.
6. The arts build community and help children develop collaborative work skills.

The four techniques that will be introduced in this SUPER Teacher workshop address all the above criteria.

In this SUPER Teachers Program, Teachers will learn about the historic events that inspired Alabama Story. Alabama State Senator E.O Eddins, who is re-named Senator E.W. Higgins in the play, fights to ban Garth Williams’ children’s book The Rabbit’s Wedding due to the book’s supposed support of integration and interracial marriage. The book is championed by State librarian Emily Wheelock Reed, who takes a stand against the formidable Senator despite the personal and professional risks. This story of racism, censorship, and courage in the deep South reminds a new generation of the forgotten struggles of everyday people in the fight against segregation.

The SUPER Teacher program will be held at Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery, Alabama. ASF is the State Theatre of Alabama and the largest regional theatre in the deep South. In addition to the lessons on Drama Based Instruction and Arts Literacy, teachers will take a tour of our facilities. We hope that this introduction (or re-introduction) will educate teachers on the resources available from ASF, including student matinees, community engagement programs, and student opportunities. Teachers will have the opportunity to schedule a student matinee field trip to ASF to see a student matinee of Alabama Story.


Teaching the History of Espionage, from the American Revolution through the Cold War

Dr. Lee A. Farrow and Mr. Chris Bartlett

Workshop Title: Teaching the History of Espionage, from the American Revolution through World War II the Cold War

Description: The use of spies and espionage has been an important tool of governments around the world both during times of peace and war. This has included the use of human intelligence, technology, cryptography, and elite spy systems and forces. These various tools have often been glamorized in motion pictures, but there are many lesser known stories which have yet to be explored. In this workshop, we will discuss the more famous examples of espionage, but also focus on specific instances that teachers and students might find interesting. We will use lectures and discussions (and movies, if possible) to explore these topics and suggest fun assignments that teachers can use in class. For practical reasons, we will focus on the period from the American Revolution through the Cold War, though we will bring in as many references from other time periods as possible.

Ben Mcintire, The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War and Lawrence Malkin, Krueger’s Men: The Secret Nazi Counterfeit Plot and the Prisoners of Block 19

Lead Scholar: Dr. Lee A. Farrow, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Auburn University at Montgomery, Department of History, World Languages, and Cultures; author, contributor, or editor of four books and numerous articles on Russian-American history and relations, and; Former Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, AUM, 2014-2017.

Guest Scholar: Chris Bartlett has 20 years of teaching experience including: teacher of Government and Economics at Worth Country High School, Sylvester, GA; teacher at LAMP Magnet High School in Montgomery, AL (AP European History and History through Film); and Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham, AL (AP European History, Honors World History, Government and Economics).

Dates: January 21, 2020.

Location: The workshop(s) would be held in at Auburn University at Montgomery in Montgomery, AL.


Unpacking the Technology Toolbox for K-6 Educators

Workshop Title: Unpacking the Technology Toolbox for K-6 Educators

Lead Scholars: 
Melissa Mann is a special education teacher with the Madison County School System. She has taught both self-contained and collaborative students in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade. Melissa is dually certified in Elementary Education and Special Education. She also has a Master’s in School Counseling and is a certified school counselor. Melissa has presented for the past nine years at Alabama’s state technology conference and at various local conferences. Ms. Mann also presents webinars for Simple K-12. Her online portfolio can be found at 

Tammy Brown is a sixth grade history teacher with the Madison County School System. She has taught in grades first through 6th grade. She is on the A+ College Ready social studies development team as well as a presenter for A+ CR. Tammy has also presented at Alabama’s state technology conference and at various local conferences.

January 30th, 2020

Madison County Schools Central Office location (exact building to be shared soon)

The purpose of this workshop is to provide teachers with a foundation of technology integration as well as tools and lesson ideas for using those tools. The purpose is to demonstrate for teachers that content plus technology is where the magic of learning begins to happen. Technology is a tool that can enhance lessons, differentiate instruction, and assist teachers in meeting the needs of all learners. 


  • Foundation of Integrating Technology (SAMR etc.) 
  • Tools of Technology (Apps, Sites, Google Tools, and more!) 
  • Lesson Ideas: Using the tools in your techbox for K-6 students (of all abilities)
  • Turning around a book study at your school: Using Shake Up Learning and Don’t Ditch that Tech to help teachers integrate technology instead of using it as a standalone

Don’t Ditch that Tech by Matt Miller 
Shake Up Learning by Kasey Bell


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

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.

Workshop Title: Women’s Suffrage: A Workshop for 4th-12th Grade Educators

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.”


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)