Ms. Kelly Grubbs, Sophomore English and Arts & Humanities teacher, has recently been accepted to the 2021-2022 McConnell Teacher Scholars Program. She will join a select group of dedicated Kentucky educators during the 2021-22 academic year in reading and discussing great texts designed to build upon and enhance knowledge of American history and culture. The readings will be supported by in-person and online hybrid-based lectures, seminars, and other special opportunities. This year’s study will center on themes discussed in Russell Kirk’s seminal work, The Roots of American Order, which identifies the beliefs and institutions that have nurtured the American soul and commonwealth.
Through this program, Ms. Grubbs will receive the following:
- 20 professional development hours and certificate of completion
- Monthly lecture and private seminar opportunities with leading scholars and historical experts
- Opportunities to participate in all-expenses-paid weekend conferences on topics related to civics & American history, politics, and culture
- Copies of both Russell Kirk’s The Roots of American Order, which will serve as the basis of seminar discussions and the McConnell Center’s forthcoming publication of Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations
- Discussion board access to network with other teachers in the program
- Classroom set of McConnell Center educational publications and resources
- Teacher Scholars Program T-shirt
- A Summer 2022 culminating experience to celebrate project completion
Throughout the program, participants are required to complete required reading assignments for lectures and seminars, participate in a set number of seminar/webinar and lecture opportunities each semester, participate in at least one weekend conference at a Kentucky state park, and provide one inquiry-based lesson based upon usage of the text to share with the Teacher Scholars Program cohort.
Ms. Grubbs’ acceptance to the McConnell Teacher Scholars Program is a high honor and one that will certainly have a positive impact on Bardstown High School.