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Annual Summer Teacher Institute–St. Louis: First in Civil Rights

Date/Time: July 17–21, 2017 | 9am–3pm each day

Location: The Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63112

The Summer Teacher Institute is a chance for individual educators or teacher teams to engage with a central topic that affects their classrooms, their students, and the wider world of education. Each day is filled with presentations from experts, methodology demonstrations, structured time to connect content to classroom curriculum, and meaningful opportunities to share best practices with fellow St. Louis–area educators.

Our 2017 program, St. Louis: First in Civil Rights, will critically examine the city's central role in the struggle for racial equality and social justice in the United States. From its infancy to the present, the African American freedom struggle in St. Louis has reflected central themes and issues in American history, making it an ideal case study for understanding the struggle at the national level. Studying St. Louis's civil rights movement, including its 19th-century foundations, will assist educators in developing a more nuanced, analytically driven, and content-rich approach to teaching the most impactful and politically generative social movement of the 20th century. The program will guide participants in exploring how the city’s crossroads status as a border state, along with the depth of community building among black residents, made St. Louis a key battleground for struggles over race, education, and housing.

Participant Outcomes:

  • broaden and deepen understanding of the civil rights movement with a special focus on St. Louis people, places, and events
  • make connections between the local St. Louis stories and the arc of the national civil rights movement
  • learn a variety of teaching strategies to help students connect with the stories of the civil rights movement

APPLY NOW using the Register link at the bottom of this page!

The Summer Teacher Institute is limited to 20 participants. In order to ensure that participants are a good fit for the nature and goals of the workshop, the application includes two short essay questions that will be reviewed by the Institute director. Please note that preference will be given to applicants currently teaching K–12 audiences in a school setting or informal learning setting (such as an after-school program or museum).

Participant Benefits:
Stipends: Applicants who are accepted to the Summer Teacher Institute and present for the entirety of the workshop will receive a stipend of at least $100. Participants absent from any part of the workshop will be ineligible to receive the stipend.
Lunch provided: Lunch will be provided all five days of the workshop.
Certificates of Participation: A certificate of participation, including contact hours, and the names and affiliations of the instructors will be provided.

About the Workshop Facilitators:
Missouri History Museum Staff
Sarah Sims manages K–12 education programs at the Missouri History Museum. In this role she plans and facilitates teacher professional development, creates and evaluates school programs, and leads the team of educators that facilitates school programs at the Museum. Sims's areas of interest are museum literacy, inquiry-based learning and teaching, and the connection between empathy and the museum experience. Her professional experience spans both classroom teaching and informal education. Sims currently serves on the board of directors for the Museum Education Roundtable.

University of Missouri Faculty
Keona K. Ervin, Ph.D., is assistant professor of African American history and faculty affiliate in the Department of Black Studies at the University of Missouri. A Center for Missouri Studies Faculty Fellow at the State Historical Society of Missouri, Ervin is completing a book titled Gateway to Equality: Black Women and the Struggle for Economic Justice in St. Louis. A recipient of the Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (2015), the Arts and Sciences Faculty Fellowship from the University of Missouri (2015), and the Huggins-Quarles Dissertation Award from the Organization of American Historians (2008), Ervin has published peer-reviewed articles in International Labor and Working-Class History, the Journal of Civil and Human Rights, and Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society. A 2016 recipient of the Provost's Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award, Ervin’s teaching interests include black freedom movement studies, urban history, black women’s history, and U.S. labor and working-class history. She is teaching a new course, The Wire: Race, Urban Inequality, and the “Crisis” of the American City, in fall 2016.

The Summer Teacher Institute is an annual professional development event. Here’s what educators had to say about last year’s Institute:
“I got lots of helpful resources to use in the class and as I plan over the summer.”

“Everything was relevant and interesting. Extremely good planning and materials.”

“This was one of the best (if not the best) PDs I have attended.”

“Excellent pedagogical applications.”

“It was great being able to collaborate with my peers and the Museum folks.”

"Opened my mind to multiple opportunities for learning."

When: Monday, July 17 2017 at 9:00 am (past)
Tuesday, July 18 2017 at 9:00 am (past)
Wednesday, July 19 2017 at 9:00 am (past)
Thursday, July 20 2017 at 9:00 am (past)
Friday, July 21 2017 at 9:00 am (past)
Where: Throughout the Museum
How Much:Free, but applications must be submitted and admission granted to attend
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