Stay up to date on statewide educational news, discover diverse resources for teachers and administrators, and connect with other schools and organizations in your community to celebrate Alabama's bicentennial.
News & Notices
Announcing Alabama Bicentennial Schools of Excellence
On September 3, 2019, the Alabama Bicentennial Commission held a recognition ceremony at the Alabama Department of Archives and History to honor the twenty-one recipients of the Alabama Bicentennial Schools of Excellence designation. Selected from the 200 Alabama Bicentennial Schools by a committee of statewide community leaders, these schools exhibited exemplary civic engagement in community improvement projects.
Alabama Bicentennial Executive Director Jay Lamar and Co-Chairs of the Alabama Bicentennial Education Committee Steve Murray and Karen Porter announced each School of Excellence and provided descriptions of their community service project. Governor Kay Ivey presented each school with a commendation and a $5,000 Governor's Award grant to continue fostering student-led community engagement. Schools also received specialized Sylacauga marble sculptures and banners to display at their campuses.
Read more about the Alabama Bicentennial Schools of Excellence Program here.
New Bicentennial Coloring Sheets and Booklet Available
Teach your students about Alabama's famous people and places through these fun coloring activities, perfect for pre-K through 2nd grade students. Each page of the coloring book teaches young learners about the alphabet, shapes, numbers, and animals using Alabama-themed illustrations and activities.
Additional coloring sheets chronicle the legacies of ten famous Alabamians. All illustrations and activities were created by Michelle Hazelwood Hyde, illustrator of the official Alabama Bicentennial children's book Alabama: My Home Sweet Home!.
Looking for fun and interactive ways to incorporate social studies in your pre-K or K-2nd grade curriculum? Alabama Bicentennial Master Teacher and Northport Elementary Kindergarten teacher Sarah Stroud has curated an academic year's worth of activities for early childhood classrooms. Subjects include geography, famous Alabamians, symbols, and Native American history. Each activity includes detailed instructions, pictures, and content standards. The packet is available for download here.
For advanced elementary students, Sarah Stroud and fellow Alabama Bicentennial Master Teacher Harrow Strickland of Pick Elementary School developed a series of We Can statements. These lists offer a diverse array of hands-on social studies activities to encourage civic engagement among young students. Click here to download the We Can statements.
More resources and lessons for elementary students can be found here.
Bicentennial Activity Calendar for Secondary Students
Stay involved in the countdown to the bicentennial celebration with a calendar of activities for middle school and high school students. Developed by Alabama Bicentennial Master Teachers LaToya Davis and Julie Powell of Elmore County Schools, this calendar connects students with Alabama history, community involvement, and social media through daily tasks, games, and challenges.
Primary sources concerning the Modern Civil Rights Movement, politics, industry, and culture of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries are now available on Alabama200.org. In anticipation of the Alabama Department of Archives and History's We the People exhibit, we have created document packages relating to each of the state's six constitutions and Ordinance of Secession. All documents are connected to the Alabama Course of Study for Social Studies for easy integration with your curriculum.
Primary source-based lesson plans and learning activities for elementary and secondary classrooms can be found here. Created by Alabama teachers, these activities incorporate primary sources into Social Studies lessons in engaging and informative ways.