The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum today announced it will host a one-week institute for Virginia history teachers from Monday, June 21, until Friday, June 25. The summer seminar is the second of three annual week-long sessions in a professional development curriculum entitled “Critical Connections in American History.” Dr. Lawrence Goodheart, Professor of History at the University of Connecticut, and Dr. Edward T. O’Donnell, Associate Professor of History at the College of the Holy Cross, will speak at the Institute. Teachers from Waynesboro, Staunton, Winchester, and Fredericksburg City schools and Augusta, Rockbridge, Rockingham, and Amherst County schools are participating.
On Monday, the teachers will arrive, tour the new World War I exhibit at the Presidential Library and Museum, and begin their week-long program of presentations, discussions, and workshops. Besides presentations by Dr. Goodheart and Dr. O’Donnell, there will be presentations by Sandra Trenholm, Director of Collections at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York; Teresa DeFlitch, Project Manager for the National History Education Clearinghouse at George Mason University; and local historian Lucinda Cooke. Teachers will attend workshops about research techniques, teaching with primary sources, writing lesson plans, and using technology to meet Virginia’s Standards of Learning (SOL’s). On Friday, the participants will give presentations on projects they prepared together throughout the week on topics related to the teaching of history.
The program is designed to improve the teachers’ knowledge and appreciation of American history by focusing on critical connections in America’s past. During this second year, the teachers are examining international issues and trends that shaped 19th-century American history and the development of the United States as a world power. The workshop is part of a three-year program of history education seminars for high school teachers from Waynesboro Public Schools and seven other Virginia school districts. The program is made possible by a Teaching American History grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Waynesboro Public Schools received the grant in partnership with the Presidential Library, Amherst County Schools, Fredericksburg City Schools and Winchester Public Schools.
In late July, the teachers will continue the program through a historic site visit to Gettysburg, where they will study the international implications of the American Civil War. They will then return to the Presidential Library for one-day sessions this fall and next spring, and participate in a final summer institute and site visit in the summer of 2012.
Those interested in more information about this program should contact Dr. Joel Hodson, Director of Education at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, at (540) 885-0897, extension 103, or firstname.lastname@example.org.