2016 Appalachian Teaching Project Conference
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The Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) gives college students the opportunity to engage in research projects that address endemic challenges facing Appalachian communities. Led by the Consortium of Appalachian Centers and Institutes, a coalition of 16 Appalachian-studies organizations, the program includes coursework and active research on issues related to building a sustainable future for Appalachian communities. Faculty and students at each participating institution design and carry out research projects tailored to the needs of targeted communities, many of which are in economically distressed counties. This research is presented at a conference held each year in Washington, D.C.
Supported by ARC to help build student leadership capacity, the program teaches real-world leadership skills, taking students out of the classroom and into their communities. The research conducted helps guide communities toward local solutions that help solve significant problems in a sustainable way; and the research presentations challenge ARC to take a fresh look at issues and solutions in the Appalachian Region.
Fourteen institutions from 11 Appalachian states participated in the 2016 program, which was administered by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University.2016 ATP participants and project descriptions (PDF: 144 KB)