Civil Rights Educator Institute

2016 CREI Group Photo @ Rowher Visitor Center
2016 Civil Rights Educators Institute participants on a field trip to Rohwer, Arkansas and the World War II Japanese American Internment Camp Interpretive Musuem and Visitor Center in McGehee, Arkansas.

National Park Service/Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.

Professional Development for Educators

Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site offers professional development opportunities to educational organizations and institutions with a focus on civil rights and social justice history. To request a Ranger to present to your organization or to be added to our educators contact list to receive announcements of upcoming workshops or seminars, please email our Chief of Interpretation David Kilton at

We also offer a summer professional development workshop, the Civil Rights Educator Institute (CREI), a design laboratory for social engagement that provides a space for self-reflection and inquiry into issues related to human rights and education for liberation.

The institute brings together educators, community workers, and cultural activists from around the country to exchange knowledge and experiences and to learn with and from each other in an intensive, week-long learning community. Using place-based learning, participants will visit multiple civil rights sites in the City of Little Rock including Little Rock Central High School and the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. Participants will critically engage with issues of rights, struggle, story, and power of place and introduce innovative ways of connecting past to present. The Institute also offers experiential approaches and narrative strategies as tools to explore civil rights history and human rights struggles.

To apply, click here for a pdf application. You may submit a completed application by email, fax, or postal mail to:

Email: (Please put “CREI 2019” in the subject line)

Fax: (501) 396-3001

Mail: National Park Service
2120 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive
2019 CREI Application
Attn: Toni Webber
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202

Our review of applications will continue until all seats are filled

Last updated: April 25, 2019

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Mailing Address:

National Park Service
2120 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive

Little Rock, AR 72202



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