SUPER Teacher

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.

Overview
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 mbouyer@alabamahumanities.org. 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:// www.alabamahumanities.org/programs/superteacher/.

Upcoming SUPER Teacher Workshops

June 8, 2020 – 11:00 a.m  – The Suffrage Movement

Want to learn more about the women of Alabama who worked to gain the right to vote for themselves and women of future generations?  Join us as we celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th amendment and highlight Alabama’s suffragists from 1890-1920.

Free book & stipend for the first 20 teachers who sign up and attend the entire workshop.

We will pay a stipend of $100.00 to the first 20 teachers.

Access to Lesson plans

CEU’s Offered

Registration link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kuJIUSK8SiWsvRdnMjch4g

 


SUPER Tech Tuesdays

Registration link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wE4WT-vCR1eprCW08roFig

CEU’s Offered for all.

Free book & stipend for the first 20 teachers who sign up and attend the entire workshop series.

We will pay a stipend of $100.00 to the first 20 teachers.

60 Tools in 60 Minutes: Join Melissa Mann in this fast-paced session as she shares a tool a minute that can be used in the classroom for tech integration, organization, differentiation, and more!
June 9, 2020 @ 11:00 am.
Live

Social Emotional Toolbox: Join Melissa Mann as she shares an overview of the social emotional process along with tools that can be used to meet the needs of the students.
June 16, 2020 @ 11:00 am.
Pre-taped

The Techie Toolbox: Join Melissa Mann as she shares a variety of tools that can be used in the classroom for instruction, organization, and differentiation.
June 23, 2020 @ 11:00 am.
Pre-taped

Unpacking the Techie Toolbox: Join Melissa Mann as she shares how to use the tech tools in your toolbox. This session will include lesson ideas for content areas, etc.
June 30, 2020 @ 11:00 am.
Pre-taped

Free book & stipend for the first 20 teachers who sign up and attend the entire workshop series.

We will pay a stipend of $100.00 to the first 20 teachers.

Free Book for the first the first 20 teachers.

CEU’s Offered

We are recording the Zoom meeting and we will repost.


June 22, 2020 – 11 a.m. — The Shape of Alabama

In a dynamic presentation for the Virtual Road Scholars and SUPER Teacher series, find out how Alabama got its shape June 22 at 11 a.m. on Zoom and Alabama Humanities Facebook Live.

Ever wondered why Alabama looks like Mississippi and Georgia, instead of Tennessee?  Charles Tait is the reason. 

From his wooden leg to being horse-whipped on the streets of Milledgeville, GA, to marrying the widow of the man who horse-whipped him, Charles Tait was not only important to the creation of Alabama, but was a fascinating character, too! 

Join us to learn more about Tait’s life and his role in determining The Shape of Alabama presented by Valerie Pope Burnes, associate professor of History at the University of West Alabama and former director of the Center for the Study of the Black Belt.

Register here or tune in at 11 on Facebook Live.


Description of Alabama Citizens Fighting for Civil Rights: Landmark Supreme Court Cases

Registration link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_z9O7AQmsSrmC-4SjxBYvxw

Teachers will experience four inquiry-based lessons as 6-12 grade students on landmark Supreme Court cases that originated in Alabama and had significant impacts on national civil rights law. By the end of the workshop, teachers will leave with four problem-based inquiry strategies as well as a deeper understanding of the historical, constitutional, and democratic values inherent in the landmark cases that have influenced US history and legal rights for the past 70 years. The workshop will be led by an interdisciplinary team of social studies teacher educators and a constitutional law professor.

Alabama Citizens Fighting for Civil Rights: Landmark Supreme Court Cases

Lead Scholar:

Dr. Jada Kohlmeier, Professor & Program Coordinator

Secondary Social Studies Education

Auburn University

Additional Scholars:

Dr. Jesús Tirado, Assistant Professor

Secondary Social Studies Education

Auburn University

Mr. Nick Phillips, Ph.D. Candidate

Secondary Social Studies Education

Auburn University

Dr. Steve Brown, Associate Professor

Department of Political Science

Auburn University

Teachers will experience four inquiry-based lessons as 6-12 grade students on landmark Supreme Court cases that originated in Alabama and had significant impacts on national civil rights law. By the end of the workshop, teachers will leave with four problem-based inquiry strategies as well as a deeper understanding of the historical, constitutional, and democratic values inherent in the landmark cases that have influenced US history and legal rights for the past 70 years. The workshop will be led by an interdisciplinary team of social studies teacher educators and a constitutional law professor.

This workshop will be offered via video conferencing. A computer and wifi access will be required for participation.

