Mar/Apr 2016 newsletter

March/April Newsletter

First Light Workshops

hosted by Upstander Project and Maine Historical Society

Monday, April 18, 1-4:30pm at Maine Historical Society, Portland
Tuesday, April 19, 9am-12:30pm at the William S. Cohen School, Bangor

Middle and high school teachers are invited to join the Upstander Project and Maine Historical Society for a workshop on the Wabanaki in Maine Monday, April 18, 1:00 - 4;30pm at Maine Historical Society in Portland or Tuesday, April 19th, 9:00am – 12:30pm at the William S. Cohen School in Bangor.

We will watch the 13-minute documentary, First Light, and test its companion online learning resources to deepen our understanding of the historical context of the Maine Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The commission released its final report in June 2015 and found that from 2002-2013 Wabanaki children were five times more likely to enter foster care than non-Native children. The commission was dedicated to uncovering and acknowledging the truth about what happened to Wabanaki children and families involved with the Maine child welfare system, promote healing, and contribute to change in child welfare practices.

Participants will get primary and secondary source documents, learn new interactive techniques, talk with the filmmaker, discover how to teach this as a contemporary story, participate in Listening Circles and textual analysis activities, and will receive a free copy of First Light.

Space is limited to the first 25 participants in each location.

Sign up now at

For more information, contact Kathleen Neumann at MHS; 207-774-1822, ext. 124,


Student Humanities Ambassador

The Maine Humanities Council is seeking high school students, clubs, and committees for our Student Humanities Ambassador Program, in which we give students $1,000 to create, plan, run, and evaluate a humanities-based program or event within their communities. 

This program offers students the opportunity to spark humanities-based conversations about the issues and ideas they really care about. Committed, passionate, and excited students do well with this project, as well as those who would benefit from an alternative learning environment or who flourish in an environment of structured autonomy. 

Past projects have included a short film and a public panel discussion, but the sky is the limit. Students need not have a final project idea when they apply, just a broad interest area (a few examples: exploring feminism, understanding fear, racial justice, youth homelessness). 

The deadline is March 31, 2016 for projects in the 2016-17 school year. Visit our website to learn more:

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for Teachers: The Dutch Republic and Britain

A five week NEH Summer Seminar For School Teachers--The Dutch Republic and Britain: The Making of a World Economy and Modern Society--will be offered by Gerard M. Koot, Professor of History, at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth from 26 June to July 29, 2016. NEH will provide a $3,900 stipend for expenses.

The application deadline is March 1, 2016.

For more information, see or write

Congressional Medal of Honor Project

The Maine Department of the Secretary of State is inviting all teachers, administrators and community leaders to consider the Congressional Medal of Honor Project, which seeks to promote the recognition of Maine’s MOH recipients with a permanent memorial in their hometown.

Participants in this project study their local Congressional Medal of Honor recipient(s) and combine their resources to either add a means of recognition to an existing memorial or establish a new memorial for the recipient. Research, design, public presentations, fundraising and an enduring memorial are the key elements of this project, which can be customized for your community. The Secretary of State is the overseer of the State's documents and historical artifacts within the Maine State Archives, which offers a wide variety of resources.

Visit for more information and you can e-mail Communications Director Kristen Muszynski or call 626-8404 with any questions.

National Park Trust's annual Kids to Parks Day National School Contest 


National Park Trust's annual Kids to Parks Day National School Contest empowers students to plan their own educational park experience!

Open to all Title 1 schools for grades PreK through 12, this contest provides grants of up to $1,000 to cover transportation, park-related fees, stewardship supplies, or anything else students believe would enhance their experience. Our 2016 contest will be awarding 100 park grants to 100 schools nationwide.

Deadline is March 4, 2016. Details can be found at

National institute on Japan for K-8 educators

This summer Primary Source is sponsoring a national institute on Japan for K-8 educators. It will be held at Showa/Boston and will explore how Japanese have interacted over time with the natural world. 

