Hispanic American History Presidential Academy

Summer 2021


  • Earn 6 graduate credits, for FREE
  • Enrich your curriculum with authentic Hispanic American history
  • Enhance your culturally relevant teaching practices
  • Participate in PBE learning in Chicago, IL and El Paso, TX, for FREE
  • Eligible to earn a $1,000 stipend while participating in PBE learning trips with high school students as a Teacher Leader

The 2021 summber grant is limited to 35 teacher participants.


Face-to-Face and Multi-Media Instruction

July 12-August 3 | Monday-Friday

On-Campus Days

Multi-Media Learning Days

Monday, July 12, 2021

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Friday, July 16, 2021

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Monday, July 19, 2021

Thursday, July 22, 2021


Monday, July 26, 2021


Monday, August 2, 2021


Tuesday, August 3, 2021





Chicago Day Trip

Friday, July 23, 2021

El Paso Overnight Trip 

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Thursday, July 29, 2021

Friday, July 30, 2021 (Return travel day)



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: Hispanic American status throughout history, including immigration policy; the role of modern education in Hispanic American knowledge and identity; the cultural impact of conflict over Hispanic American citizenship; and how educational practices have alienated the Hispanic American from modern civic participation.

Through lecture, group work, and guest speakers you will discover Hispanic 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 Hispanic American historical experiences of assimilation. We will explore the role that federal and state policies have played in the efficacy of Hispanics in the political process.

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

We prepare for and participate in the second PBE learning trip to El Paso, TX, 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.



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


Only 35 teachers can participate each summer. In the event that the program receives more applications than available spots a wait list will be formed.

Admission to the Presidential Academy will be conducted in two phases.

Phase One is for eligible applicants who are currently employed and teaching in social studies at a target district school (Racine or Kenosha Unified School District.)

Phase Two is for all applicants meeting the eligibility requirements.  Phase Two applications will be accepted, and admission decisions will be made on a first-come-first-serve basis. 


  • Complete the online Presidential Academy program application
  • Ask your Principal  to complete the Principal Recommendation Form
  • Send all transcript(s) from all secondary higher education institutions

Email  |  UAH@uwp.edu 

UAH Program
UW-Parkside, Center for Professional Studies
900 Wood Road
Kenosha, WI 53144

Applications for admission to the program will not be reviewed until they are complete.


Applications open: Complete
Applications close: Complete
Admission decision: Complete


Applications open: Complete
Applications close: Complete
Admission decision: Complete

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 was successful 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 Chicago, IL and El Paso, TX during the summer of 2021 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 Chicago and El Paso

• 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

• 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 El Paso, TX

• Ensure students are in their hotel rooms at the designated times each evening while in El Paso

• Ensure students wake for breakfast in the morning and are ready to begin the day while in El Paso, TX

• 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.


Friday, July 23, 2021, visit various educational sites in Chicago, IL. Tuesday, July 27 – Friday, July 30, 2021, visit various educational sites in El Paso, TX


• Admitted participant of the Uncovering Alternative Histories Presidential Academy during summer 2021

• Successfully pass a criminal background check


As part of the UAH summer 2021 program, students and teachers will be traveling to the city of El Paso, Texas. This city is at the border of the United States and Mexico. Students and teachers will have the opportunity to walk through the border and cross to Mexico as part of our experience-based learning. This is a voluntary activity, it is not a mandatory component to our program. Teachers who wish to participate in this crossing must have a valid US passport to return to the US. For those who chose not to participate in this activity or who do not have a valid US passport, an alternate activity is scheduled. To apply for a US passport please visit the Department of State website. US passports take 10-12 weeks to receive back from the Department of State, please plan accordingly.


Lorene Bakkila | 262-595-2334 |uah@uwp.edu

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