African American Historic Sites Professional Learning Opportunity

The South Carolina Council for African American Studies (SCCAAS), in partnership with the Institute for the Study of Reconstruction Era (ISRE) at USC-Beaufort, is accepting applications to work with 20 Social Studies teachers in grades 2, 4, 7, 8 and 11 who will participate in a 5-day professional learning opportunity that will explore several African American historical sites in Beaufort County. Teachers accepted in the seminar opportunity will be required to develop an inquiry-based instructional unit with primary document text sets that explore the topic, “Sins of Omission: Beaufort, South Carolina, Civil War and Reconstruction.” 

Apply Now - Deadline extended, April 28


  • All South Carolina Social Studies teachers are encouraged to apply. Additionally, we are recruiting teachers in Beaufort County to be participants at each grade level. 
  • In addition to books, materials and content knowledge, participants will receive a stipend upon completion of all professional learning opportunity requirements. 
  • Room, board/food, and transportation to historic sites will be provided for all participants during the the program. (See schedule and mandatory dates of attendance below.)
  • Applicants Notified by: Monday, May 1

Schedule and **Mandatory Attendance Dates: (Print this Information)




May 11

Workshop meeting

Online via Zoom

  • 6 - 7:30 p.m. - Project Directors and Curriculum Team will discuss with participants the vision, expectations, and timeline for the project. 

June 4

Participants travel to Beaufort

  • 4 - 6 p.m. - Participants will report and check-in to hotel.

  • 6 -7 p.m.- PLO Staff will host a 1-hour welcome meeting with introductions. Distribution of resource materials and supplies.

June 5 - Friday,
June 9

Beaufort and surrounding areas

  • PLO Workshop and Site Visits

June 17

Online- Zoom group break-out sessions

DRAFT Due Date

Google Drive Folder

  • Webinar Workshop Online: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Teachers and Curriculum Consultants work on the inquiry-based units and text sets. Break-out sessions and Group Feedback.

  • Teachers must submit their draft instructional units to the designated curriculum consultant.

Friday, June 30

Due Date

Via Google Drive

  • Final due date - Completed Units must be uploaded to the PLO Google Drive by 11:59 p.m. Friday, June 30.

“Sins of Omission: Beaufort, South Carolina, Civil War and Reconstruction.”
Using the history of the Beaufort region from 1861 to 1900, participants will develop inquiry-based instructional units with primary document text sets. In this project, participants will focus on how to use narrative-based inquiry methods to help students understand the experiences of African Americans from 1861-1900 by: 1) participating in discussions with experts as they relate to the region, state and nation; 2) examining prominent African American historical sites; 3) interacting with descendants and/or preservers of designated locations; and 4) working in collaborative groups to develop the ten required units of inquiry-based instructional plans and materials for publication.

COVID-19: Once accepted in the program each participant will be required to sign a standard COVID-19 Waiver. 

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