June 17–21, 2019
National Humanities Center, 7 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC
Teaching, like military service, is a profession in which the personal and professional are very closely tied. Teachers in K–12 grades receive a high degree of training and credentialing, but their practice is also profoundly informed by experience and service. The culture of teaching reflects a civic-minded call to duty, and the motivation and reward is often intrinsic. It should come as no surprise then that many former military personnel choose to enter education in a lateral-entry career path. Service leadership provides the critical motivation that transforms the training from hypothetical to actual.
With generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, this five-day institute will recruit and support up to thirty current educators who are also veterans in a project-based initiative to help classrooms and communities better understand the military family experience. We will use literature to address the key themes of the military experience, and the cohort will be able to apply their personal experience to conceive and lead meaningful school- and community-based projects around these themes.
We seek motivated educators who will transfer this training into an actionable community project that introduces these same techniques to members of their school community. We will reconvene at the Center in spring 2020 to share a showcase of these projects.
Specific duties for participation in this program will be:
- To attend the five-day institute at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, NC
- To develop a project-based plan to address one theme from the institute in your home community during the academic year 2019–20
- To participate in up to three video conferences with program leads during the year in support of your plan
- To attend a one-day showcase presentation of your project at the Center in spring 2020
All participants will receive a $1,000 stipend for travel support.
We are currently accepting applications for enrollment into the Troops to Teachers program. All applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Serve as a current K–12 educator for the 2019–20 academic year
- Serve as current active duty or veteran in one branch of the United States military
- Reside in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Tennessee, Georgia, West Virginia or the District of Columbia
Educators from other states who are interested in applying should contact Andy Mink, Vice President for Education Programs.
To be considered, please submit the following documents, in order, within one PDF file. Please title your PDF “Your Last Name, T2T Application” and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, May 17, 2019.
- Letter of interest (one-page maximum)
- Current CV or resume (five-page maximum)
- Prompt (500-word maximum): Describe one way that you feel your classroom or community could better understand the military experience.