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The Space Race on the Space Coast

Participant Cohorts

A National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks Grant Program

The Space Race on the Space Coast is a unique professional opportunity that will help educators shape their classrooms to engage students in authentic historical inquiry about a profoundly significant era and location in U.S. history. The workshops funded by this grant will be offered two times: July 11-15, 2022 and July 25-29, 2022. Each session will focus on the unique history and culture of Florida's Space Coast and will allow K-12 educators of multiple disciplines from around the country to explore the ways in which politics, science, and culture intersected in a unique geographical location from the 1950's through today. Participants will gather at the Astronauts' Memorial Foundation on the campus of the Kennedy Visitors Center in Cape Canaveral, FL to interact with historians, education specialists, astronauts, and engineers.

Planned Site Experiences: Kennedy Visitor's Center, the Apollo/Saturn V Rocket Center, Cape Canaveral Space Force Base, Cape Canaveral Lighthouse, Astronaut Family Beachhouse, Harry and Harriette Moore Cultural Complex, Space X Facility, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

The Landmarks of American History and Culture program supports a series of one-week workshops for K-12 educators across the nation to enhance and strengthen humanities teaching at the K-12 level. Projects employ a place-based approach and are designed to offer educators a unique and compelling opportunity to deepen and expand their knowledge of the diverse histories, cultures, traditions, languages, and perspectives of the American people.

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The Space Race on the Space Coast has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website and associated programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

COVID Disclaimer: Depending on public health guidelines related to COVID-19, plans for a residential offering are subject to change.

 

How to Apply for The Space Race on the Space Coast 

Please read the information below carefully and when you're ready to apply, please click the "Apply Now" button located at the bottom of this page. We look forward to working with you!

Applications will be open between November 15, 2021 and March 1, 2022, so be sure to get your application in as soon as you can! All applicants for the program will be notified by March 25, 2022 of their participation status. 

Participants are selected by a committee, which will consist of three or more members, including the project director(s) and at least one K-12 classroom teacher. They will evaluate all complete applications to select a group of participants and to identify alternates. Depending on public health guidelines related to COVID-19, plans for a residential offering are subject to change. 

Application Schedule and Participant Selection

Participants are selected by a committee, which will consist of three or more members, including the project director(s) and at least one K-12 classroom teacher. They will evaluate all complete applications to select a group of participants and to identify alternates. Depending on public health guidelines related to COVID-19, plans for a residential offering are subject to change.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2022
Notification of Acceptance: March 25, 2022
Participant Acceptance of Offer: April 8, 2022
Waitlist Offers (if needed): April 15, 2022

Participant Eligibility Criteria

Landmarks programs are designed for a national audience of full- or part-time K-12 educators who teach in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, or as home schooling educators. Museum educators and other K-12 school system personnel—such as, but not limited to, administrators, substitute teachers, and curriculum supervisors—are also eligible to participate. At least three spaces per workshop session or six spaces total for the entire
program must be reserved for teachers who are new to the profession (five or fewer years teaching experience).

Participants must be United States citizens, residents of U.S. jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have been residing in the United States or its territories for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. U.S. citizens teaching abroad at U.S. chartered institutions are also eligible to participate. Foreign nationals teaching abroad are not eligible to participate.

Individuals may not apply to participate in a Landmarks workshop whose director is a family member, who is affiliated with the same institution, who has served as an instructor or academic advisor to the applicant, or who has led a previous NEH-funded Institute or Landmarks program attended by the applicant.

Participants may not be delinquent in the repayment of federal debt (e.g. taxes, student loans, child support payments, and delinquent payroll taxes for household or other employees). Individuals may not apply to participate in a Landmarks workshop if they have been debarred or suspended by any federal department or agency. The OMB Guidelines to Agencies on Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) contained in 2 CFR Parts 180 and 3369 apply to this award. The recipient must comply, and must require subrecipients to comply, with Subpart C of these regulations.

Participating in an NEH summer program as an “NEH Summer Scholar” brings certain benefits and expectations. In any given year an individual may apply to a maximum of two NEH summer programs, but may attend only one NEH program per summer. Once they have accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (Landmarks or Institutes), participants may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer.

Stipend

Each participant will receive a $1,300 stipend. The stipend is intended to help cover travel, housing, meals, and basic academic expenses. Stipends are taxable.

Expectations

Accepted applicants must decide to participate in The Space Race on the Space Coast by April 8, 2022. Once an applicant has accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (Seminar, Institute, or Landmark), they may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer.

Full-Time Study and Tenure: Project applicants who accept an offer to participant are expected to remain during the entire period of the program and to participate in its work on a full-time basis. If a participant is obliged through special circumstances to depart before the end of the program, it shall be the recipient institution’s responsibility to see that only a pro rata share of the stipend is received or that the appropriate pro rata share of the stipend is returned if the participant has already received the full stipend.

Dismissal from the Program: All NEH Landmarks participants are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. This requires a respectful attitude toward fellow participants, faculty, guest lecturers, and others in all settings (program sessions, field trips, etc.). Unprofessional behavior will not be tolerated and egregious or repeated violations of this principle will be considered grounds for dismissal from the program at the discretion of the Project Director. Reasons for dismissal may include, but are not limited to, repeated absences from scheduled activities and disruptive or threatening behavior.

NEH Principles of Civility

Consult the NEH Principles of Civility, here: https://www.neh.gov/grants/principles-civility

Evaluation

All NEH The Space Race on the Space Coast are requred to submit a completed historical inquiry lesson plan to the Project Director by August 5, 2022. All NEH Landmarks participants are required to evaluate their experience and report on their activities and accomplishments under the award. Participants will report at the end of the workshop on online forms provided by the Endowment.

Application Checklist

  1. Completed the online application by clicking on the "Apply Now" button below. You should receive an email confirmation that it has been sucessfully submitted.
  2. Emailed a a single .pdf file that includes a) a less than one page letter of interest for participation; and b) a resume or curriculum vita to matt@nche.net.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or age. For further information, write to the Equal Opportunity Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities, 400 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024. TDD: 202-606-8282 (this is a special telephone device for the Deaf).