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South Carolina Civil Rights Teacher Institute
Center for Civil Rights Research & History
University of South Carolina
July 9-14, 2017

About the Institute

The Center for Civil Rights History & Research at the University of South Carolina is seeking applications from secondary social studies teachers to participate in an institute on the USC campus from July 9 through July 14, 2017. Fifteen teachers will be selected to immerse themselves in South Carolina civil rights history with a specific emphasis on three Columbia sites: the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House, the Booker T. Washington High School and the South Carolina Statehouse. Teachers will hear from core faculty, visiting scholars, and activists involved in the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s.  They will receive a Teachers’ Guide filled with primary and secondary documents drawn from the Center’s civil rights collections.

Following the institute, participants will have a month to create a set of 3-6 learning activities.  These activities will be compiled into a Sourcebook for Teaching South Carolina Civil Rights History, which will be distributed to all South Carolina school districts and made available to the public via the Center’s website. The SC Sourcebook will also be presented at the South Carolina Council for Social Studies annual conference and the South Carolina Center for Digital Humanities will promote the online resources to its membership.

Participants will be paid a stipend of $1,000 upon completion of the learning activities component. They will also be asked to complete a survey evaluating the Institute and accessing its professional value.

This Institute is made possible by an African American Civil Rights grant from the National Park Service.

Important Dates

Application Due: March 30, 2017
Notification Date: April 20, 2017
Accept/Decline Deadline: April 28, 2017
Institute Dates: July 9-14, 2017
Learning Activities Due: August 14, 2017
Stipend Payment: Upon completion of the learning activities requirement


  • Applicants must teach in a South Carolina middle or high school (preference given to 8th and 11th grade teachers)
  • Applicants must have at least 3-years-experience teaching secondary social studies
  • Applicants must commit to attend the full institute on the University of South Carolina’s Columbia campus
  • Applicants must commit to providing quality learning activities that can be replicated by other South Carolina social studies teachers
  • Applicants who fail to fulfill the obligations of the Institute will receive a reduced stipend

Selection Criteria

A selection committee consisting of the project director, a project scholar, and a veteran teacher will evaluate all completed applications.

Contact information for questions regarding the Institute or this application

Email: sccivilrights@sc.edu

Phone: 803-777-2220