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Opportunities for Educators

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See below for Summer Institutes, professional development, grants, and awards.



Gilder Lehrman National History Teacher of the Year Award

Nominate an elementary teacher by


Do you know an excellent elementary social studies teacher?


Why not nominate them for this prestigious award so their hard work is recognized?


Complete a Nomination form online and submit at





REACH Grants Available From The Arkansas Humanities Council


The Raising Education Achievement and Competence in the Humanities (R.E.A.C.H.) grant offers K-12 teachers in Arkansas up to $2,000 to enhance the teaching of literacy, language studies, social studies, and more.


What kinds of projects are funded?

  • Innovative projects that result in improved student learning outcomes in humanities-related disciplines.
  • Professional development opportunities for teachers and libraries which will enhance their ability to deliver educational opportunities to students which result in improved outcomes for students.

For more information, please contact Jama Best, Senior Program Officer, Arkansas Humanities Council, 407 President Clinton Avenue, Suite 201, Little Rock, AR 72201 or 501.320.5761 or via email at jamabest@sbcglobal.net.




The James H. Atkinson Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Arkansas History is given in his honor. Any elementary or secondary teacher who teaches a course in Arkansas history is eligible for the award. For a copy of the entry form, please contact Donna Ludlow, Business Manager, Arkansas Historical Association, Department of History, Old Main 416, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701, phone 479-575-5884, or e-mail: dludlow@uark.edu. 



A leader in Arkansas history education, James H. Atkinson was a founder and twice president of the Pulaski County Historical Society and editor of its journal for over ten years. For more than twenty years, he served on the editorial staff of the Arkansas Historical Quarterly, and in 1952 he became president of the Arkansas Historical Association. He was also chairman of the Arkansas History Commission for eight of the twelve years that he served on its board. For these enduring contributions, his title, "Mr. Arkansas History," is more than well-deserved. This award for Excellence in the Teaching of Arkansas History is given in his honor.


Please contact Donna Ludlow, Business Manager, for a copy of the entry form at:


Arkansas Historical Association

Department of History, Old Main 416

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701


E-mail: dludlow@uark.edu




Through the generous support of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, Arkansas educators are eligible to attend the George Washington Teachers’ Summer Residential Institute. Now in its thirteenth year, the Institute provides a one-week study program at George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, in northern Virginia for several Arkansas teachers from public and non-public schools, teaching in grades three through twelve.  The weeklong SUMMER program provides an intensive immersion studyof George Washington and his world.  The curriculum includes discussions led by noted Washington scholars and hands-on workshops exploring Washington’s life and interests at Mount Vernon.  Participating teachers will meet with Mount Vernon’s historians, curators, and educators and will spend a day off the estate on site visits exploring 18th century colonial life and politics.  More information is available at http://www.mountvernon.org/education/for-teachers/teaching-institutes-professional-development/residential-programs/summer-residential-programs/ 



The James Madison Fellowship, a federal program, offers secondary level teachers of American history, American government, and social studies up to $24,000 to undertake graduate studies on topics related to the Constitution of the United States. Each year the James Madison Foundation attempts to award at least one fellowship in Arkansas.  For additional information and detailed regulations about the James Madison Fellowship Program, or to receive an application packet, please visit the Foundation’s Web site at www.jamesmadison.com or write directly to the James Madison Fellowship Program, 2201 North Dodge Street, P.O. Box 4030, Iowa City, Iowa 52243-4030. 




Summer Seminars for teachers – weeklong summer seminars offered with renowned American historians.  Learn document-based classroom strategies and share best practices with colleagues. Seminars are open to public and independent school teachers, and graduate credit is available.  Choose from 39 seminars taking place at colleges and universities across the United States and in the UK.  More information is available at http://www.gilderlehrman.org/education/seminar_overview.php 



Check out the many opportunities and programs designed specifically for teachers.    


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