STAUNTON, VIRGINIA—The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum will, in partnership with the Virginia War Memorial, host a teacher institute, “Hands-On on the Home Front,” on Wednesday, July 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The institutes, aligned with Virginia History and Social Science Standards of Learning, are targeted to Virginia and U.S. History middle school and high school teachers in Virginia. This year’s guest speaker will be Dr. Sam Schaffer, Assistant Dean of Faculty at Washington D.C.’s St. Albans School.
This summer will be the eleventh year presenting the See Freedom Speak Teacher Institutes. For 2016, the Institute has put together an outstanding lineup of interesting topics, locations and well qualified guest speakers – including combat veterans from World War II and the Global War on Terrorism who will relate their first hand experiences. Also included will be university scholar lecturers and historians, book author presentations, and tours of hosting venues. The goal is to give teachers the additional knowledge and resources to make history come alive in their classrooms. We encourage middle school and high school teachers from across Commonwealth to attend and register early as space is limited.
The institutes are eight one-day professional development opportunities offered free of charge to public and private school teachers. Institutes will be held at the Virginia War Memorial and other partner locations throughout the Commonwealth (see below). Each program begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. and includes a complimentary lunch. All eight of the programs are aligned with the Virginia History and Social Science Standards (SOLs) and are eligible for teacher relicensure points. Remember, there is no registration fee, and teachers may register to attend one or more of the programs.