STAUNTON, VIRGINIA--The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum today announced that it will host a one-day fall workshop for 25 Virginia history teachers on Tuesday, October 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The workshop continues the third year 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, Augusta County Schools, Amherst County Schools, Fredericksburg City Schools and Winchester Public Schools. Teachers from Staunton City, Rockingham County, and Rockbridge County will also be participating.
The workshop prepares participants for a week-long summer institute, to be held in June, 2011, in a professional development curriculum entitled “Critical Connections in American History.” After the institute, the teachers will continue the program with visits to the American Museum of Science and Energy and the Oakridge National Laboratory in Oakridge, Tennessee. The curriculum is designed to improve the teachers’ knowledge and appreciation of American history by focusing on critical connections in America’s past. During the third year of the program, which focuses on the 20th century, the teachers will examine four topics: Woodrow Wilson and American interventionist foreign policy, the Depression and World War II in American memory, the Cold War, and the United States and globalization.
Through the participating teachers, the Teaching American History grant will enhance the history education of thousands of students. The project is designed to strengthen teachers’ understanding of American history and national development, provide knowledge of primary documents and material artifacts, demonstrate the use of advanced technology and, ultimately, improve students’ performance on standardized tests in American history.
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.