The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) will host its Seventh Annual Teacher Institute from July 25-27, 2008 in Hagerstown, MD. SPACE IS STILL AVAILABLE! This 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.
Workshops this year include:
*Civil War Lost and Found: An Antietam Soldier’s Diary
*Civil War Service Records as Primary Source
*Organizing a Youth Re-enactment Program
*Teaching the Civil War with Technology
*Creating a Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration Event
*Economic Issues in the Civil War
*Lincoln Assassination Murder Mystery
*Women in the Civil War
*Teaching the Civil War to Elementary Students
*Creating a Student Living History Museum
The Saturday Field Trip choices are:
*Antietam – Includes two NPS Education programs (Battlefield in a Box, & Angels of the Battlefield, battlefield tour, living history
*Harpers Ferry – Includes three NPS Education programs (covering John Brown, the Civil War in Harpers Ferry, and the African American Experience), battlefield tour
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. Dr. James I. “Bud” Robertson, Director of the Center, will be a keynote speaker at the institute and will be joined by William C. Davis, Director of Programs for the Center. Through our partnership with Virginia Tech, CWPT is able to offer Continuing Education Unit credits to participating educators. Mr. Hari Jones of the African-American Civil War Museum and Garry Adelman of the Center for Civil War Photography will join Dr. Robertson during the Saturday evening panel discussion.
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.
The hotel will be the Sheraton Four Points, Hagerstown. Call (301)790.3010 to make your reservations. Rooms are $75 per night. Teachers must mention "CWPT Teacher Institute" to get this rate. Parking is free.
There is a $50 registration deposit that is refunded after completion of the program.
For more information, contact the Civil War Preservation Trust at (800) 298.7878 and ask for Kelly Zifka or Nicole Osier. Registration forms and details on the CWPT Teacher Institute can also be found on the web at www.civilwar.org/historyctandclassrm.htm or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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