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Call for Proposals - The Ione Bennion Teachers' Workshop for the Perpetuation of Democratic Principles

Old Main - Utah State University


Deadline: November 1, 2019

The Bennion Teachers’ Workshop for the Perpetuation of Democratic Principles is a program made possible by an endowment to Utah State University’s Mountain West Center for Regional Studies. The endowment was created by Ione Bennion, a teacher and community activist, to “provide an atmosphere and the educational resources to explore the concepts upon which democracy is built, the conditions under which it flourishes, and the dangers to its existence.” Taught by Utah State University faculty and guest speakers who represent the latest scholarship in the topics presented, the workshops focus on giving inservice and pre-inservice teachers practical tools that they can use in the classroom.


The Mountain West Center for Regional Studies at USU is seeking proposals for the 2019 Bennion Teachers' Workshop, a five-day summer workshop on democratic principles for teachers. Interpretation of democratic principles is broad, and many humanities and social science topics may qualify. Proposals with a global perspective and those with a creative/innovative approach to teaching democracy are encouraged.


The workshop is directed by USU faculty or faculty teams who have proposed a topic and outlined a plan for the workshop. The workshop should include visiting speakers, hands-on experiences, lesson plans, and time for discussion and interaction among students and faculty.


The five-day workshop is held in June.


The workshop is held on the Utah State University campus in Logan, and is attended by post-secondary and in-service K-12 teachers, as well as prospective teachers from throughout Utah and the Intermountain West.


Individuals interested in submitting a proposal should schedule a consultation with MWC Director to discuss ideas before preparing the proposal. After meeting, faculty applying for funding will write a proposal narrative and budget.

More Information -

Additional detailed information is available in the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies - Call for Proposals for the Ione Bennion Teachers' Workshop document.


For information or assistance, please email the MWC Director at