Teachers sought for Lincoln Fellowship

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Consider it an all-expenses-paid trip back in time with benefits for the future.

Illinois teachers who have participated in the annual Fellowship Institute at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois are encouraging fellow teachers to apply for this exclusive program that immerses teachers in the 19th century and sends them home with greater enthusiasm and innovation for their classrooms.  Those from Illinois who have taken part in the program to date include teachers from Chatham, Elmhurst, Sycamore, Dundee, DeKalb, Springfield, Wenona, Round Lake Beach, Edwards, Island Lake, Barrington, and Taylorville.

The Horace Mann/Abraham Lincoln Fellowship Institute, which began in 2006, offers a unique opportunity for 50 select teachers of grades K-12 to explore in depth one of our nation’s most compelling history museums and the distinguished research library that provides so much of the basis for the Museum’s interpretive success.  The Museum’s immersive, cutting edge exhibitions and creative educational programming combine with the Library’s treasure trove of original source material to offer a rich and multi-faceted portrait of Abraham Lincoln, his life, and the American Civil War in which he played such a key role.  The many sites in and around Springfield that influenced Lincoln’s life add depth to this portrait and help enrich participant’s fellowship experience.

These exceptional teachers from all over the country converge on Springfield to take in all things Lincoln. Months of planning culminate in two separate but identical five-day sessions where teachers engage in workshops, tours, seminars and networking with each other.  Sponsored by Horace Mann, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, this competitive annual fellowship offers an all-expense paid opportunity and a behind the scenes look at how the Presidential Library and Museum tells the story of our country’s 16th President.

The 2012 fellowship dates are June 17-22 and July 8-13, and the deadline to apply is Feb.  Applications may be accessed at: www.horacemann.com/teacher-lounge/fellowship-program/how-to-apply.