Churchill Archives for Schools


 The Churchill Archives for Schools provides an expanding range of classroom-ready resources specially written and developed by leading history educators to engage and excite as well as inform and challenge.  Based around four broad topics in modern world history, the Churchill Archive for Schools also offers teachers and students an accessible entry-point to the complete Churchill Archive.

A small team of talented educators has developed a series of teaching investigations in support of the Churchill For Schools archive to help make sense of the role and perspective of Winston Churchill in world history and in Anglo-American relations.  Access to this archive is now free and open to schools, and I’d like to invite you to register your school today.


Andy Mink

Board of Directors, National Council for Social Studies

Board of Directors, National Council for History Education

Distinguished Speaker, Organization of American Historians







The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) has partnered with NCSS in a variety of ways.  Here is an opportunity for teachers in your states.

ABOTA is hosting a National Teachers Law School for social studies administrators on Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2016. We are now accepting applications through April 22ndand would love to get the word out about this to the CS4 group.

This is a wonderful all-expense-paid trip for 45 social studies educators from across the country. You can visit this link for more details and registration

And, as always, thank you for your continued support!


Tamara Sivachelvan

Civics Education Director

ABOTA Foundation

Direct: (214) 239-0226

Cell: (972) 898-5310


J.R. Clifford Project


Friends of Blackwater’s  is offering copies of the recently published “Stories from West Virginia’s Civil Rights History,” by Tom Rodd, to schoolteachers across the state — for FREE!  The stories are suitable for middle- and high-school students, and include vocabulary and discussion sections.  The stories are “J.R. Clifford and the Carrie Williams Case,” and a story on the creation of West Virginia in the midst of the Civil War titled “A New Home for Liberty.”


To obtain one or more free copies, contact Brandae Mullins at 304-345-7663 x2 or


Printing costs were covered by a Community Participation Grant from the West Virginia Legislature and a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council allows Friends of Blackwater to distribute the books at no cost.


In addition, the grant allowed us to hold a special event on October 30, 2015 at the West Virginia University Law School — celebrating the life of Carrie Williams. Carrie Williams was an African American school teacher who taught in the Town of Coketon, at the head of the Blackwater Canyon. She and her lawyer J.R. Clifford challenged limited schooling for black children in Tucker County, and won in front of the West Virginia Supreme Court in 1898, setting a national precedent!! Her descendants attended the October celebration and received a citation in her honor!


For more information about the book and the October event, please visit   You can also find The J.R. Clifford Project on Facebook at



Brandae Mullins

Friends of Blackwater

501 Elizabeth Street, Charleston, WV 25311

Phone:  304-345-7663 x2

Cell:  304-881-9016

Geography Intern Program

Geography Intern Program Now Accepting Applications


Class of 2015

The National Geographic Society’s Geography Intern Program application process for 2016 is up and running. Click here to access the application.
We are accepting applications for both the summer and fall semesters now through Friday, April 8, 2016. Please help us spread the word to your networks or anyone you know who is interested. For more information, please visit our website.

Innovation Award

EPA Invites Applications for the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators


Applications are now being accepted for the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), administers this award to honor, support, and encourage educators who incorporate environmental education in their classrooms and teaching methods.


This program recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. Up to two teachers from each of the EPA’s 10 regions will be selected to receive this award. Applicants will be evaluated based on five primary factors: innovation, achievement, service to the community and underserved populations, leadership, and integration of environmental education.


Applications are due May 16, 2016. For details on how to apply, visit:


Read about previous winners at:

Giant Traveling Maps-Summer Inst

Summer Institute for National Initiative – State Giant Traveling Maps


Reminder: Please invite 3rd and 4th grade teachers from your state. This institute and the Giant State Traveling Maps are tailored for these grades, so it is critical to invite grade-appropriate educators.


As discussed at the Annual Meeting, we are excited to host educators at the 2016 Summer Institute that will focus on State Giant Traveling Maps! Each state will receive one state map and materials as a gift from National Geographic, to arrive in the state no later than September 1, 2016.


Please select up to two teachers who currently teach 3rd or 4th grade to attend the summer institute in July. Here is a draft email you can fill in the blanks to customize and send to the educators that you nominate. The invitation includes a sign-up form and instructions for the participants. Please complete your selection process by April 15.


A follow-up request regarding mailing logistics for the map and materials will be sent to ACs in April. If you have questions, please reach out to Nina Page at


Summer Institute Dates and Locations
Washington, D.C. July 11-12 Colorado July 14-15
Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois/Chicago, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont,

Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Fulbright Awards


Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program Opportunities Abroad for U.S. K-12 Educators


Announcing the launch of the 2016 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program Online Application for U.S. K-12 educators!

Are you a U.S.:

Primary and/or secondary classroom teacher?
Guidance counselor?
Curriculum specialist?
Gifted and Talented or Special Education coordinator?
Media specialist/librarian?
Other type of K-12 educator that spends at least 50% of your time working with students?

You may be eligible to participate in a unique international professional development opportunity for 2-8 weeks via the Fulbright Program!

Through the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program, U.S. K-12 teachers and educators can apply for grants to engage in 2-8 week collaborative projects abroad. Participants consult with and support projects with schools, non-profit organizations, teacher training institutions, and other educational organizations abroad. The grant award funds travel costs, lodging, meals, local transportation, and related costs.

Teachers may travel to: Botswana, India, Mexico, or Vietnam. Click here to view individual project summaries for details on program opportunities.


Application deadlines:

April 18, 2016 (Summer 2016 programs)

May 9, 2016 (Fall 2016 programs)
Eligibility Requirements:
Application Info:

This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Institute of International Education.

Summer Institute-Gilded Age…



“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.



Lisa Oppenheim

Director, Chicago Metro History Fair

Chicago Metro History Education Center

60 West Walton, Chicago IL, 60610

GNL PH: 312.255.3661

MOBILE PH: 312.636.2031