On July 7-11, 2008, the Virginia Historical Society will hold the 2008 E. Claiborne Robins, Jr., Teachers Institute, Before Jamestown. Named in honor of a former president of the VHS, this program will help history and social studies educators with the teaching of ancient history of the Americas and, in particular, prehistoric Virginia. Leading archaeologists, anthropologists, ethnologist, and linguists will examine the Native American culture with daily lectures, discussions, field trips, and readings.
With the assistance of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, this program will immerse a group of selected teachers in an intensive one-week study of Native American culture before the contact with European powers. The institute will take a multi-disciplinary approach by exploring Native American societies through the expertise of leading historians, archaeologists, linguists, ethnologists, and anthropologists.
The Teachers Institute is open to all Virginia public and private elementary and secondary school teachers, but is targeted for teachers of Virginia Studies, USI, and VA/US History. Participants are selected by members of the Society’s teacher advisory board.
All applications must contain: a completed application form, a résumé, a personal statement, and one letter of recommendation. Application materials must be received by May 15, 2008.
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