TUCKAHOE, N.Y. - A Tuckahoe High School teacher has earned national accolades and will attend a one-week workshop this summer alongside some of the the country’s top educators and scholars.
Longtime teacher Jean Heinsohn has been chosen from a competitive national applicant pool as a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholar, with a nomination to attend a NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop.
Once the academic year is over, Heinsohn will attend an NEH - an organization that supports summer study opportunities allowing for teachers to work with experts in humanities disciplines - workshop entitled “The Problem of the Color Line: Atlanta Landmarks and Civil Rights History” in Georgia. The one-week program will be held at Georgia State University and led by professor Timothy Crimmins.
While participating in the workshop, Heinsohn and her peers will visit several key sites that proved pivotal in civil rights history. The university has assembled a group of nationally-renowned academics who will share stories about the Civil Rights Movement.
During their time in Atlanta, the Summer Scholars will also take field trips to Piedmont Park, where Booker T. Washington delivered his “Atlanta Compromise” address and to Atlanta University, where W.E.B. DuBois wrote “The Souls of Black Folk.”
According to the NEH, “the historic landmarks that (the Summer Scholars) visit will reveal a history of a segregated society and the struggle to dismantle it. Atlanta has memorialized these events at the sites where civil rights history was made. Summer Scholars can then bring these on-site experiences to their classrooms.”