2010 Summer Opportunities for High School Students

Black Male Seniors Interested in Teaching: Willing to go to college out of state for FREE? Several Black Colleges are looking for future black male teachers and will send them to universities/ colleges for 4 years FREE. The “Call ME MISTER” program is an effort to address the critical shortage of African American male teachers particularly among South Carolina ‘s lowest performing public schools. The program is collaboration between Clemson University and four historically black colleges in South Carolina : Benedict College , Claflin University , Morris College and South Carolina State University . The project provides: Tuition for admitted students pursuing approved programs of study at participating colleges; an academic support system to help assure their success; and a cohort system for social and cultural support. For more details and an online application, visit http://www.callmemi ster.clemson. edu/index. .htm or call (800) 640-2657

Campbell University’s Lundy-Fetterman School of Business offers a Summer Program in Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise designed to help rising juniors and seniors learn the need for entrepreneurial development in our nation and how the free enterprise system operates. In addition, students get a taste of college living while enhancing their resumes for their careers or future college applications. The program will begin on Sunday, June 20th, and run through Thursday, June 24th. The regular cost of the program is $199, which covers housing, meals, opening and closing receptions, and all other program materials and activities. However, if you register before April 1, the cost of the program will be $150. There are scholarships available on a need-based first-come-first served basis. Additional materials and an online application can be found on the website:
http://www.campbell .edu/academics/ graduate/ business/ summer-camp/ index.html.

The University of Alabama offers a variety of fun and intriguing summer programs for students of all ages. Some of the programs available are: Athletic Camps; Into to Engineering; Community Music School; Crimson Music Camps, Brain Works, Dance; Money Management; etc. For more information about the Alabama Summer 2010 Program, write to The University of Alabama, Orientation and Special Programs, Box 870110 , Tuscaloosa , AL 35487-0110 .

How about a “Blue Devil Summer?” Duke University now offers a summer session for high school students. It is not a residential program and students are responsible for their own housing and transportation, but they may earn college credit while they get a taste of college life. The session is scheduled from July 6-August 15, 2010. For more information, visit summersession. duke. or call (919)-684-6259.

The Rochester Institute of Technology [NY], hosts the Explore Your Future Program, a six-day summer career exploration program during which sophomores and juniors with hearing loss can explore career interest, experience college life, and meet other dear and hard-of-hearing students from all over the country. The first session runs from July 17-22 and the second one runs from July 24-29. The application deadline is April 30th, and it’s first-come, first-served. The cost of $650 covers room, board and program expenses. For more information and an online application, visit www.rit.edu/ NTID/EYFHS.

The Summer Engineering Course at Sweet Briar College for rising high school juniors and seniors runs from July 25-20, 2010. The course is built around several hand-on, team-based engineering design challenges. Among this summer’s projects, participants will design and build a robot that creates music. Applications are available online at www.engineering. sbc.edu. The deadline for the application is June 25, but registration received by May 15 receives highest priority. A $100 deposit is due with registration. Total participant cost is $450, which includes all meals, lodging, supplies and tuition. Need-based course scholarships are available.

The Food and Agribusiness Industries Summer Program offered at North Carolina A&T State University is a one-week residential program for rising juniors and seniors interested in business, science and math. While on campus, students are exposed to careers in the food and agribusiness industry, one of the fastest growing career groups in the country. Only 10 students will be selected for the program. Students accepted into the program will receive a $250 stipend. Applications are available online at www.ag.ncat. edu. Deadline: May 1, 2010.

The Helms Center Foundation sponsors a program called the Free Enterprise Leadership Challenge [FELC] held in two sessions, June 20-24 and June 27-July1, on the campus of Wingate University in Wingate , North Carolina . The five-day residential program is designed to teach students about free market economics and the vital role capitalism plays in the lives of citizens . The only cost for students is a $75 registration fee and any rising sophomore, junior or senior high school student who has demonstrated leadership potential and an interest in the free market system is encouraged to apply. Applications are available online at www.jessehelmscente r.org/programs/ felc.asp. Applications are accepted on a first-come basis. Priority will be given to students who have never attended FELC. Students will be placed on a waiting list once the camp is full and added if space becomes available.

