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Mount Si High School Teacher Selected for National Institute

Mount Si High School teacher Gerald “Jerry” Bopp has been selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholar from a highly selective, national applicant pool to attend one of 25 seminars and institutes this summer. From July 6-24, he will attend a Summer Institute for Teachers entitled “Teaching Connected Histories of the Mediterranean” at the University of Denver in Colorado.

The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions so that teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines. The Institute represents a partnership between George Mason University and the University of Denver to offer secondary school teachers of courses such as world history, world geography, world religions, and global studies the opportunity to focus on the Mediterranean region from a world historical perspective.

Jerry Bopp

“I’m delighted to be selected for this institute, and I look forward to integrating what I learn into my students’ coursework at Mount Si,” said Bopp, who has taught history for 14 years at Mount Si High School. He plans to share what he learns with his AP World History and World History classes.

Building on the strengths of two leading universities in Middle East and Islamic Studies, this three-week summer program connects teachers with the recent scholarship on this region and provides access to new curriculum materials developed by prominent scholars, for the K-12 classroom. “This is an unprecedented opportunity to work one-on-one with some of the thinkers who are re-writing the ways in which we all understand human history, and emphasizing how important the Mediterranean continues to be today,” said co-director Susan Douglass of Georgetown University and George Mason University.

Bopp is among 30 teachers selected from across the nation to participate in this program, each of whom will receive a stipend of $2,700 to cover their travel, study, and living expenses. In total, 545 Summer Scholars have been selected to attend 25 NEH seminars and institutes offered for teachers this summer.

To learn more, visit the websites of the institute: www.teachconnectedhistories.org, and the National Endowment for the Humanities: www.neh.gov.