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Mississippi Teacher Fellowship on Civil Rights Movement and Labor History


Photo by Herbert Randall.

Freedom School, 1964. Photo by Herbert Randall.

We are pleased to announce that Mississippi middle and high public school teachers are invited to apply for a teacher fellowship program on Mississippi history with focus on the Civil Rights Movement and labor history. 

The purpose of this fellowship program is to begin to build a sustainable statewide learning community of classroom language arts, social studies, and history teachers in grades 6–12 for teaching hands-on, inquiry based U.S. history through the lens of race and class in Mississippi history.

The fellows will attend a one week institute and selected seminars. Lessons and other resources will be shared throughout the year. Below is a list of the benefits and expectations.


Teacher fellows will:


Teacher workshop in Jackson, 2009.

  • Attend a full week, all expenses paid institute on Mississippi history and interactive teaching strategies
  • Meet key scholars and veterans of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Develop skills in writing and documentation about teaching practices
  • Explore and adapt lessons that address skills and content in the state standards for U.S. history and Common Core
  • Contribute to the availability of resources and effective strategies for teaching in a meaningful way about Mississippi history
  • Have the opportunity to take history tours, attend conferences, and/or attend special seminars on Mississippi history
  • Receive books, films, other classroom resources
  • Receive a stipend
  • Become part of a teacher network


Teacher fellows commit to:


Teacher workshop in Gulfport, 2009.

  • Attend a 3 to 5 day institute
  • Read selected texts
  • Administer pre- and post-surveys with students
  • Share results from use of lessons in the classroom
  • Attend at least two seminars or related events during the school year.
  • Engage in students in Historypin
  • (Optional) Assist students in creating projects for participation in National History Day.


The application is an online Google form. It should take about 20-30 minutes to complete. Use the link below to apply today.

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Partners and Funding

The partners for this effort include: Mississippi State Department of Education, the Civil Rights & Social Justice Initiatives at Tougaloo College, the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute, the COFO Civil Rights Education Center, the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Veterans, the International Museum of Muslim Cultures, the Margaret Walker Archives at Jackson State University, the Right Question Institute, Mississippi History Day, and the University of Southern Mississippi.

WKKF_BW_logo_reversedThe funding is provided by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to Teaching for Change called “Nurturing a Teacher Learning Community for Student Achievement and Civic Engagement through Mississippi History.”

More Information

If you have questions or comments, contact the Teaching for Change office via email.