AFS Intercultural Programs, one of the largest and most reputable international exchange organization, offers many 4-6 week summer programs for high school students. Some of the summer and gap programs with spots still available include:
• Italy Homestay Program – (4 weeks) Deadline: April 26
• France Language Study Program – (4 weeks) Deadline: May 3
• Panama Community Service Program – (5 weeks) Deadline: May 3
• Summer Gap Programs for Graduates – (3-8 weeks) Deadline: April 26-May 3
• Thailand Community Service Semester – Deadline: May 12
For more information, email Amanda Fischer at afischer@afs. org or phone (651) 647-6337, ext. 2229

The American Institute for Foreign Study sponsors the AIFS University Prep, a full 3-week program designed to give high school sophomores and juniors the ins and outs of the college admissions process. Students spend three weeks living at Amherst College , taking courses in SAT prep, practicing college admissions strategies, and touring college across New England . The program fee is $3,995 and applications are available online at www.aifsuniversityp rep.com. Deadline: May 1, 2010. Catalog available in the Guidance Resource Center .

The American Institute for Foreign Study sponsors the AIFS Summer Advantage, , an all-inclusive high school study abroad program in which students in grades 10-12 experience university life in an exciting international setting. In 2010, Summer Advantage participants will study Chinese Culture and Mandarin at Nanjing University in China for up to six college credits. The program fee is $6,335 and applications are available online at www.SummerAdvantage .com. Deadline: April 15, 2010. Catalog available in the Guidance Resource Center .

The American Institute for Foreign Study sponsors the Summer institute for the Gifted [SIG], a 3-week residential program held at prestigious American colleges and universities, including Princeton, Dartmouth , UCLA, Amherstd, Bryn Mawr, Emory , UT Austin , Vassar, and UC Berkeley, for students in grades 4 through 11. SIG is now the program of the National Society for the Gifted and Talented, a 501©(3) organizations. Applications are available online at www.giftedstudy. org. Deadline: May 1, 2010. Catalog available in the Guidance Resource Center .

Boston University off a program in mathematics for young scientists [PROMYS] from June 27 to August 7 that includes an intensive experience in creative mathematical exploration to approximately 65 ambitious high school students. The six-week residential program costs $2,700 [Financial assistance is available]. Applications are available online at www.promys.org Deadline: May 30.

The Office of Professional Development at North Carolina State University offers a series of summer programs designed to improve reading and study skills, and to stimulate a greater interest in reading. Taught by professional instructors from the Institute of Reading Development, programs are available for students entering the 9th-11th grades [June 14-July 19 & July 26-August 23] and for students entering 12th grade and college [June 14-July 19 & July 26-August 23]. For more information or to register call 800-978-9596.

Boston University’s Summer Term offers four exciting opportunities for high school students: High School Honors, a six-week residential program in which students take two undergraduate courses; Research Internship in Science & Engineering, a six-week residential program in which students work in a lab conducting research; Summer Challenge, a two-week residential program for students entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year; and Summer Preview, a one-week commuter program in which students can delve into one subject. All application and recommendation forms can be found at bu.edu/summer/ highschool.

Summer in New York City, a Pre-College Program at Barnard College of Columbia University offers young men & women a unique opportunity to sample pre-college courses while exploring NYC both in and out of the classroom. The program offers a four-week session and several one-week options. To find out more about the programs, click on www.barnard. edu/pep.

Hollins University ‘s Hollinsummer Program for High School Girls takes place July 11-23. Approximately 100 young women who are rising high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors will come together from all across the U.S. to get a taste of college life and schedule courses like “The Global Gastronomer, ” “So You Want to Be President Someday,””Exploring Digital Storytelling” and many more. For more information, go online at www.hollins. edu.

The Cambridge College Program at Cambridge University , Cambridge , England , is a unique educatyional opportunity for high achieving high school scholars. Scholars may be in their freshman through senior year. The program involves academic course work, leadership activities and an optional trip to Paris . Sixty-five courses, excursions to London , Stonehenge, Warwick Castle , Stratford -upon- Avon , sports and evening activities offered every night. For additional information and to enroll contact www.cambridgecolleg eprogramme. org.

The Pre-College Program at George Washington University offers high students [grades 9-11] an opportunity to discover Washington , D.C. , and think critically in courses like biomedical engineering, election politics, U.S. Foreign Policy, Robotics, and others. Session I runs from July 7-16 and Session II from July 21-30. For more information go online at precollege.gwu. edu.

