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The Story of Virginia

Professional Development

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture currently offers two teachers institutes along with teacher workshops.

Weinstein Properties Story of Virginia Teachers Institute

Exceptionally well-planned, executed institute that provides a history teacher with superb tools, regardless of the subject he/she teaches. My enhanced knowledge of archaeology, anthropology, ethnology, and linguistics will definitely benefit me in my World History classroom.
Milondra Coleman, teacher

The Weinstein Properties Story of Virginia Teachers Institute is a week-long program that is offered twice each summer at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. Open to all Virginia public and private school K-12 educators, this institute provides teachers with an overview of the rich history of Virginia from the earliest habitation to the present. Participating teachers will explore the vast collections of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture and learn how to teach their students to analyze primary sources and use historical thinking skills.

Summer 2018

In conjunction with Longwood University, the Virginia Museum of History & Culture announces its Weinstein Properties Story of Virginia Teachers Institutes for 2018.

Earn re-certification points while exploring the history of Virginia, project-based learning, and teaching with primary sources! Choose between two sessions: July 9-13 or July 23-27.

The institute will be held at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture with a day-long field trip to the Robert Russa Moton Museum in Farmville, Virginia. Throughout the week teachers will examine stories from Virginia's past through primary sources. Experts from the Virginia Museum of History & Culture and Longwood University will provide examples for project-based learning, performance-based assessments, and tips and techniques for engaging students in grades K-12.

The cost is $50, which will be refunded upon completion of the class. In addition, we require a letter of recommendation from your supervisor. Lunches and materials are provided free of charge, and participating teachers will be eligible for CEUs and recertification points.

Register online today!

Session 1: July 9-July 13

Session 2: July 23-July 27

For more information, contact Michael Plumb at 804.342.9642 or mplumb@VirginiaHistory.org.



Primarily Virginia: MeadWestvaco Online Teachers Institute

Primarily Virginia is an online course designed for teachers to explore Virginia’s past by examining objects and primary sources. These pieces of the past will be used as a lens to examine different historical eras in Virginia history. All course work is to be completed through the course website, and there are no required in-person class meetings.

The course is offered three times a year and is free of charge to Virginia teachers, thanks to the generous support of the MeadWestvaco Corporation and the MeadWestvaco Foundation.

Summer 2018

This summer Primarily Virginia will use stories from Virginia's past that relate to Triumph & Tragedy, the 2019 National History Day theme. During six week-long modules, K-12 teachers will learn Virginia's history and also craft performance-based materials suitable for their classroom based on materials from the VMHC, all while receiving up to 45 re-certification points. Participating teachers will also receive a membership to the Virginia Historical Society.

Primarily Virginia is limited to 30 students and will launch on July 9, 2018. Please register by July 6, 2018.

Use the link below to register online today!

Primarily Virginia: Summer 2018

For additional information, please contact Hailey House, 804.342.9689, hhouse@VirginiaHistory.org.



Teacher Workshops using primary resources

These programs are designed to strengthen the analytical abilities of middle and high school teachers. Teachers will learn historical thinking skills—sourcing, contextualization, corroboration, and close reading—by using letters, diaries, documents, photographs, and maps from the society’s collections. These workshops can be conducted at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture or in your school and are perfect for in-service teacher training.

For more information, contact Michael Plumb at 804.342.9642 or mplumb@VirginiaHistory.org.

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