2017 Appalachian Teaching Project Conference

December 2017


 
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December 1–2, 2017
Crystal City Marriott
1999 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, Virginia

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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. The 2017 conference was held December 1–2.

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. Topics for 2017 included downtown revitalization, natural and cultural heritage development, education, local food, and health.

Thirteen institutions from 11 Appalachian states participated in the 2017 program, which was administered by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University.

Appalachian Teaching Project Fellowship
As part of the 2017 ATP conference, ARC announced the new Appalachian Teaching Project Fellowship. Through it, ATP student participants can apply for a summer 2018 professional development opportunity at ARC in Washington, D.C. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2018.
About the ATP Fellowship (PDF: 581 KB)
How to apply (PDF: 144 KB)

Learn more about the 2017 conference:
2017 ATP participants and project descriptions (PDF: 150 KB)
2017 ATP conference presentations agenda (PDF: 168 KB)
Videos of 2016 ATP conference presentations

See more about the ATP on the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services Web site.