The Howard University Minority Science & Engineering Improvement Program will be hosting its second annual summer camp for rising high school seniors from June 20-July 15, 2010. Over the course of the four-week program, students will be engaged in classroom lectures, research activities, field experiments, tours of research facilities, participate in symposiums and seminars that expand their knowledge of current technology in science and engineering, and communication skills. Except for the cost of transportation, the attendance of the program is free for all admitted students. As a residential program students will be housed on Howard University ‘s campus. Visit www.howard.edu/ mseip for more information and an application form.

There are many types of Summer Youth Programs at Auburn University . Some are designed for individuals and some are for teams. Some are intended for academic enrichment, while others cater to extracurricular interests. All are intended to allow participants to experience Auburn University while enjoying outstanding education/training in areas of interest For more information go online at .http://www.auburn. edu/outreach/ summercamps/ .

Each year middle and high school students come to the College of Engineering at NC State University to discover what engineering is all about. For more information about the programs, go online at www.engr.ncsu. edu/summerprogra ms/

The Davidson July Experience offers three weeks at a top liberal arts college for rising high school juniors and seniors July 4-24, 2010. Take classes in liberal arts disciplines like English, music, mathematics and anthropology. Learn from full-time Davidson faculty. Live in dorms on a beautiful residential campus. Want to know more? Go online at www.davidson. edu/julyexperien ce or email julyexp@davidson. edu.

The Rochester Institute of Technology offers a six-day summer career exploration program for college-bound high school students with hearing loss entering their junior or senior year in fall 2010. Session I is scheduled for July 17-22 and Session II for July 24-29. Participants gain hands-on experience in a variety of career areas while experiencing life on a college campus. To see photos and video or to apply, visit www.rit.edu/ NTID/EYF. Application deadline is April 30. 2010.

9TH, 10TH, 11TH GRADERS: The Design Camp held each summer at NC State University College of Design exposes high school students to the exciting world of design through a series of weeklong summer programs. Rising sophomores and juniors are eligible for Design Day Camp and rising juniors and seniors for Design Camp Overnight. Tuition for Overnight Design Camp is $900, and the Design Day Camp is $450. These fees cover the cost of instruction, lodging [for overnight participants] , meals, project supplies and activities. Requests for financial assistance will be considered. For more information and to download an application go online at www.cam.ncsu. edu/designcamp or E-mail designcamp@ncsu. edu if you have any questions.

Juniors: If you have a 3.0+ GPA and combined test scores of at least 100 on the PSAT, 1,000 on the SAT, or 22 on the ACT, consider applying for the 2010 LEAD Summer Business Institute. Each year, LEAD selects 300 high school juniors from a national pool of applicants to attend its Summer Business Institutes which operate during the month of June and July, and are hosted by Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Stanford, Northwestern, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Univ. of Virginia, Univ. of Michigan and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For more information and to apply, go online at www.leadprogram. org. Deadline: March 1, 2010.

Furman University [ Greenville , SC ] sponsors an academic enrichment residential summer program called Summer Scholars. During the summer of 2010, the program will offer one-week programs of academic enrichment for talented rising juniors and seniors. Directed by Furman faculty members with the assistance of Furman students, each program emphasizes engaged learning: a hands-on, problem-solving, and collaborative educational philosophy that encourages students to put into practice the theories and methods learned from texts or lectures. To learn more about this program, go to www.engagefurman. com and click on the link “Summer Scholars”.

Sophomore & Junior Girls: The Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech is sponsoring a two-week residential program, C-Tech2, from June 27 to July 10, 2010. The primary focus of the program is to develop and sustain the interests of participants in engineering and the sciences. Participants will spend the majority of their time involved in hands-on activities designed to increase interest in engineering, math, and science. For additional information and application instructions, visit www.ctech2.eng. vt.edu.

Youth summer camps in Barcelona with homestay is a 1 to 4 week-long program [June through August] designed for boys and girls who want to improve their Spanish and practice their favorite sport in a fun, safe and nurturing environment with youth participants from all over the world. Programs are fully supervised. For more information, go online at spainbarcelona@ spainbcn. com.

The United States Military Academy hosts a Summer Leaders Seminar (SLS) for high school juniors going into their senior year. The weeklong program of academic classes, military training, physical fitness training and intramural athletics gives students the opportunity to experience cadet life and to see first-hand what West Point has to offer. Each year 1,000 highly talented high school juniors are invited to attend the SLS, which is led and supervised by West Point cadets entering their final or “Firstie” year. When completing the SLS application, you are also opening an admissions file at the Academy. The application window for the 2010 Summer Leaders Seminar is 14 December 2009 through April 1, 2010. For more information, visit www.usma.edu, click on the link to “Admissions” then “Summer Leaders Seminar at West Point .”

