(Little Rock, Ark.) - Ashley Haning, a Joe T. Robinson High School teacher, was awarded a James Madison Fellowship by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation. Haning joins a group of 53 teachers, and is one of two from Arkansas, in the 28th annual fellowship competition.
James Madison Fellowships support the graduate study of American history by aspiring and experienced secondary school teachers of American history, American government, and civics.
Named in honor of the fourth president of the United States and acknowledged “Father of the Constitution and Bill of Rights,” a James Madison Fellowship funds up to $24,000 of each Fellow’s course of study towards a master’s degree. That program must include a concentration of courses on the history and principles of the United States Constitution.
“Ashley is a young and energetic teacher who finds creative ways to engage her students,” says Robinson High School assistant principal, Brady Bratcher. “For example, during March Madness which involved students picking different topics in history to debate or she has students use a shower curtain to right summaries or timelines in history. It is amazing the amount of information that students put on their curtains.”
The 53 James Madison Fellows were selected in competition with applicants from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the nation’s island and trust territories. The fellowships are funded by income from a trust fund in the Treasury of the United States and from additional private gifts, corporate contributions, and foundation grants. Recipients are required to teach American history or civics in a secondary school for at least one year for each year of fellowship support. The award is intended to recognize promising and distinguished teachers, to strengthen their knowledge of the origins and development of American constitutional government, and thus to expose the nation’s secondary school students to accurate knowledge of the nation’s constitutional heritage.
Founded by an Act of Congress in 1986, the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation is an independent agency of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. Additional information may be found at www.jamesmadison.gov.