The Virginia Historical Society has many exciting options for teachers. Throughout the year, the education staff offers programming for teachers to expand their knowledge of Virginia history. These unique learning opportunities are available teachers of all grade levels.
In addition to programming for teachers, the society also offers an array of programming targeted toward homeschool students and their families.
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
This summer institute provides teachers with an overview of the rich history of Virginia from the earliest habitation to the present. In addition, participating teachers will explore the vast collections of the VHS and learn how to teach their students to analyze primary sources and use historical thinking skills. The classes are aligned with the revised curriculum framework for Virginia Studies.
The E. Claiborne Robins, Jr. Teachers Institute examines Virginia’s history through the collections of the Virginia Historical Society. The program is designed to introduce teachers to the rich collections of the VHS and demonstrate how those materials can be used in the classroom.
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.
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 VHS or in your school and are perfect for in-service teacher training.
William B. Obrochta, Manager of Educational Services
Do you have a question about the educational resources we offer at the Virginia Historical Society. You may contact me at 804.342.9651 or email@example.com. I look forward to speaking with you.