Choate Rosemary Hall Summer Programs offers students entering grades 9-12, the opportunity to hone traditional academic skills — reading, writing, and arithmetic — while exploring content not traditionally found in secondary school curricula — forensics, Mandarin Chinese, marine biology, and the Modern Middle East. The five-week and two-week offerings include the following: academic enrichment, English Language Institute, the John F. Kennedy ’35 Institute in Government, math workshops, science workshops, study abroad, and writing workshops. For more information, go online at www.choate.edu/ summerprograms.

Seniors: The National Youth Science Camp is an intense residential science education program for young scientists the summer after they graduate from high school. In a rustic setting, students from around the country are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies, and have many opportunities to push themselves physically in an outdoor program. The Camp is made possible through funding of the National Youth Science Foundation and will be held June 29-July 23 at Champ Pocahontas in the Monongahela National Forest near the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in the eastern mountains of West Virginia . The NYSC is an all-expenses- paid program, including air transportation to Charleston , West Virginia . For more information, go online at www.nysc.org.


My manga club met today. We haven’t met much this year because of so many bad weather cancellations. In fact, this was only the second time I’ve met with them. I was able to recruit another teacher to work with us and she did see them a few times more than me. She has a sister who is autistic and the thing that fascinates her is Japan and all things Japanese. She came to one the of the clubs and taught the students about some of the culture.

So, I got to meet with them today. I wasn’t 100% looking forward to it. Some of my plans were falling through and I just wasn’t in sync. But, when something is the right thing to do it just works out. The kids–all boys except for one girl– came in and started trading cards, reading books and drawing. It’s so wonderful how this literature relates to them and their talents in so many ways. I had them tell the group about what was in their hand and share good news and bad news. The worst bad news? “I haven’t seen my mom in 6 mos. We don’t know where she is.” The best good news? “I’m off punishment.” Yeah, we needed to meet! I think what impresses me the most about these students is their willingness to explore and try new things. Once, I stopped at an international store and took them some Japanese snack food. I didn’t do the dried minnows, but I did do wasabi peanuts and something with tofu. They all tried everything! Teens I know don’t typically do that!  I shared some of the items I brought back from Japan, taught them a few phrases of Japanese and played a game to introduce some characters to them. I keep reminding the group that I don’t read manga or watch anime so, they discussed and voted on what series I should read to draw me into the genre. The vote was between Bleach, Fruits Baskets and Death Note. Though there was no clear winner, I think they sold me on Bleach. We’ll see if I like it!

I’ve pretty much decided that these kids really need to go to Japan. We’ve talked about it before and I can’t think of any better opportunity for them. This would justify their dreams and solidify their existence and world citizens. Now, I have to work on making this a reality for them! If we go next summer, we may be able to pull it off!

All this because of books!

Stuff of Interest

I’ve been accumulating some stuff lately:

  • Principals can obtain free copies of American the Story of Us at this link.
  • The 6th Annual JointREFORMA, AILA, APALA, BCALA, and CALA  Mini conference, “Cultural Competencies & Equity of Access: What Today’s Librarian Will Look Like Tomorrow” will be held of Friday 14 May at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and, due to limited seating, pre-registration is required. Link to the flyer for the 2010 Joint Mini-Conference REFORMA Northeast Chapter, AILA, APALA, BCALA and CALA. A link to the program flyer
  • Applications are being accepted through 16 May for the ALA Diversity Fair which will be on 16 May
  • The National Bar Association is seeking applicants for the Crump Law Camp, which was established for students entering the 9th through 11th grades and between the ages of 14 and 17 to introduce them to the judicial system.  The goal of the NBA camp is to encourage young people at an early age to become lawyers and seek legal careers in the future.  By 2050 more than half of the people in this country will be of color. More than 90% of the nation’s
    lawyers are white, as are more than 80% of the students enrolled in law school. Yet more than 30% of the United States is comprised of people of
    color. The NBA is seeking applicants to attend this camp from every ethnic group and its selection process is non-discriminatory.
  • This looks amazingly awesome: YALSA 2010 YA Lit Symposium: “Diversity, Lit and Teens: Beyond Good Intentions” 5-7 Nov in Albuquerque, NM

