Description of Presidential Academies:
ASPIRE Teachers’ choice of multiple opportunities for Professional Learning in multiple formats, including face-to-face, Web-based, during the school day, after school and on Saturdays. Professional Learning will be focused on instruction covering specific time periods and themes in American History, as well as content specific strategies to help engage students.
Presidential Academies for American History and Civics will lead middle and secondary school teachers in a careful study of the pivotal turning points in American history covering the following:
Year 1) 1619-1783: Creating and Defining a Nation;
Year 2) 1784-1877: Preservation and Redefining a Nation;
Year 3) 1878-1917: Industrialization and Civic Evolution;
Year 4) 1918-1953: World War and Growth of Executive Power;
Year 5) 1954- Current: Civil Rights and Growth of Judiciary Power.
Academies will take the form of professional learning conducted via a combination of night, weekend, school-day sessions, in conjunction with an NCHE five-day Summer Academy presented daily by a Historian, a Master History Teacher, and a learning specialist and a 4-day Experiential Immersion Presidential Academy trip to a significant historical city within the theme to provide further first-hand opportunities to pull from when teaching. The Academy thereby exposes participants to the ideas and arguments that shaped these great American epochs, the documents that make up our history, and the places where the history was made.
Schedule of Events
SEPT. 13, 2019 PRESIDENTIAL ACADEMY #1 KEDC ASHLAND 9am-4pm
Dr. C. Resor, Remembering the Dead in the Nineteenth Century (C); KY YMCA (SCE); KEDC ACE (SCE); D. Cullen, Bumper Sticker Rubrics (TS)
SEPT. 14, 2019 (S)PRESIDENTIAL ACADEMY #2 KEDC LEXINGTON 9am-4pm
Rachael Yaden, Social Studies Standards 1 (C); KY YMCA (SCE); History Bee (SCE)
SEPT. 21, 2019 (S)PRESIDENTIAL ACADEMY #3 KEDC LEXINGTON 9am-4pm
Dr. D. Eubank, The American Military Experience: Unique Traits in American History (C); D. Cullen, LDC Core Tools (TS); KEDC ACE (SCE)
SEPT. 28, 2019 (S)PRESIDENTIAL ACADEMY #4 KEDC LEXINGTON 9am-4pm
Carly Muetterties and Ryan New, Go to the Source of Inquiry: Using Sources to Explore the Development of the United States, 1784-1877 (C & TS)
OCT. 8-9, 2019 APPROVED PROFESSIONAL LEARNING KEDC LEXINGTON9am-4pm
Kagan Brain-Friendly Teaching 2-Day Workshop (C, TS, & SCE)
OCT. 18, 2019 (S)PRESIDENTIAL ACADEMY #5KEDC LEXINGTON9am-4pm
Teaching American History, Dr. David Alvis, Federalist Papers and the Constitution (Creating a Foundation) (C & TS)
OCT. 26, 2019 (S)PRESIDENTIAL ACADEMY #6 KEDC LEXINGTON 9am-4pm
Dr. B. Fitzpatrick, The Long Shadow of the War of 1812 (C); Josh Akers, Escape Rooms in Practice (TS); KY YMCA (SCE)
NOV. 18, 2019 PRESIDENTIAL ACADEMY #7 KEDC ASHLAND 9am-4pm
Dr. L. Apple, Henry Clay and Compromise - Postponing Civil War (C); Deb Cullen, Teacher Leadership (TS); KY Historical Society and National History Day (SCE)
DEC. 6, 2019 PRESIDENTIAL ACADEMY #8 KEDC ASHLAND 9am-4pm
Teaching American History, Dr. Eric Sands, Origins of American Idea (Growth of Americanism) (C &TS)
JAN. 25, 2020 (S)PRESIDENTIAL ACADEMY #9 KEDC LEXINGTON 9am-4pm
Ryan New, Social Studies Standards 2 (C & TS); Henry Clay Statesman Program (SCE)
JAN. 27, 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ACADEMY #10KEDC ASHLAND9am-4pm
Ryan New, Social Studies Standards 3 (C & TS); Henry Clay Statesman Program (SCE)
FEB. 7, 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ACADEMY #11KEDC ASHLAND9am-4pm
Dr. L. Apple, Abraham Lincoln (C); Ky Historical Society, Vote For Me Learning Lab (TS & SCE)
FEB. 8, 2020 (S)PRESIDENTIAL ACADEMY #12KEDC LEXINGTON 9am-4pm
Carly Muetterties and Ryan New, Be a Citizen: Connecting America’s Past (1784-1877) to the Present (C & TS)
MARCH 13, 2020PRESIDENTIAL ACADEMY #13KEDC ASHLAND 9am-4pm
Teaching American History ,Westward Expansion (American Identity) (C & TS)
MARCH 14, 2020 (S) PRESIDENTIAL ACMADEMY #14KEDC LEXINGTON9am-4pm
Teaching American History, Civil War and Reconstruction (Testing the Limits) (C & TS)
MARCH 28, 2020 (S) PRESIDENTIAL ACADEMY #15 KEDC LEXINGTON9am-4pm
Dr. B. Fitzpatrick, Historical Presentation (C); Deb Cullen, Project-Based Learning (TS)
APRIL 3, 2020PRESIDENTIAL ACADEMY #16 KEDC ASHLAND9am-4pm
Dr. C. Resor, Historical Presentation (C); D. Cullen, Informational Text (TS)
APRIL 18, 2020 (S)PRESIDENTIAL ACADEMY #17 KEDC LEXINGTON 9am-4pm
Dr. D. Eubank, American Regionalism – What makes the South and the West Unique (C); D. Cullen, Movement Training (TS)
June 15-19, 2020 NCHE CONFERENCE KEDC LEXINGTON
JULY 13-17 EXPERIENTIAL IMMERSION TRIP GETTYSBURG, PHILADELPHIA
JULY 12, 2019APPROVED PROFESSIONAL LEARNINGKEDC LEXINGTONTeaching the Holocaust for Middle School
JULY 23, 2019APPROVED PROFESSIONAL LEARNINGKEDC LEXINGTONEvidence-Based SEAM
JULY 25, 2019APPROVED PROFESSIONAL LEARNINGKEDC ASHLANDEvidence-Based SEAM
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Calendar of Events
Dr. Lindsay Apple
Lindsey Apple is Professor of History Emeritus at Georgetown College. Previously he taught at Winthrop College, the University of South Carolina, and in a program of college instruction for nuclear submariners at the Charleston Naval Base. He is the author of several books and numerous articles largely on the subjects of Kentucky history and the family of Kentucky statesman Henry Clay. Since 2004 he has worked with Teach America History and other grants for social studies teachers on the elementary, middle school, and high school levels.
