Summer Civics Institute - Coastal Carolina University
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Summer Civics Institute


The Cincinnatus Center at Coastal Carolina University will host a week-long Summer Civics Institute focusing on the American Political Tradition from June 5 through June 9, 2023. This institute, which is sponsored by a grant from the Jack Miller Center, is led by CCU faculty and is open to middle- and high-school social studies teachers in Horry and surrounding counties in order to offer content-based professional development to equip teachers with the history and pedagogy to lead students in the study of primary documents from American political thought. Topics include: Constitutional ratification and interpretation, slavery and the Civil War, presidential power, political ideology, and the Civil Rights era. This training will assist teachers in the fulfillment of new pedagogical requirements in the recently-passed REACH act. The Summer Civics Institute will take place on the campus of Coastal Carolina University.


  • $200 stipend

  • 20 contact hours (4 hours/day for 5 days) toward professional development credit

  • Complimentary catered breakfast and lunch each day

  • A bound volume of primary source readings, sent in advance of the institute

  • An opening reception Monday afternoon and parting dinner Friday evening

Schedule and Format

Each day will include four hour-long sessions, including lecture, discussion, and Q&A in a group setting. We will provide breaks with refreshments between each session and will also provide breakfast and lunch each day. The institute will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day. All readings will be provided in a bound volume in advance.

Eligibility, Application and Deadlines

Eligible to middle- and high-school social studies teachers in Horry and surrounding counties. Click here for the online application. Applications are due to the Cincinnatus Center by April 15, 2023. Notification of acceptance will be issued by May 1, 2023.