The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) will host its Seventh Annual Teacher Institute from July 25-27, 2008 in Hagerstown, MD. This free weekend will feature “field trip” tours of Antietam and Harpers Ferry, focusing on techniques teachers can use to make a battlefield visit a central part of their Civil War curriculum.
Teachers will attend their choice of workshops on Friday and Sunday, covering a range of military and civilian topics. Past presenters of these workshops have included leading historians and educators, and topics have ranged from tactical military history to strategies for teaching the Civil War to struggling readers. These workshops are designed not only to impart specific information about the era but also a variety of pedagogical strategies to help teachers bring the Civil War to life in their classrooms.
Once again, Virginia Tech’s Center for Civil War Studies will be an active partner in the institute, and Dr. James I. “Bud” Robertson, director of the center, will be a keynote speaker at the institute. Through our partnership with Virginia Tech, CWPT is able to offer Continuing Education Unit credits to participating educators.
The CWPT Teacher Institute is provided at no direct cost to teachers, who have only to pay for their room and travel. CWPT anticipates being able to provide travel stipends for 10 or more teachers who would not otherwise have been able to attend due to geographic or funding constraints. Stipend applications will be made available to teachers in the near future.
For more information, contact John Blanton at (202) 367-1861 x223 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration forms and details on the CWPT Teacher Institute can also be found on the web at www.civilwar.org/historyctandclassrm.htm.
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