African American History | Teachers: The Presidential Academy


Explore the African American narrative in historical events from a local and national perspective. Discover how slavery permeated the African American history through education disenfranchisment, and segregation. Relate radical reconstruction of the 19th century to the political, cultural, and social activism of the 21st century.


  • Earn 6 graduate credits, for FREE
  • Enrich your curriculum with authentic African American history
  • Enhance your culturally relevant teaching practices
  • Participate in PBE learning in Milwaukee, WI and St. Louis, MO, for FREE
  • Eligible to earn a $1,000 stipend while participating in PBE learning trips with high school students as a Teacher Leader

The 2022 summer grant is limited to 40 teacher participants.


Face-to-Face and Multi-Media Instruction

July 11-August 2, 2022 | Monday-Friday

On-Campus Days

Multi-Media Learning Days

Monday, July 11, 2022

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 Friday, July 15, 2022
Wednesday, July 13, 2022 Friday, July 22, 2022
Tuesday, July 19, 2022  
Wednesday, July 20, 2022  
Thursday, July 21, 2022  
Monday, July 25, 2022  
Monday, August 1, 2022  
Tuesday, August 2, 2022    




Milwaukee Day Trip

Monday, July 18, 2022


St. Louis Overnight Trip 

Tuesday, July 26, 2022 (Travel day to St. Louis, MO)
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Thursday, July 28, 2022
Friday, July 29, 2022 (Return travel day to UW-Parkside)



Applicants must a licensed teacher, preferably in high school or middle school and preferably teaching in a social studies area. 


Only 40 teachers can participate each summer. In the event that the program receives more applications than available spots a wait list will be formed.
Applications open:     COMPLETE
Applications close:     COMPLETE
Admission decision on or before:     COMPLETE
Deadlines are firm - We cannot make exceptions to dealines due to the popularity of our program.


  • Complete the online Presidential Academy Teacher Application
  • Send all post secondary higher education transcripts (unofficial will be accepted) by email to:

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Applications for admission to the program will not be reviewed until all requirements are submitted.

The following criteria and point system will be used to evaluate applicants in each application phase.   

Criteria for the Selection of Teachers Points (Max 100)
Applicant is a returning participant from previous year and successfully completed the program with a GPA of 2.0 or higher 100
Applicant is from target districts of KUSD or RUSD 35

Applicant does not have a master’s degree in American history or civics

Applicant has taught for less than 5 years in one of the content areas 20
Applicant is recommended by their principal or district C and I administrator 15
Applicant is currently teaching American history or civics 10



The Teacher Leader position is a voluntary paid position held during the Uncovering Alternative Histories place-based experiential (PBE) learning trips to Milwaukee, WI and St. Louis, MO during the summer of 2022 through the Presidential Academy program hosted by the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies. The Teacher Leader will be responsible for students in their assigned small groups during PBE trips. Teachers must be participants of the Uncovering Alternative Histories Presidential Academy in order to be a teacher leader.


Teacher Leaders will:

• Arrive at UWP 30 minutes prior to departure time for PBE to assist with logistical management

• Be responsible for a small group of students during the PBE trips in Milwaukee, WI and St. Louis, MO

• Conduct a meeting with assigned students to introduce yourself, explain your role, and ensure that the students understand the expectations/consequences of breaking the code of conduct and the rules of the program prior to the first PBE trip

• Ensure assigned students are on the bus and ready for departure at assigned times throughout the day during PBE trips

• Manage student participants (not other teacher participants) exiting and entering buses, learning sites, rest stops, restaurants, and other locations during PBE trips

• Encourage questions and lead discussion among the small group during PBE trips

• Facilitate questions regarding the logistics of the PBE trips

• Assist with hotel check-in/check-out at the hotel in St. Louis, MO

• Ensure students are in their hotel rooms at the designated times each evening while in St. Louis, MO

• Ensure students wake for breakfast in the morning and are ready to begin the day while in St. Louis, MO

• Ensure assigned students have been picked up or boarded university sponsored transportation at the end of the day. If not picked up within 15 minutes of arrival to campus notify program leaders.

• Report any violation of rules during PBE trips to UWP program leaders

• Maintain professional standards in regard to the relationship with the students. The program leaders will discuss standard operating procedure concerning conduct between teacher leaders and participating students at the orientation meeting

• Not be lodged in the same hotel room as students, nor will they be responsible for their assigned students during the overnight periods.


• Visits various educations sites in Miwaukee, WI.

• Visits various educations sites in St. Louis, MO.


• Admitted participant of the Uncovering Alternative Histories Presidential Academy during summer 2022

• Successfully pass a criminal background check



In the opening week, we will identify the importance of alternate interpretations of history through lecture and group discussion and how those interpretations can change according to group perspectives. Topics will include: African American status throughout history; the role of modern education in African American knowledge and identity; the cultural impact of conflict over African American citizenship; and how educational practices have alienated the African American from modern civic participation.

Through lecture, group work, and guest speakers you will discover African American identity through challenges from the past and present. The group work will give you to tools to recognize the challenges and importance of unity and develop approaches for increasing civic engagement that overcome African American historical experiences of assimilation and acculturation. You will explore the role of systemic racism in the political process, as African Americans move to establish their own political agenda in the 20th and 21st century. We conclude on high note looking at the contribution to democracy through jazz.

On Friday, we embark on the first PBE learning trip to Milwaukee, WI visiting a museum and other historical sites.

We prepare for and participate in the second PBE learning trip to St. Louis, MO, where we will visit museums, national historic parks, and other historical sites.

The program culminates with the Presidential Academy Showcase. You will present your lesson plan that you have developed demonstrating integration of your learning over the three weeks.


Lorene Bakkila | (262) 595-2334 |

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