    The first inaugural two week camp was held during the summer at Howard University School of Law through a grant by the Ford Motor Company
    Fund in 2001.  Campers were and will be housed on the Howard University campus and live in a protected camp environment. Open enrollment is
    available to students across the country but emphasis will be on enabling students from low income families to attend.  Tuition for the camp will vary depending upon family income. The tuition covers transportation to and from Washington, D.C.; housing; meals; educational materials; and expenses for field trips. The camp provides students with an exciting academic and social
    agenda in the Washington, D. C. area. The competitive highlight of the camp
    is the Evett L. Simmons Mock Trial Competition. The four winners of this competition are invited to the NBA’s Annual Convention.
    Camp begins July 11, 2010.  Applications are available on the NBA
    website is  <http://www.nationalbar.org/> www.Nationalbar.org <
    <http://www.nationalbar.org/%3E> http://www.nationalbar.org/> ; and are to
    be mailed to the following address:

    National Bar Association Crump Law Camp

    P.O. Box 1048

    Washington, D.C. 20008

    (301) 249-8355

More Thoughts on Bullying

Earlier today, I received an email from Neesha Meminger directing me to her recent blog post. I read it quickly as I tend to do with first ereads. I felt compelled to respond, not only because Neesha is such a gifted writer that she tends to inspire her readers, but also because I had been considering a post on bullies every since I began reading Jamie Adoff’s Names will Never Hurt Me. We seem to agree on a lot. Please read, comment on one of these blogs. Thoughts become words and words become actions!

I find it interesting how trends occur.

I first became aware of the concerns about bullying in schools when I traveled to Japan in 2001 and bullying in schools there was a hot topic. I can’t help but believe that with all the finger pointing about what was happening in Japanese schools, that someone finally said “Hey, we have the same problem in the US.” Anyone who has ever attended a school has seen it. I saw it in both the Catholic elementary school and  the all girl high school I attended. It’s in Japan, Taiwan, France… it’s almost pervasive enough to seem as if it is part of our human DNA.

I thought of bullying last night when I watched Dateline and saw social scientists verify our tendency to sit and watch someone be attacked, but do nothing. I don’t remember hearing an explanation as to why it is so easy for people in crowds to watch someone to beaten physically or verbally, but that’s what we do: we watch people suffer from bullying all the time. I would be fascinated to know why people across so many cultures share this tendency to not only observe but to participate in bullying. Think of racism in the south, the bullying that led to the death of Emmett Till or the torment that people of color, Jews or Irish faced in their daily lives throughout pockets of America. Bystanders observed these hateful actions, yet most often did nothing!

I look at behaviors in my own family and I wonder why some have been picked on and others haven’t? Why some have been bullies while others have been peacemakers? Children seem to follow the behavior of same sexed parents in my family. How do we teach this??? While we teach tolerance, understanding and acceptance in intentional lessons to members of the same family, how do we unintentionally teach someone that they are a person of power or a person who is to yield their power to someone else?

If we are able to intentionally teach historically disenfranchised groups (women, POC, LGTBQQ, disabled persons…) that they are indeed persons of power, can you imagine how that will shift our society? A true paradigm shift!

I do agree with Neesha that it will take a multi-pronged approach to address this issue. I think the causes of abusive power over others are deep and complex. It’s hard to get one person to stop bullying someone else because the behavior continues until the person is able to stand up for them self. I saw this just today with a substitute teacher, young and new to education who went to the principal every time two middle school girls cussed and threatened her. It won’t stop until the teacher stands up for herself, yet the girls need to know she has the full support of the principal. This is definitely a problem that will take the entire village to solve it because we are all part of the problem.

I wonder what role our iconic literatures have had in spreading and maintaining subtle messages that instruct us to see but not to act, to accept acts that subordinate others and to know that there are those that are better than and those that are less than. Would not our recorded stories teach us how to be? And if so, can they not teach us how to be better? I’ve always thought the purpose of education is to help one figure out the world around them. Books, too! Our stories should help us find our worth, give us characters with whom we can identify and give us hope. This makes books with protagonists that are female, people of color,LGBTQ or disabled persons IMPERATIVE! It requires adults to listen to and write the stories, make them available and share them alongside young people.

