The David Mathews Center for Civic Life’s (DMC) Innovators in Civic Education Fellowship provides classroom and community-based educators with the resources and training they need to bring high-quality, civics-forward social studies education to their classroom.

The skills learned during the fellowship can benefit teachers in any social studies discipline or grade-level. Fellows will assist the DMC in expanding and improving the impact that the Center’s educational programming has within schools and communities. The DMC’s educational programming and resources emphasize the way that place-based, inquiry-based, and discussion-based education can prepare students to be active citizens. ​Through our work, we aim to cultivate essential skills such as critical thinking, perspective-taking, active-listening, and a desire for collaboration; skills that not only benefit students in the classroom but in community life and their career.

The primary role of the Fellows is to help the David Mathews Center create lesson plans and activities that correspond to guides for classroom discussions about issues in history. Our issue guides align with topics and events required by the ALSDE social studies standards, including the Creek War, Reconstruction, Women’s Suffrage, and the Civil Rights Movement. With the insight of the Innovators in Civics Education Fellows the DMC plans to expand the scope, depth, and accessibility of these classroom resources. Selected fellows will participate in a two-day workshop, June 1-2, 2020 (subject to change) at the DMC located at the American Village in Montevallo, Alabama. During the workshop fellows will participate in engaging professional development sessions with the DMC and partner organizations from across the state.

Note: The David Mathews Center is closely following COVID19, and following CDC and ADPH guidelines. As a result, the Teacher Fellows workshop may be rescheduled to late summer 2020 or completed remotely. We will keep all applicants and accepted fellows up to date on adjustments to the workshop date. Thank you for your flexibility. 

Following the workshop fellows are asked to act as a liaison for the DMC in their school and district by sharing these resources and strategies and assisting the DMC in the promotion of our state-wide workshop, which fellows are required to attend. Fellows will also be given the opportunity to assist in the creation of future classroom resources for which they will be compensated. Fellows will receive a $450 stipend for participating in the two day intensive and housing and meals will be provided. The application can be accessed here. 

Application and all supporting material must be submitted by ​Friday April 24th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ​to

Send completed application to DMC Education Director Gabrielle Lamplugh: ​glamplugh@mathewscenter.org