We have funding to cover fees and housing for those who live over 50 miles away.

Learn more at:

Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressivisms: Race, Capitalism, and Democracy, 1877 to 1920

A Summer Institute for Current and Future K-12 Teachers

June 26– July 22, 2016

Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Metro History Education Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Loyola University Chicago invite K-12 teachers to apply for “Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressivisms: Race, Capitalism, and Democracy, 1877 to 1920.” Participants in this National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored program will spend four weeks in Chicago, a center of Progressive Era reform, engaging in vigorous discussions about this critical time period in American history and creating materials to use in their classrooms. Award-winning historian Robert Johnston (University of Illinois at Chicago) will guide the institute’s academic content, with the help of renowned experts in history, art, and architecture. Charles Tocci (Loyola University Chicago) will direct teaching application discussions, along with master teacher Michael Biondo (Maine South High School). For more information, contact Rachel Allmen, CMHEC,

Benefits include:

  • Stimulating readings and discussions with scholars and peers
  • Time to explore and create practical applications for your classroom
  • A $3,300 stipend to defray travel, lodging, and study expenses
  • A chance to personally experience Chicago’s Gilded Age and Progressive Era history and culture
  • For full details, visit Applications are due March 1, 2016.

2016 APA TOPSS Charles T. Blair-Broeker Excellence in Teaching Award

This award provides an opportunity for American Psychology Association's Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) to recognize outstanding teachers in psychology. There will be up to three annual awards.

Winners will receive a framed certificate, engraved award, cash prize of $500, and a free TOPSS membership or renewal for the 2017 membership year. Additionally, Worth Publishers is generously donating a $500 credit to Bedford Freeman & Worth Publishers and a copy of the “High School Psychology Video Anthology DVD” to each of the winning teachers.

The application Deadline is: March 15, 2016.  Click here for more details:


2016 TOPSS Essay Competition for High School Psychology Students

Students are asked to write an essay of no more than 3,000 words that addresses the topic of racial bias and that provides information concerning cognitive and social factors that contribute to the problem. Students should also address how implicit bias has informed our understanding of racial biases. In addition, each essay should use existing psychological research to examine how this problem specifically impacts the criminal justice system. Four winners will be selected for this year’s competition, each of whom will receive a $250 award.

For the full essay question and competition rules and guidelines, visit The deadline for submission is March 15, 2016, and essays should be submitted through an online database, available through the website above.

2016 APA/Clark University Workshop for High School Teachers

The 12th annual APA/Clark workshop will be held July 20-22, 2016, at Clark University in Worcester, MA. Presenters will include Alan Feldman of Glen Rock High School, Glen Rock, New Jersey, and Virginia Welle of Chippewa Falls High School, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin; the keynote address and faculty presenters from the Clark University psychology department will be announced by the spring.  There is no registration fee and room and board are provided.  In addition, all participants will receive travel stipends up to $150 and limited travel scholarships are available based upon need.  The workshop is limited to 25 teachers. 

The application deadline is April 15, 2016. For more information and to apply online, visit:

Religious Revivals, Utopian Societies and the Shaker Experience in America

A National Endowment for the Humanities LandmarksWorkshop for School Teachers

Sessions: June 19-25 and June 26-July 2, 2016

NEH Landmark Workshops immerse scholars in the past.

As a participant you will:

  • Engage in interactive seminars with scholars
  • Tour Hancock Shaker Village, Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon and Watervliet Shaker Historic District
  • Examine rare Shaker manuscripts and artifacts at the New York State Museum and New York State Library
  • Learn how to utilize Shaker materials in the classroom and bring the fascinating history of the Shakers to life for contemporary students

Accommodations and Facilities: Siena College’s beautiful park-like setting that is located two miles north of Albany, the capital of New York.