Neesha says

Then, becoming a vocal advocate for the rights of those children and teens who fall outside the margins and working toward systemic change. Again, authors, writers, agents, editors, booksellers, librarians, and other gatekeepers in the publishing industry can play a significant role here. In recent years, there have been more books by people of colour, LGBTQ writers, and working class authors than when I was coming up, but we have a long way to go. Part of empowering young people is to show them reflections of themselves as powerful, valuable, important members of their communities – no less deserving of privilege, love, wealth, dignity and respect than their peers. I know from experience that stories do that. Stories heal and mend and expand. Stories in books, stories in the news, stories in film, on television and in magazines. It’s part of the reason I started writing to begin with. I read stories that showed me More. Showed me hope and possibility and another way of being. And I still believe there are those in the publishing industry who are in this for more than just the profit motive – those agents (like mine!), editors, booksellers, etc., who are committed to the young people they serve. The young people we all serve.

To me,this not only applies to authors, publishers and librarians but to people in the media whose stories have such a wide audience. They can’t let this just be a trend that makes us aware of a problem and then moves on to the next topic of the day.

South Arts Literary Grant

Deadline: May 17, 2010

South Arts, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, is offering writer fee support grants for literary presentations. These grants support literary arts presenting organizations for engagements by guest writers (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry) from outside the presenter’s state. Colleges, universities and other school-based presenters are eligible to apply and grant funds can be used to support fees for multiple writers. Literary projects must include a public reading and an educational component.

Projects should take place between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011. The maximum request is 50% of the writer’s fee, up to a total grant request of $2,500. Only nonprofit and governmental presenting organizations in South Arts’ nine-state region are eligible to apply (includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee).

The guidelines, review criteria, and application instructions are available on their website.

Shaping UP

My summer plans are starting to take shape. I’d decided not to make any big travel plans because I’d like to find new employment, hopefully in a new location.What or where  exactly, I don’t know. I do know that I’m due for a change. I want to spend several weeks packing but the packing will have to be stuffed between a few weeks of travel.

I need to get to LA to see my oldest son and I may just take AMTRAK to do so. I made that trip a few years ago and it was great. I’l be presenting with Doret, Susan and Amy at the National Diversity in Library Conference in Princeton, NJ. Our session “Claiming the Center: Online Community, Activism, and Advocacy”will be on  using the internet to build community, advocate for literacy and promote diversity.

I’ll also be heading to the Mississippi Delta for an NEH Landmark in American History and Culture Workshop titled “The Most Southern Place on Earth: Music, Culture and History in the Mississippie Delta.” You may think I”m a bit crazy to head to the Delta in June, but this awesome description captured me and I am really looking forward to this learning opportunity!

The Delta has played an enormous and much undervalued role in the American story.  It has given the world much in terms of music, literature, journalism, political action, foodways, and even sports heroes.  It is the ancestral home of many Americans who today live in metropolitan areas like Detroit or Chicago or Oakland.  It has played an important role in changing America’s attitude towards human and civil rights.  At the same time, many Americans do not really know where the Mississippi Delta is, and places far from the Delta now claim its rightful title to being the  “birthplace of the Blues.”

The National Endowment for the Humanities has made it possible for you to explore the Mississippi Delta.  You will learn the stories that have given this place such a unique flavor, a mystique unlike any other place in America.  You will learn about Charley Patton, the Father of the Delta Blues, and Robert Johnson, who may or may not have sold his soul to the devil in return for guitar virtuosity.  You will learn about Senator James O. Eastland, powerful advocate for segregation, and Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer, sharecropper and equally powerful advocate for integration, who lived five miles from each other in totally different and separate worlds that were entirely co-dependent on one another.  You will learn the tragic story of fourteen year old Emmett Till, and how his lynching sparked the civil rights movement.  You will learn the stories of Mound Bayou, founded by former slaves as an all-black enclave, and called by President Teddy Roosevelt “The Jewel of the Delta.”  You will learn how the Mississippi River created the Delta and how the great flood of 1927 destroyed it.  You will learn about how waves of Russian Jews, French and Germans, Lebanese, Italians and Chinese immigrated to the Delta.  You will learn about the clearing of the wilderness, the arrival of railroads, cotton, plantations, sharecropping, small towns, the Blues and Gospel, and the Great Migration to the North, East and West.

Most importantly, you will learn about sense of place as you study the place itself as a text.

Tons of reading, writing and hopefully interviewing this summer. If you think educators’ summers are about vacationing, think again! In the 21st century we have to do all we can to prepare to provide our students with the best possible opportunities for learning.

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