Summer Institutes

Discover History In Your Own Backyard

The Alabama Bicentennial Commission is pleased to offer three Bicentennial Summer Institutes for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classroom teachers. These institutes are three and one-half days long and will be designed to provide professional development and resources.

Suggested criteria for nominees:

  • Current classroom teachers in grades 3-5
  • Three or more years of classroom teaching experience
  • Capable of facilitating professional development/turn-around training in the district
  • Have demonstrated commitment to innovative classroom instruction and use of technology
  • Demonstrates leadership among peers
  • Will commit to attend entire 3.5 day Bicentennial Institute  (June 19-23, June 26-30, July 17-21)
*If you are a private school teacher and are interested in attending, please submit your application using the Private School Teacher Application button below
Resources and a monetary stipend will be paid to each teacher upon completion of the professional development. Participants will be required to share their experiences and training with their school systems upon completion.


Topic & Host Site City Date
Indian Removal in Alabama
Little River Canyon Educational/ Interpretive Center
Fort Payne June 19-22
Telling Alabama’s Story: A Community Perspective
Selma Interpretive Center
Selma June 26-29
Voting with Our Feet
Alabama Department of Archives and History
Montgomery June 19-22
Our Music Tells a Story
Alabama Music Hall of Fame
Muscle Shoals June 19-22
How We Work: Labor in Alabama
Sloss Furnace National Historic Landmark
Birmingham June 26-29
Early Statehood: Telling Our Story
Carnegie Visual Arts Center
Decatur July 17-20
Alabama’s Farming Heritage
Landmark Park
Dothan June 19-22
Mobile: Change in Alabama’s First City
University of South Alabama
Mobile June 20-23
The Three “C’s”: Alabama and the Creek War, the Civil War,
the Civil Rights Movement
Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities
Auburn July 17-20
More Than Mounds: So You Think You Know Moundville?
Moundville Archaeological Park
Moundville June 26-29
Longleaf: The History of An Agricultural State
Troy University
Troy June 19-22
Discovering a Community: An Alabama Cultural Treasure
in the Black Belt

Kathryn Tucker Windham Museum
Thomasville June 26-29

Every effort will be made to assign teachers to the closest institute to their school system.