Fellow teachers!

We have written a lot on this blog about using regional writers in our classrooms, and if you haven’t checked out the #AppalachianSyllabus tab on this web site, you need to.  

If you’ve wanted to explore Appalachian literature and studies, but didn’t know where to start, consider this professional development from Shepherd University.

Shepherd University is offering an extraordinary opportunity this winter to grow your own Appalachian Studies curriculum, and teachers will receive a stipend for attending

Don’t miss this chance! 

The BRIDGE Institute is modeled after Shepherd’s successful NEH Summer Institute for Teachers, bringing this same content to the community.

See the press release from Shepherd University below: 

Shepherd University Receives WV BRIDGE Grant for Teacher/Community Leadership Institute

The Shepherd University Center for Appalachian Studies and Communities received a $10,000 grant for a community leadership institute: “Voices from the Misty Mountains, Reclaiming Our Story for a New Appalachia: An Appalachian Institute for Community Leadership,” February 4-April 28, 2020, Tuesdays, 5:00-6:30 p.m. on the Shepherd University campus. The BRIDGE grant specifically targets underserved communities in order to enrich and enhance them, in this case through an understanding of the history, culture, and literature of Appalachia, specifically West Virginia.

The WV BRIDGE Institute at Shepherd is modeled on the NEH Summer Institute Voices from the Misty Mountains, and many of the same scholars will be part of this BRIDGE learning experience for community leaders.  The difference is that the WV Institute content will specifically be targeted at underserved children, with the aim of utilizing the Institute content directly in the programs and classrooms of the BRIDGE participants.

Teachers and community leaders can use the BRIDGE Institute content for professional development, and they will receive a $500 stipend for their work which they can apply toward materials for their classrooms or toward graduate credit for the Misty Mountains Institute experience.  Teachers and community leaders applying for a position in the Bridge Institute coming from under-served institutions will be given the highest priority for a position in the Institute.

For a copy of the Bridge Institute application form and Institute calendar, contact Dr. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies and Communities at SShurbut@shepherd.edu or call 912.655.2380(cell)/304.876.3119 (message). 

The application deadline is January 24, 2020.



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