Teachers as Scholars Online Teacher Toolkit
The primary goal of the Teachers As Scholars Online Teacher Toolkit is to support teacher-scholars as they apply and innovate upon the discussion, lessons, and resources of their Humanities Institute seminar. Through this initiative, we hope to sustain our collaboration with TAS graduates and their home schools and districts well beyond the Humanities Institute classroom. Through the TAS Online Teacher Toolkit and related workshops, teacher-scholars will be able to formally extend the TAS learning experience as well as University resources to both their students and colleagues. Further, by partnering with its teacher-scholars to provide a public, online pedagogical resource, TAS expects to expand its constituency to reach students and teachers across the state of Texas and throughout the greater learning community. The Teachers As Scholars Online Teacher Toolkit is an extension of the unique mission and service that TAS provides Texas educators and an innovative model for other TAS programs around the country.
The current toolkit offers lesson plans, classroom activities, flash demonstrations, classroom resources, and bibliographies for three TAS seminars that can be loosely categorized in the subject areas of Arts/History, Sciences/History, and Math. Former TAS participants offered input in the creation of these resources, but curriculum specialist Carol Schlenk created the final products funded by a UTopia grant. The three 2005-2006 TAS Seminars represented on the Humanities Institute website are:
- “Hearing History: American Music during the Revolution, Civil War, Civil Rights Movement, and Vietnam War,” Dr. Elizabeth Crist
- “Plagues: Past Present and Future,” Dr. Shelley Payne
- “Abandoning Dead Ends: Presenting the Heart of Mathematics to All Students,” Dr. Michael Starbird
The new Teachers As Scholars Consultant position formalizes the program’s support of past participants and their ongoing creative role in the development of curriculum based on TAS seminars. Proposed projects engage TAS seminar material creatively and culminate in the development of applied classroom resources, shared through home campus or home district workshops conducted by teacher-scholars and published as part of the TAS Online Teacher Toolkit. Like visiting scholars, TAS Consultants receive access to a range of University resources to facilitate their individual projects from the time of their appointment through the following summer. Each TAS Consultant is also awarded a $1000 summer stipend. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis from January through April. Whenever possible, one project per seminar will be selected for support and implementation. For the 2006-7 academic year, TAS will choose up to seven projects.