Alabama Humanities Foundation Grant

Citizens Fighting for Civil Rights: Landmark Supreme Court cases brought by Alabama Citizens

6-12 grade social studies teachers

July 20-23, 2020

Location: Virtual

Alabama Course of Study Standards Addressed:

  • 6th grade
  • #9 Critique major social and cultural changes in the U.S. since WWII.
  • #12 Evaluate significant political issues and policies since WWII.
  • 7th grade
  • #5 Compare duties and functions of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the national government.
  • #6 Explain the importance of juvenile, adult, civil, and criminal laws within the judicial system of the United States.
  • #10 Describe individual and civic responsibilities of citizens of the United States.
  • #12 Describe how the United States can be improved by individual and group participation in civic and community activities.
  • 11th grade
  • #14 Trace the events of the Modern Civil Rights Movement from post-WWII to 1970.
  • 12th grade U.S. Government
  • #3 Analyze major features of the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights for purposes, organization, function, and principles including rule of law, federalism, limited government, popular sovereignty, judicial review, separation of powers and checks and balances.
  • #6 Analyze the expansion of suffrage for its effect on the political system of the U.S. including suffrage for non-property owners, women, African-Americans, and persons eighteen years of age.
  • #7 Describe the process of local, state, and national elections including the organization, role, and constituency of political parties. (Evaluate the impact of reapportionment, redistricting, and voter turnout in elections.)
  • #13 Evaluate constitutional provisions of the judicial branch of the government of the United States, including checks by the judicial branch on other branches of the government, limits on judicial power, and the process by which cases are argued before the Supreme Court.
  • #14 Describe the role of citizens in American democracy, including the meaning, rights, an responsibilities of citizenship; due process and other rights guaranteed by the Constitution and participation in the election process.

Monday July 20

Morning Session

Objectives:

  • Teachers will learn the Structured Academic Controversy deliberation strategy.
  • Teachers will analyze the components of “right to counsel” across two Supreme Court cases.
  • Teachers will apply “right to counsel” as they debate whether public defenders provide “adequate counsel” for all US citizens.
  • Teachers will reflect on the learning challenges and scaffolding necessary when implementing problem-based inquiry with younger learners.

8:30-9:00 Introduction to Persistent Issues in History (PIH) for civic competence approach  to teaching social studies

9:15-10:45 PIH Lesson: Powell v Alabama – Right to Counsel – Dr. Jada Kohlmeier

Structured Academic Controversy:

Do public defenders provide “adequate counsel?”

11:00-12:00 Dr. Steve Brown provides historical context and explains Constitutional rights  established in the featured case. Dr. Brown explain current implications for the  case being debated in legal and political contexts, including Q&A.

Tuesday, July 21

Morning Session

Objectives:

  • Teachers will learn a gerrymandering simulation.
  • Teachers will argue a recent Supreme Court gerrymandering case as members of the Court.
  • Teachers will reflect on the learning challenges and scaffolding necessary when implementing problem-based inquiry with younger learners.

8:30-9:30 Lesson: Gomillion v Lightfoot – Gerrymandering – Mr. Nick Phillips

Redistricting Committee: Reconfigure Alabama’s Congressional Districts

9:45-10:45 PIH Lesson: Mr. Nick Phillips

Supreme Court Simulation: Decide Rucho v Common Cause Case

11:00-12:00 Dr. Steve Brown provides historical context and explains Constitutional rights  established in the featured case. Dr. Brown explain current implications for the  case being debated in legal and political contexts, including Q&A.

Wednesday, July 22

Morning Session

Objectives:

  • Teachers will learn the response group discussion strategy.
  • Teachers will apply the “freedom of association” right establsihed in the NAACP case to modern issues related to terrorism and religious organizations.
  • Teachers will reflect on the learning challenges and scaffolding necessary when implementing problem-based inquiry with younger learners.

8:30-9:30 PIH Lesson: NAACP v Alabama – Freedom of Association

Response Group: Rule on KKK v New York, NAACP v Alabama

9:45-10:45 Lesson: Debate FBI profiling of Muslim Mosque membership rolls post 9/11  terrorist attacks

11:00-12:00 Dr. Steve Brown provides historical context and explains Constitutional rights  established in the featured case. Dr. Brown explain current implications for the  case being debated in legal and political contexts, including Q&A.

Thursday, July 23

Morning Session

Objectives:

  • Teachers will learn the Socratic Seminar discussion strategy.
  • Teachers will learn various legal definitions and application of “discrimination” based on gender (strict scrutiny, etc.)
  • Teachers will apply the legal rationale for and against discrimination based on gender as they deliberate whetehr or not women should be required to register for selective service.
  • Teachers will reflect on the learning challenges and scaffolding necessary when implementing problem-based inquiry with younger learners.

8:30-9:30 PIH Lesson: Frontiero v Richardson: Gender Discrimination, Dr. Jesús TIrado

9:45-10:45 PIH Lesson: Congressional Hearing: Should women be required to register  for the selective service?

11:00-12:00 Dr. Steve Brown provides historical context and explains Constitutional rights  established in the featured case. Dr. Brown explain current implications for the  case being debated in legal and political contexts, including Q&A.

Materials and Resources to be Provided

–    The first 20 teachers who register will receive a copy of: Brown, Steve (in press). Alabama Justice: Cases and Faces that Changed a Nation. University of Alabama Press

–    All teachers receive free access to the PIH website, including the lesson materials featured in the workshop as well as over 50 wise practice lessons for models of lesson design, scaffolds, documents, and reference materials.

Free book & stipend for the first 20 teachers who sign up and attend the entire workshop July 20-23.

We will pay a stipend of $100.00 to the first 20 teachers.

Free book & stipend for the first 20 teachers who sign up and attend the entire workshop.

We will pay a stipend of $100.00 to the first 20 teachers.

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.

Testimonials

“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?

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)