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.

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Wilson was president throughout World War I. He attempted to keep America out of the war and even won reelection with the slogan "He kept us out of war." Nonetheless, after the sinking of the Lusitania, continued run-ins with German submarines, and the release of the Zimmerman Telegram, America became involved. with the Lusitania, the continued harassment of American ships by German submarines, and the release of the Zimmerman Telegram meant that America joined the allies in April, 1917.

Woodrow Wilson was President when the 19th amendment was ratified in 1920 giving women the right to vote.

Wilson piloted the ship that brought America onto the world stage. He made the first steps of leading us out of isolationism, violating Washington's tenet of avoiding foreign entanglements.

He led America during World War I. His fervent hope was for the US to join a League of Nations, the precursor to the United Nations.

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "Life does not consist in thinking, it consists in acting."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "The Constitution was not made to fit us like a straitjacket. In its elasticity lies its chief greatness."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "I believe in democracy because it releases the energies of every human being."

The Seventeenth Amendment was formally adopted on May 31, 1913. Wilson had been president for almost three months at the time. The amendment provided for the direct election of senators. Prior to its adoption, Senators were chosen by state legislatures.

Wilson was the first president to receive a PhD which he got in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University. He had received his undergraduate degree from the College of New Jersey, renamed Princeton University in 1896.

Woodrow Wilson could not read during the first decade of his life. Though undiagnosed, he may have suffered from a learning disability

Woodrow Wilson was known as "Tommy" until his college years.

Woodrow Wilson during his boyhood, helped establish the "Lightfoot Baseball Club" with his friends. Wilson played second base and was an avid sport fan throughout his adult life.

Woodrow Wilson was the first president to attend the Major League Baseball Fall Classic. He saw the debut of a young 20 year old pitcher by the name of George Herman "Babe" Ruth.

Woodrow Wilson was a graduate of Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University and the only president to hold an earned doctoral degree.

Woodrow Wilson image is on the $100,000 bill although it is no longer in circulation