African American Historic Sites Professional Learning Opportunity

The South Carolina Council for African American Studies (SCCAAS), in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Education, 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, April 17


  • 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.)

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.

Monday, 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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