"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
William Byrd II
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The Story of Virginia

Professional Development

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture currently offers three teachers institutes along with teacher workshops.

Weinstein Properties Story of Virginia Teachers Institute

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

The Weinstein Properties Story of Virginia Teachers Institute is a week-long program that is offered twice each summer in conjunction with the School of Professional & Continuing Studies. Open to all Virginia public and private school teachers, the institute provides teachers with an overview of the rich history of Virginia from the earliest habitation to the present. In addition, participating teachers are able to explore the vast collections of the museum and learn how to teach their students to analyze primary sources and use historical thinking skills.

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.

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

E. Claiborne Robins, Jr.,  Teachers Institute

The E. Claiborne Robins, Jr. Teachers Institute examines Virginia’s history through the collections of the Virginia Historical Society. The program is designed to introduce teachers to the rich collections of the VHS and demonstrate how those materials can be used in the classroom.

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

Primarily Virginia: MeadWestvaco 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. 

For additional information, please contact Hailey House, 804.342.9689, hhouse@vahistorical.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@vahistorical.org.

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