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Educator Programs

Our education team currently offers three teachers institutes each year.

Weinstein Properties Story of Virginia Teachers Institute: Summer 2019

Exceptionally well-planned, executed institute that provides a history teacher with superb tools, regardless of the subject he/she teaches. My enhanced knowledge of archaeology, anthropology, ethnology, and linguistics will definitely benefit me in my World History classroom.
Milondra Coleman, teacher

In conjunction with Longwood University, the Virginia Museum of History & Culture announces its Weinstein Properties Story of Virginia Teachers Institutes for 2019.

Earn re-certification points while exploring the history of Virginia, project-based learning, and teaching with primary sources! Choose between two sessions: July 15-19 or July 29-August 2.

The institute will be held at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture with a day-long field trip to the Robert Russa Moton Museum in Farmville, Virginia. Throughout the week teachers will examine stories from Virginia's past through primary sources. Experts from the Virginia Museum of History & Culture and Longwood University will provide examples for project-based learning, performance-based assessments, and tips and techniques for engaging students in grades K-12. 

The cost is $50, which will be refunded upon completion of the class. In addition, we require a letter of recommendation from your supervisor. Lunches and materials are provided free of charge, and participating teachers will be eligible for CEUs and recertification points.

Register online today!

Session 1: July 15-July 19, 2019

While this session of the institute will provide teachers with an overview of Virginia history from the earliest habitation to the present, its primary focus will be on African-American history in the commonwealth, as viewed through the lens of the museum’s newest exhibition, Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality. Participating teachers will learn methods and best practices for teaching hard history while exploring the vast collections of the Virginia Museum of History and Culture.

Session 2: July 29-August 2, 2019

This session of the institute will provide teachers with an overview of the rich history of Virginia from the earliest habitation to the present. In addition, participating teachers will explore the vast collections of the Virginia Museum of History and Culture and learn how to teach their students to analyze primary sources and use historical thinking skills.

For more information, contact Michael Plumb at 804.342.9642 or mplumb@VirginiaHistory.org.

 


Primarily Virginia Online Teachers Institute

Primarily Virginia is an online course designed for teachers to explore Virginia’s past by examining objects and primary sources. These pieces of the past will be used as a lens to examine different historical eras in Virginia history. All course work is to be completed through the course website, and there are no required in-person class meetings. This course is offered three times a year and is free of charge to Virginia teachers, thanks to the generous support of the WestRock Foundation.

Spring 2019

Registration for the Spring 2019 session of Primarily Virginia is now open! The course is limited to 30 participants and will launch on January 21, 2019. Please register by January 16, 2019. Use the link below to register online today.

Primarily Virginia: Spring 2019

For additional information, please contact Hailey Fenner, 804.342.9689, hhouse@VirginiaHistory.org.


TEACHER WORKSHOPS USING PRIMARY RESOURCES

These programs are designed to strengthen the analytical abilities of middle and high school teachers. Teachers will learn historical thinking skills—sourcing, contextualization, corroboration, and close reading—by using letters, diaries, documents, photographs, and maps from the society’s collections. These workshops can be conducted at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture or in your school and are perfect for in-service teacher training.

For more information, contact Michael Plumb at 804.342.9642 or mplumb@VirginiaHistory.org.

 

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