Jackson Center Accepting Applications for 2021 Teacher Fellow Week

From left: Michael Baronich, RHJC Educational Advisor, 2020 Teacher Fellows Ryan Barrett, Amy Thompson, Robert Fenster, Anne Walker (on screen), and RHJC President Kristan McMahon.
From left: Michael Baronich, RHJC Educational Advisor, 2020 Teacher Fellows Ryan Barrett, Amy Thompson, Robert Fenster, Anne Walker (on screen), and RHJC President Kristan McMahon.

The Robert H. Jackson Center is calling all educators to design creative ways to educate students on the legacy of Robert H. Jackson. For the week of July 19-23, 2021, instructors will work with the Jackson Center Archives and local institutions to create meaningful and engaging educational experiences through the relevance of Justice Jackson’s body of work. Participants will be encouraged to empower and inspire students to discuss and reflect on the universal principles of equality, fairness, and justice.

“2020 gave us the opportunity to test-drive our Teacher Fellow program in a hybrid format,” says Jackson Center President Kristan McMahon. “We’re excited to offer the fellowship week this year with options for in-person or virtual participation, expanding this program to educators nationally.” To be accepted into the program, educators must demonstrate excellence in the classroom and participation in community and professional organizations, as well as knowledge of the importance of Justice Jackson and his contributions to issues of civil liberty.

The ‘immersion week’ is under the direction of the Jackson Center educational advisor, Michael Baronich. Fellows will be introduced to the Center’s archival collection of Jackson material, and lectures on Jackson’s relevance to the academic disciplines in which the teachers specialize. During the week, Fellows will develop their educational projects using research material available at the Center, through the Library of Congress, and various other resources. The Jackson Center also invites leading scholars to speak with the Fellows to supplement their research. Fellows will have access to relevant programs and seminars provided by nearby Chautauqua Institution.

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a $1,000 stipend, half at the conclusion of the Fellowship Week (Friday, July 23, 2021) and the remainder tied to providing feedback on the implementation of the developed educational resources. Educators will be asked to implement Jackson-related resources into their school settings during the 2021-2022 school year and provide a detailed reflection on its success.

The Center will integrate the materials created on its website to share with educators across the world, and the projects will be available for use in schools, colleges, communities, or professional organizations. All work produced by the Fellows will become the property of the Robert H. Jackson Center.

Any certified elementary or secondary level educator, including building and district administrators, with at least three years of classroom experience, and who are scheduled to teach or administrate during the 2021-2022 school year are encouraged to apply. Interested candidates must submit a letter of interest, resume, and a short essay responding to one of these prompts:

List and discuss two units of study in which the life and accomplishments of Robert H. Jackson can be integrated into your current curriculum.
In what ways could your local community benefit from Robert H. Jackson’s legacy?

Submit applications to info@roberthjackson.org. Applications must be submitted by close of business Monday, February 15, 2021. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Additional information on the application process can be found at https://www.roberthjackson.org/teacher-fellows/.