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Teaching of Slavery

In Spotlight on May 18, 2017 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: ,

Eleven graduate students across the nation were selected recently for research fellowships by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project. The fellowships are part of a multiyear initiative to improve the teaching of slavery in K-12 schools across the nation. The fellows curate historical documents and other teaching materials on American slavery to provide teachers with a resource of free and well-researched materials to use in the classroom.

Three graduate students working with Dr. Kathy Swan at the University of Kentucky College of Education – Carly Muetterties, Ryan Lewis and Kenny Stancil – are part of the cohort. Swan serves on the advisory board for the Teaching Tolerance project, and is the national fellows coordinator.

For more information about the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Teaching Tolerance project, visit



Clements Award

In Alerts on March 16, 2015 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , , , ,

The National Archives and the University of Kentucky Libraries Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center are pleased to announce the Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Award for Civics and History Teachers (Clements Award).

The Clements Award honors the life and career of the late Earle C. Clements and his lifelong commitment to education and public service. Clements’ political career included service as a county sheriff, clerk, and judge; in the state senate and as governor; and in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, where he was a close colleague to Lyndon Baines Johnson. Bess Abell, Clements’ daughter, is both a board member of the Foundation for the National Archives and alum of the University of Kentucky. [NOTE: This award was announced at our last KATH meeting – see more at the 2014 Annual Meeting webpage.]

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 10, 2015 (postmarked or emailed by)

Three teachers throughout the state will be selected by an independent review panel for the Clements Award and will receive $1,000 each.  The award criteria include the following:

Teacher’s knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the subject and commitment to increasing student awareness of the importance of public service. Demonstrates expertise in civics and history content and the ability to share it with students

  • Conveys enthusiasm for teaching civics and history and motivates students to learn and achieve
  • Employs active learning techniques and inspires students to be informed and active citizens

Impact on Student Success

  • Motivates students to achieve high standards
  • Initiates critical thinking and fosters informed student discussion
  • Promotes academic success and cultivates a love of learning in students of all abilities and backgrounds

Evidence of creativity and innovation

  • Improves learning by using creative, original, and effective teaching methods
  • Uses technology in innovative ways to improve learning outcomes
  • Incorporates primary sources in innovative lessons that improve student achievement

Eligibility: All high school history and civics (social studies) teachers

Application packets must include the following:

  1.      Completed application
  2.      Letter from applicant addressing above criteria
  3.      Letter of support from principal
  4.      Sample assignment
  5.      Other supporting materials (may include student letters of support)


Application deadline April 10, 2015
Award notification by May 4, 2015
Award ceremony in Lexington, KY June 2015

Application packets may be sent via mail:

Clements Award
Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center
Margaret I. King Library
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0039

or completed electronically

Questions: contact Deirdre A. Scaggs, Associate Dean, Special Collections Research Center, University of Kentucky Libraries, via email at

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