Missouri Summer Teachers Academy


A residential conference held each June in Columbia, the Missouri Summer Teachers Academy provides high school social studies educators from all corners of the state with an all-expense-paid opportunity to develop new content knowledge in their primary subject fields by studying a theme from American political history alongside MU Professors of Law, History, Political Science, and Education, as well as invited scholars from around the region and nation. This year’s Academy will take place June 11-13, 2019, on the MU campus. Thanks to the generous support of the Missouri Humanities Council, teachers are provided with housing for the duration of the conference, breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day, and a small stipend to offset travel and other related costs.


As the above image suggests, time will certainly be spent at this year’s Teachers Academy considering the origins and events of the American Revolution. But this will hardly be the lone revolution, or lone form of revolution, that will be explored. Attention will be paid, for example, to some of the other political revolutions—in Haiti or France—that occurred during the eighteenth century. Other seminars might focus on revolutionary inventions, ideas, or pedagogies, or to the very concept of ‘revolution’ itself.

This page will be updated with specific topics to be discussed at the 2019 Missouri Summer Teachers Academy as individual seminars are scheduled.


To apply, teachers need only send an email to Kinder Institute Communications Associate and MSTA organizer Thomas Kane, KaneTC@missouri.edu, that includes: the name of the school at which you teach; grade levels and courses taught; and a brief statement about why you’re interested in attending this year’s Missouri Summer Teachers Academy. Applications will officially open on February 15, 2019, and we will accept applications until all seats at the Academy, space at which is limited, are filled. Teachers will be notified of their application status no later than April 1, 2019.

In addition to self-nominations, we accept nominations of teachers from high school principals and vice principals, department heads, and district social studies coordinators, as well as from Missouri state legislators.