Participants in SUPER are afforded a rare and invaluable opportunity to join their peers and distinguished university professors in an intensive exploration of curriculum-relevant topics through directed pre-program readings, lectures, extensive analytical and critical discussions, film viewings, writing exercises, field trips and cultural experiences.
SUPER also provides a forum in which educators can interact, exchange ideas, gain fresh perspectives and learn new approaches to teaching. Participants develop a multidisciplinary approach to the humanities and enjoy many significant benefits all at no cost to them or their schools.
The aim of SUPER is to increase participants’ subject knowledge and, in turn, their confidence, enthusiasm, and effectiveness as educators. The content in these programs directly addresses the Courses of Study as mandated by the Alabama State Department of Education. Upon completion of a SUPER program, participants receive a certificate documenting hours earned toward professional development for submission within their own districts. SUPER programs are registered with ALSDE STIPD.
Through SUPER, AHA seeks to foster long-lasting relationships between Alabama’s institutions of higher education, public and private elementary and secondary schools, and the state’s many important historical and cultural organizations.
All 4th-12th grade teachers currently teaching in Alabama public and accredited private schools are eligible. School librarians and pre-service teachers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
In al.com, Gregory G. Fitch, executive director of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, said, “I constantly receive letters of thanks to the Commission on Higher Education for the financial support given to the program. Recently, a new teacher wrote me saying that the resources she gained from SUPER are invaluable and that she has learned such a program for teachers is rare. Indeed it is a rare jewel in Alabama’s educational system that brings together elementary, secondary and postsecondary teachers and university faculty all wanting to learn more to expand their knowledge and, therefore, their effectiveness in the classroom.”
SUPER is an AHA program, and as such, it receives financial support from diverse sources, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, State of Alabama (ACHE Fund), individuals, and private and public corporations and foundations.
Applicable credit line: The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
June 9, 2021 (9:00 am)
The lynching of Emmett Till sparked the Civil Rights Movement and forever changed our national conversation about race and justice. This workshop, designed for high school teachers, will explore how to use poetry and music to teach the legacy of this lynching to today’s students, helping them to connect the past and the present in meaningful ways. In addition to discussing poems and songs spanning more than sixty years, participants will learn more about the historical background to the case, as well as share ideas for classroom assignments and exercises. Ideal for teachers in either the Social Studies or English course of study.
The Freedom Rides Course of Study benefits educators and students by helping them to better understand their civic responsibility—the main theme of the Alabama Course of Study for Social Studies. The Freedom Rides Course of Study will include presentations by individuals who participated in the Rides, a supporter of the Rides and Riders, the leading scholar on the Freedom Rides, and Freedom Rides Museum staff, combined with primary documents, video excerpts and selected readings to assist educators and students with understanding how the Freedom Rides, though a part of the overall Civil Rights Movement in the 19650s and 1960s, was a significant turning point in and of itself.
View the Freedom Rides Agenda