Apply Now: The application process is easy and is located on the Siena College website ( Application Deadline: March 1, 2016

For More Information Contact the Project Director, Jennifer Dorsey, Ph.D., at

2016 STUDY CANADA Summer Institute for K-12 Educators

Across the Salish Sea: Canada-US Connections in the Pacific Northwest

June 27-July 1, 2016 in Seattle, WA (2N) and Victoria, BC (2N)

Directed by T. Storer (WWU), D. Rossiter (WWU) and N. Fabbi (UW)

$650 Registration Cost – Travel Support Available –

So that American students learn more about the world and continental history, the U.S. D.O.E.-designated Pacific Northwest National Resource Center on Canada offers the STUDY CANADA Summer Institute for K-12 Educators annually.  The renowned program has provided educators with an excellent foundation for teaching about our vital political, economic, environmental and cultural relationships with Canada for almost 40 years. Teachers from every state have learned about core social studies topics related to Canada—such as geography, history, government, and economics—from university faculty and other expert program staff. Beginning in 2015, a unique two-nation agenda was developed to highlight the ties that bind the US and Canada as cultural cousins, political neighbors, environmental stewards of the continent, and as trade partners with strong ties to Pacific Rim nations.   Important outcomes have always included gaining global perspectives of civic issues, receiving numerous resources for classroom use, and developing curricula that meet Common Core, C3 and state standards.


A draft agenda and detailed program guide can be viewed online. Note that the $650 registration fee includes a choice of 3 WWU undergraduate quarter credits (C/AM 410) or 40 WA State-issued clock hours, 4N hotel accommodations (the downtown Sheraton Hotel in Seattle and the Empress Hotel in Victoria), daily breakfasts, two lunches and one dinner as well as ferry transportation across the Salish Sea. Multiple $250 travel awards and one $650 tuition award are available this year.

Now is the time to register! Simply download the registration form online and mail it with full payment to Western Washington University as instructed on the form or follow the hyperlink at for immediate online registration. Check your award eligibility and, once registered, apply separately as instructed.  Contact for a personal response to program and financial support inquiries.

Tina Storer, K-12 STUDY CANADA Education and Curriculum Specialist

Pacific Northwest National Resource Center on Canada

Center for Canadian-American Studies at Western Washington University

516 High Street, Canada House #202

Bellingham, WA 98225-9110

PH: 360-650-7370    FX: 360-650-3995

Email:   Web:

Demon Times: Temperance, Immigration, and Progressivism in an American City

Come learn about America’s Demon Times! This one-week workshop, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will consider Temperance, immigration, and the Progressive movement in American history and culture. Teachers will experience landmarks of the temperance movement and the immigrant experience in late 19th and early 20th century America by exploring Columbus and nearby Westerville, Ohio. Westerville was the home of the Anti-Saloon League, a major temperance organization that explicitly warned against the influence of alcohol, Catholics, and immigrants. Columbus was home to a large German immigrant population, with an attendant brewing industry. This small town and nearby city are emblematic of America in the Progressive Era.

Participants will receive a $1,200 stipend to help cover the cost of travel and lodging. Workshop dates: July 10-15 or July 24-29, 2016. Application deadline: March 1, 2016. Learn more at


The Lincoln Assassination and its Legacy in the Nation’s Capital

Evening of Sunday, July 24 to Friday, July 29, 2016

Free, including shared hotel room and air travel, for qualifying teachers*

Join up to 25 teachers to explore the Lincoln assassination, the conspirator’s trial, primary sources detailing personal responses to the event, Reconstruction and Lincoln’s legacy where these important events took place.

  • Learn how Washington’s transformation during the Civil War lay the groundwork for Reconstruction in our nation’s capital
  • Explore the Lincoln assassination, the trial of the conspirators and their lasting implications for our military and civil justice systems
  • Examine how the Civil War has been remembered across time through the study of monuments and memorials

All participants are eligible to obtain 3 graduate credit hours through Trinity University for $375

For more information and to apply, visit:

The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows

Join up to 25 teachers to learn about Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Washington during the Civil War as you spend a day at each of these fascinating sites! 

