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. The 2018 Academy will take place June 12-14, 2018, on the MU campus. Thanks to the generous support of the Missouri Humanities Council teachers are provided with housing, materials, breakfast and dinner each day, and a stipend to offset travel and other related costs.


The state of Missouri was born out of—and right back into—crisis, a fact that, while illustrative of some of the moral nadirs of the United States’ trajectory, makes study of Missouri history particularly enlightening. In examining the tumultuous conditions that the state has faced—and the historical inflection points that have come about as a result of these conditions—a rather complicated, often disjointed narrative rises to the surface: one marked by conflict, resolution, and subsequent conflict; by a spirit of progress that is rolled back only to be re-energized in new, but still incomplete, terms. In this sense, perhaps more than any other state’s, Missouri’s history is intertwined with the nation’s, so much so that the two stories appear at times to be indistinguishable.

With the state’s bicentennial on the horizon, this history—these histories—are due to be revisited. To advance this end, the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy and Missouri Humanities Council are currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Missouri Summer Teachers Academy, which will explore some of the landmark and less studied events and figures in Missouri history and map their significance onto the national development of democratic politics and culture from the eighteenth century to the present.


The nomination process for the 2018 Missouri Summer Teachers Academy will take place in two phases:

Early Nomination Period (December 15, 2017 – January 31, 2018): During the early nomination period, principals, department heads, district social studies coordinators, and state legislators will be able to nominate teachers who they believe would uniquely benefit from participating in the Academy. Nominators should email Kinder Institute Communications Associate Thomas Kane, at KaneTC@missouri.edu, with the teacher’s name, school, and classes and grade levels taught, as well as a brief description of the nominee’s exceptional success in the classroom.

Self-Nomination Period (February 1, 2018 – March 15, 2018): Should seats still remain after the early nomination period, teachers can nominate themselves for participation in the Academy. To do so, they should submit the following information to Thomas Kane at KaneTC@missouri.edu: name, school, and classes and grade levels taught, as well as a one-page statement about their interest in studying Missouri history, including how they imagine implementing new materials in the classroom.

Participation in the Missouri Summer Teachers Academy is capped at 15, and teachers are encouraged to discuss early nominations with school/district administrators or state legislators. Teachers can receive up to 20 hours of professional development credit for attending the Academy.

A full recap of the 2017 Missouri Summer Teachers Academy, which looked at the theme of the origins and legacy of the Bill of Rights, can be found here.