The NWSA One-Day Teach-In, specifically for Baltimore City or Baltimore County teachers and paraprofessionals, is designed principally for full-time and part-time classroom teachers and librarians in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools.
The Teach-In will take place on November 16 from 9:00a-4:00p at the Hilton Baltimore. Selected participants will receive teaching resources (journals, lesson plans, and primary sources), continental breakfast and lunch, a one-year NWSA individual membership, and registration to the NWSA 2017 Annual Conference (11/17-11/19).
The Teach-In curriculum builds off of the 2017 NWSA Conference theme (40 YEARS AFTER COMBAHEE: Feminist Scholars and Activists Engage the Movement for Black Lives) and is being led by Dr. Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead, Loyola professor and former Baltimore City middle-school teacher. The goal is to engage, inspire, and educate teachers and thus the Teach-In is best suited for educators who currently incorporate or who are interested in incorporating civic, social and cultural topics into their instruction.
Prior to completing an application, carefully consider what is expected in terms of the one-day residence and general participation in day’s events.
A selection committee will read and evaluate all properly completed applications in order to select the most promising applicants and to identify a number of alternates. The most important consideration in the selection of participants is the likelihood that an applicant (and their school) will benefit from the experience. This is determined by committee members and is based upon a number of factors, each of which should be addressed in the application essay. These factors include:
- Effectiveness and commitment as an educator, based upon years of experience and/or prior involvement with professional development activities;
- Intellectual interests, as they relate to the subject matter of the project;
- Special skills or perspectives that would contribute to the Teach-In;
- Commitment to participate fully in the formal and informal collegial life of the project; and the
- Likelihood that the experience will enhance the applicant’s teaching.
Only complete online applications received by April 21, 2017 will be considered. Late applications will not be reviewed. Twenty-five educators will be selected to participate. Successful applicants will be notified of their selection via email by May 23 and they will have until June 1 to accept or decline the offer.
A completed application package includes the following:
1. The completed NWSA online application form
2. A résumé or brief biography that details your educational qualifications and professional experience (one-two pages);
3. An application essay that includes the following (one-two pages):
- Your reasons for applying to the NWSA Teach-In;
- Your interest, both academic and personal, in the topics we will be studying;
- The relationship between your professional responsibilities and the focus of the Teach-In; and,
- What you hope to accomplish by participating, including any individual research and writing projects you foresee undertaking and/or curricular units you will create.
4. The email address and phone number for two references, one of which should be an administrator or department head from your school. The two referees should be familiar with your professional accomplishments or promise, teaching and/or research interests, and ability to contribute to, and benefit from, participation in the Teach-In. The referees may be contacted for additional information.