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Auburn University Delegation to Participate in Appalachian Teaching Project Symposium

Auburn University Delegation to Participate in Appalachian Teaching Project Symposium

On December 2–3, 2016, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) will host seven students from Auburn University at the 16TH annual Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) symposium in Washington, D.C.  Supported by ARC and organized by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University, ATP coordinates student teams from participating colleges and universities in Appalachia to develop applied research projects on topics related to building a sustainable future for the Appalachian Region. As part of ATP, student teams travel to Washington, D.C., to formally present their research to other participating schools and ARC leadership.

“Each year, the Appalachian Teaching Project brings together students from across the Region to share their research, work, and vision,” said ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl F. Gohl.  “These next-generation leaders are energetic and innovative, and give a glimpse into Appalachia’s bright future.”

The 2016 ATP symposium will be held at the Crystal City Marriot in Arlington, Virginia, and will feature 150 students representing 14 schools from 11 Appalachian states.  The team from Auburn University includes students from the course Introduction to Community and Civic Engagement . They will present their research on “Developing Students as Citizens in Macon County,” which included classroom activities on civic engagement and professional development in 6th grade classes at Tuskegee Public School and Notasulga School and survey of 6th grade perspectives on Macon County and involvement in community activities.  The research team is led by Mark Wilson, who has been named an Appalachian Teaching Fellow for the 2016–2017 academic year.  Mark Wilson is the Director of Civic Learning Initiatives and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University. As part of their ATP visit to Washington, D.C., the Auburn University team will also visit with Congressman Mike Rogers, tour the United States Capitol, and stop for a photograph with the Toomer’s Oak descendent on the Capitol lawn.

Nearly 2,000 students from 20 colleges and universities across Appalachia have participated in the ATP since the program began in 2001.

The Appalachian Regional Commission is a regional economic development partnership of federal and state governments across 420 counties in 13 Appalachian states. ARC's mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia.

Auburn University has provided instruction, research, and outreach to benefit the state and nation for more than 150 years, and is among a distinctive group of universities designated as Land, Sea, and Space Grant Institutions. AU Makes a nearly $5 billion economic contribution to the state each year, has more than 250,000 graduates and provides 130 degree programs to more than 24,000 graduate and undergraduate students.


Last Updated: December 05, 2016