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With classes underway in the nation’s schools, educators nationwide have Colonial Williamsburg on their side in telling America’s enduring story—and making it engaging as well as educational. A total of 433 educators spent part of their summers at Colonial Williamsburg, learning to bring an interactive, interdisciplinary focus to American history and social studies.
The summer Teacher Institute, going into its 27th year in 2018, draws applicants from across the country. This summer, those chosen to attend came from 44 states and the District of Columbia.
Each Institute graduate becomes a valued addition to our ongoing Teacher Community and we enjoy those continuing connections. In fact, our Master Teachers usually are Institute alumni. This national group advises us on K-12 educational programming and trends year-round, and its members often return as summer instructors.
Working with CW educators, historians, character interpreters and their peers, these Master Teachers and other institute participants total more than 9,000 who have built instructional skills and content knowledge through the Foundation. Both pre-service and in-service teachers can access CW’s teacher professional development and resources through theme-based on-site and regional workshops, plus the free online, multi-media Colonial Williamsburg Education Resource Library.
New initiatives and expanded thematic programs begin this October 7-8, with “My Life, My Work, My Home,” an in-depth hands-on workshop in which teachers study colonial American life through primary sources and the rich resources of the Historic Area.
In “As Above, So Below,” Oct. 21-22, participants will learn how Colonial Williamsburg combines existing architecture, archaeology, and primary sources to recreate the past in the Historic Area. The final workshop this fall is “Purposeful Play,” an interactive exploration of 18th- and 19th-century children’s games using classroom strategies.
Once through fall, the Foundation’s professional development staff turn their attention to spring and summer 2018, with an expanded summer institute and seminars.We invite you to register for the Education Resource Library. You’ll find age-appropriate, cross-curricular materials that simplify planning and classroom instruction, including primary courses, lesson plans, videos, and interactive learning games. This searchable online resource is accessible anytime, anywhere.
For those of you familiar with the long-standing Teacher Gazette e-newsletter, we are archiving those editions in the Education Resource Library for easy access and reference. You will need to register for a Making History blog account (there’s a sign-up box on the right-hand side of this page), as we cannot transfer registrations to the new format.
We look forward to working with you this year, and hope you will contact us with questions about our programs.
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
P.O. Box 1776
Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776