Debra Cullen is a former English teacher with experience in high school education and career and technical education. Debra is currently the owner of Debra Cullen Educational Consulting and a part-time school improvement instructional coach for the Southern Regional Education Board. Debra specializes in literacy and teaching strategies for teachers as well as all school improvement initiatives. Debra lives in West Virginia with her three children.
Dr. Damon Eubank
Damon Eubank was born in Hardin County, Kentucky and graduated from high school at North Hardin. Eubank has earned the following degrees: a B.S. from Campbelllsville, a masters from Auburn and a doctorate from Mississippi State. He has served as a professor at Campbellsville University for the past 30 years. Eubank has two published books in addition to over 100 articles, presentations, encyclopedia articles, and reviews. His major interests are in American History with focuses on the Civil War, Kentucky, military, and 19th century. He also enjoy ancient history, and modern European .
I am married to Lori for 32 years. She is going blind and we are getting a service dog this year. We have two children, Lorin and Micah and no grandchildren yet. Lorin works with a ministry in Gainesville Georgia and Micah is an undergraduate history major at Campbellsville University.
Dr. Benjamin Fitzpatrick
Benjamin Fitzpatrick received his B.A. from Eastern Kentucky University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame where he was awarded the Graduate Teaching Award from the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning as a teaching assistant. His specialty is African –American history with an emphasis on slavery and the slave trade. His additional research interests include antebellum cultural and political history and antebellum Kentucky history. For the past seventeen years, he has dedicated his career to teaching U.S. History at the college level, serving as a Visiting Lecturer at Eastern Kentucky University and Indiana University, South Bend, and as an Assistant Professor of History at Florida State College, Jacksonville before coming to Morehead State University. He is currently an Instructor of History at Morehead, where he teaches a variety of American history courses, including the Civil War and Reconstruction, Kentucky History, and the History of American Law. In addition, for the past several years, he has worked to promote history education by serving as a scholar consultant for the Kentucky Humanities Council’s Kentucky Chautauqua program.
Carly Muetterties is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Council for the Social Studies and current doctoral candidate at the University of Kentucky in Education Sciences, with a focus on social studies curriculum and instruction. Her research focuses on integrating civic education within all subjects, specifically world history. She is guided by the belief that applying learning to relevant civic matters empowers students to meaningfully engage in civic life. She serves as the managing editor of C3Teachers.org, which hosts resources aligned with the C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards. She has also worked on several projects with organizations including the Smithsonian, Library of Congress, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Boards, and the Korean War Legacy Project. Carly is also the project director and web developer for the What is a Vote Worth? Women’s Suffrage Centennial Project, a collaboration between Frazier History Museum, Jefferson County Public Schools, and other Louisville civic organizations.
Ryan New is the current Instructional Lead for Social Studies at Jefferson County Public Schools. As a high school teacher, he taught AP Government, AP World History, AP United States History, and World Civilizations. He double majored in classical studies and history at Centre College, and holds a master’s degree in history from EKU and a master’s of arts in teaching from University of the Cumberlands. He is currently pursuing an educational doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Kentucky with an emphasis in Social Studies Education, Inquiry, and Civic Education. Ryan helped write the 2019 Kentucky Academic Social Studies Standards and is a former president of the Kentucky Council for the Social Studies. Ryan was a high school semi-finalist in the Valvoline Kentucky Teacher of the Year and was recognized nationally as the 2017 Outstanding Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year by the National Council for the Social Studies.
Dr. Cynthia Resor
Cynthia W. Resor was a middle and high school social studies teacher before earning her Ph.D. in history. She is currently a professor of social studies education at Eastern Kentucky University. She is the author of three books for educators about daily life themes through time.
Rachael Yaden is the instructional coach for Lincoln County Middle School, in Stanford, KY. She transitioned to her new position from the social studies classroom, where she had taught Ancient Civilizations and Early American History for 11 years. Rachael has attended a variety of on-site teacher institutes in her ongoing professional development and enthusiastically shares her new knowledge with her colleagues. She is a National Board Certified teacher and was named 2017 Kentucky Council of the Social Studies Teacher of the Year. She has served on the Kentucky Department of Education’s Social Studies Advisory Panel as one of the writers of the state’s new 2019 Social Studies Standards.