2006 Teacher Institute
Dr. Edward A. Scott, Interim Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Mary Baldwin College, delivered the keynote address of the 2006 Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Teachers’ Institute, which was held on July 25-27 at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton. Twenty-six history and social study teachers from throughout the Commonwealth participated in the Institute, the theme of which was “History and the Web: Virginia and the Jim Crow South.”
The three-day conference assisted teachers in meeting Virginia Standards of Learning requirements. Teachers heard panel discussions on Jim Crow-related topics and received instruction on methods of teaching using technology, particularly Internet resources.
The Institute was sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the Bank of America Foundation and was being held in conjunction with Mary Baldwin College and the Virginia Center for Digital History.
Dr. Scott, the first African-American professor at Mary Baldwin College, has taught philosophy at Mary Baldwin since 1990. In addition to teaching, he is pastor of Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Staunton and a member of the Staunton City School Board.
Other speakers at the Institute included Dr. Theodore DeLaney of Washington & Lee University, Dr. Dorothy Akubue-Brice of Lynchburg College, and Dr. Scot French of the Virginia Center for Digital History. Dr. Amy Tillerson of Mary Baldwin College and Dr. Elizabeth Castle, professor at the University of California-Berkeley and a former policy associate for President Clinton’s Initiative on Race, participated in a panel discussion centered on the experiences of those who lived Jim Crow and the significance of oral history. The panel was organized and moderated by Staunton City Councilwoman Rita Wilson.
In addition to the lectures and panel discussions, teachers participated in hands-on workshops in the afternoons, led by Andy Mink of the Virginia Center for Digital History and Heidi Hackford of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library. Teachers also visited Staunton’s Booker T. Washington Community Center, formerly Booker T. Washington High School, and the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library.