Session 2 (National Borders, Grades 3 - 12): Evening of Sunday, July 10 to Friday, July 15, 2016

Free, including housing and travel, for qualifying teachers*

As part of our six-day program, you will:

Come away from your week in Washington familiar with: an array of virtual tours, the oratory skills to get your students on their feet performing speeches by Lincoln and Douglass; comfortable taking students on content-driven experiential learning adventures; and excited about using classroom drama to help historic characters come alive!

All Fellows are eligible to obtain 3 graduate credit hours through Trinity University for $375

Apply here:

Applications are due by April 4, 2016

For more information contact:

NCTA at the Program for Teaching East Asia, University of Colorado Invites Applications to 2016 Summer Institutes

These summer programs, sponsored by the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) and the Program for Teaching East Asia at the University of Colorado are open to secondary teachers nationwide. Teachers selected for the programs will receive a travel stipend, room and board, and resource materials. Participants in “Japan’s Olympic Challenges” qualify for a Summer 2017 study program in Japan. Full details and application information are provided in the linked flyers. Application deadline for both institutes is March 18, 2016.

Japan’s Olympic Challenges: 20th-Century Legacies, 21st-Century Aspirations

July 10-15, 2016

As it prepares to host the 2020 Olympics, Japan is focused on national renewal, even as it continues to negotiate postwar legacies that impact how Japanese people and the world see that nation. Open to secondary social studies teachers nationwide, this 5-day institute on the CU-Boulder campus will consider how the past and the future intersect as Japan prepares to showcase its accomplishments to the world. The institute will explore the impact of enduring issues on contemporary Japanese society, government, global and intra-Asian relations, and Olympic goals and aspirations.

Go to for detailed flyer and application, available now at

For questions, contact  2017 study in Japan: As a follow-up to this institute, participants will have the opportunity to apply for a 10-day residential seminar in Tokyo in July 2017, pending funding.

Korea's Journey into the 21st Century: Historical Contexts, Contemporary Issues

July 24-28, 2016

In this 4-day residential summer institute, secondary teachers will consider modern and contemporary South Korea's distinct history, geography, intra-peninsular and international relations, and transnational cultural transmissions (e.g., K-pop, film, and design). Participants will work with specialists to learn about the Korean peninsula beyond the media coverage, drawing on Korean narratives and texts to enrich their teaching about contemporary South Korea in the classroom.

Click for detailed flyer and application, available now.

For questions, contact

These programs are made possible through the generous funding of the Freeman Foundation to NCTA, the US-Japan Foundation through TEA’s “Olympic Opportunity” project, and the Korea Foundation.

Living on the Edge of Empire: Alliance, Conflict and Captivity 

Living on the Edge of Empire: Alliance, Conflict and Captivity is a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for K-12 teachers and librarians hosted by the Deerfield Teachers' Center of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield, MA. The workshop will be presented the week of July 10 through July 15 and again the week of July 24 through July 29, 2016. The workshop places the Deerfield Raid of 1704 in the broader context of the history of Colonial New England.

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2016.

Go to for a description of the program and instructions on how to apply. NEH Summer Scholars who are chosen for these workshops will be awarded a $1200 stipend to help defray travel and accommodation costs.

For a century from 1660 to 1760 the bucolic New England village of Deerfield was a crossroads where differing visions and ambitions of diverse Native American Nations and European colonial empires interacted peacefully and clashed violently. During a memorable three-hour span in the early 1700s, the town stood at the center of the struggle to control the continent. The 1704 Raid on Deerfield is a doorway to a fascinating and important part of American history. It was an event rooted in religious conflicts, personal and family retribution, alliance, and kinship ties. The Raid on Deerfield and the colonial world that produced it, helped to create a distinctive American identity and world view that became a backdrop for the American Revolution.

Workshop Summer Scholars will explore global issues while also considering ways in which this history can offer a compelling entry point for teaching the complexities of the early American colonial period and the many cultural groups who comprised it – Native nations, enslaved Africans, and the French and English settlers.