Missouri Summer Teachers Academy


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The Missouri Humanities Council and Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri are excited to announce that the second annual Missouri Summer Teachers Academy will be held June 12-15, 2017, in Columbia, MO. The Missouri Summer Teachers Academy provides high school social studies educators from all corners of the state with an opportunity to gain new insight into their primary subject fields by spending three days exploring a theme from American political and constitutional history alongside MU faculty and other scholars from around the region. The 2017 Academy will address the theme of the origins, creation, and legacy of the Bill of Rights through lectures and seminars emphasizing topics ranging from 18th century arguments about the very need for a Bill of Rights to contemporary questions about money, electoral politics, and the First Amendment.

There will be an opening reception for the Academy on the evening of June 12 for all who are able to attend. Each full day of the Academy (June 13-15) will consist of two 75-minute seminars before lunch and an additional seminar after lunch. The afternoon seminar will be followed by a pedagogy breakout session, during which teachers can discuss strategies for incorporating the day’s materials into the high school curriculum and classroom with colleagues in the field of education. On June 13 and 14, programming will conclude with a dinner reception and lecture.

Missouri Humanities and the Kinder Institute provide all attendees with lodging for the duration of the Academy, breakfast and dinner each day, and a small stipend to offset travel costs and other incidental expenses. In addition, teachers can receive up to 20 hours of professional development credit for participating in the Academy.

A full recap of the 2016 Missouri Summer Teachers Academy, which looked at the theme of majority rule and minority rights, can be found here. We will update the website in the coming months with news regarding seminars being developed for this year’s Teachers Academy, including readings that might help shed greater light on the subject(s) being addressed when possible.


The official nomination period for the 2017 Missouri Summer Teachers Academy is now open and will run through April 1, 2017. State legislators and school administrators who would like to nominate a teacher who they feel would especially benefit from this opportunity should email Kinder Institute Communications Associate Thomas Kane, KaneTC@missouri.edu, with the following information: the teacher’s name, school, grade levels and classes taught, and a brief statement about his or her successes in the classroom and/or why he or she would be a fit for this program. Teachers nominated early will be contacted on or before April 1 to confirm their interest in participating. Attendance at the 2017 Academy is capped at 20 teachers.

In addition, teachers interested in attending the 2017 Missouri Summer Teachers Academy should contact a school administrator–principal, vice principal, district social studies coordinator, department head–regarding a nomination now that the official process has begun. Any questions regarding attendance can be directed to Thomas Kane at the email address above.


The inspiration for the theme of this year’s Academy came in part from the Missouri Humanities Council’s participation with the National Archives in providing a traveling exhibit, with accompanying public programming and online educational resource material, to local libraries across the state, in commemoration of the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791.  Spotlighting one of the most remarkable periods in American history, the pop-up exhibit contains simple messages conveying the importance of the Bill of Rights, its history and implementation, and its impact today. More information about the exhibit can be found at www.mohumanities.org, or by contacting Missouri Humanities at 314.781.9660.