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Social Studies

Happy February,

As second semester continues, opportunities for Missouri students and teachers continue to expand. Please check the list below to see what might interest you, your colleagues, and your students,

For Students:

*Missouri Award for Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship: 
The application and student essay information are located on the Awards and Contests page.  Information regarding the application process and selection criteria for the Citizenship Award can be found on the   nomination form. Completed applications are due by February 15, 2016.


* Celebrating the 240th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence:
For Law Day, May 1, 2016, The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers’ Section (YLS) is sponsoring an art contest for Missouri elementary school students. This year’s theme is Celebrating the 240th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The art contest has two divisions, Kindergarten-Grade 2 and Grades 3-5. All mediums of art will be accepted, including pencil drawings, water colors, oil paints, pen and ink, etc. All Missouri schools are encouraged to dive into the theme and discover our common heritage of justice under the rule of law. For more information see the website at http://missourilawyershelp.org/events/law-day-art-contest/law-day-art-contest-2016-celebrating-the-240th-anniversary-of-the-declaration-of-independence/

The contest entries are due on February 26, 2016.


For Teachers:

* Missouri Summer Teachers Academy: The Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy officially announces its newest initiative, the Missouri Summer Teachers Academy: Majority Rule and Minority Rights.  Designed to provide Missouri high school teachers of American history and government with a unique opportunity to develop new content knowledge in their primary subject fields, this academy is structured as a fully subsidized residential conference and offers professional development credit. For information regarding eligibility, nomination and participation, see Teachers Academy Linkhttps://democracy.missouri.edu/high-school-teachers-academy/


*History Teacher of the Year: The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History sponsors the History Teacher of the Year Award. Every state has a winner who receives $1000 cash prize and a wealth of American History teaching resources; the national award winner receives $10,000 at an awards ceremony in New York City. The award is open to K-12 teachers in Missouri. More information


*Gilder-Lehrman Summer Institutes: Applications for Gilder-Lehrman Summer Institutes for teachers offer intensive week-long opportunities to explore contemporary topics and issues in American history. Registration, room and board are fully covered and there is a travel stipend. Deadline for applications is February 29, 2016. More information


*James Madison Scholarship: The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. The Foundation seeks applicants with a demonstrated commitment to a career teaching American history, American government or social studies at the secondary school level. The award covers tuition, required fees and books, as well as room and board, Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. The application is now open.  

For more information, please see the on-line description and application materials at:

The 2016 deadline is 5:00 p.m., central time, on March 1. 


*NEH Summer Programs in the Humanities for School and College Educators: Each year, NEH offers tuition-free opportunities for educators to study a variety of humanities topics. Stipends of $1,200-$3,900 help cover expenses for these one- to five-week programs.  Information about the overall NEH Summer Program can be found at http://www.neh.gov/divisions/education/summer-programs.) 

Deadline to apply is March 1, 2016.


*Primary Sources and Local History in the Digital Classroom: This summer institute sponsored by Southeast Missouri State University and Missouri Humanities Council with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities focuses on analysis of digitized primary sources to explore local history. Archivists, historians, and participants will explore physical and digital historical collections, share ideas about applications in the digital classroom and travel to historic sites in the region during the two-day institute, July 14-15, 2016.  . More information and an application can be found at: http://pslh2016.wordpres.com/

Deadline to apply is March 1, 2016


*Learning Lab offerings: 

  1. Historical Literacy for Children in an Information Age. March 11, 2016
  2. Teaching Literacy Through Historical Thinking and Content: March 12, 2016
  3. Reading and Writing about Civics with the DBQ Project: March 24, 2016

For more information about these Educationplus offerings go to www.edplus.org.


*The (IDM)™ Summer Institute sponsored by C3 Teachers and the University of Kentucky will feature hands-on opportunities for teachers to develop materials for use in their classrooms and to join a larger community of educators who share an interest in invigorating their classrooms through inquiry teaching and learning. The Institute will feature the Inquiry Design Model (IDM), a unique approach to creating curriculum and instructional materials while relying on teacher expertise and experience.  At the Institute, participants will develop a blueprint that begins with a compelling question and moves to the elements necessary to support students as they address that question in a thoughtful and informed fashion.  Sessions are deigned to actively engage participants in the construction of an inquiry by focusing on its key elements:  questions, tasks, and sources.  In doing so, participants will understand the conceptual foundations of inquiry and how to create additional materials on content topics that resonate with their students.  Deadline for early registration is April 30, 2016.

 More information can be found at   http://www.c3teachers.org/institute/


If you have questions about these opportunities or other topics related to social studies in Missouri schools, please contact me. My goal is to support you and your students.

Dixie Grupe
Director, Social Studies