Summer Institutes

I’ve got a lot of information coming out about summer institutes for 2010!  There are a lot of good seminars, I would definitely encourage you to apply. 

The application for the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute has been posted.  Visit for more information.  They have one week during the summer where they offer scholarships for teachers to attend.  The link will take you to the scholarship info page.  This is a wonderful institute, I would highly recommend it.  I attended two years ago, and I’m still getting great information and ideas from Williamsburg. 

The Goethe Institute will also hold their two week study tours to Germany next summer.  Social Studies teachers in grades 1-12 are eligible to apply.  The application is due in February, and can be found at

And finally, the Institute of International Education and the Toyota International Teacher Program will have a two week seminar in Costa Rica in 2010.  Information and the application can be found at  The Institute of International Education was one of the partners for the trip to South Korea that I attended in 2008.  I would also highly recommend them. 

Please take a minute to glance over the information, they are great opportunities and if you decide to apply good luck!

Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program

Information for summer institutes is starting to come out!  Here’s a program that involves a two week stay that allows you to learn about the education system and culture of another country.  There is a long list of countries to choose from.  It’s geared for secondary teachers, so only those in grades 6 and up are eligible to apply.  (6th grade teachers, Ghana is one of the countries on the list!)  The application is due December 1st, and involves a few essays, so don’t wait until the last minute.   Here’s the flyer.  TEA Flyer

The link will take you to the program overview, the applications tab is at the top.  Make sure you’re looking at the US Teacher Application, not the International Application.

It sounds like an excellent program, and it is fully funded.  I’ve looked into it quite a bit myself and hope that some of you will take the time to apply.  If you have questions, email the DC office, they were very quick with a reply to my question yesterday.  Good luck!

Items of interest

Just a few things that may be interesting…there are several announcements, take a second to scroll through them all.

1.  Old Dominion University Center for Economic Education

 NEW REGISTRATION PROCEDURE:  REGISTER ONLINE at the Virginia Council on Economic Education’s workshop page and search by SPONSORING CENTER (ODU) for more information and to register for the workshops.  *If you do not immediately receive a confirmation email then your registration did not go through. Try again, or email Ruth Cookson ASAP.

 Focus: Understanding Economics in US History: Grades 6-12

Thursday, October 29, 2009 4:30pm – 7:30pm

Virginia Beach Higher Education Center

        Help your students to not just understand “what happened” but “why it happened” using active- learning lessons from the Council on Economic Education.  These 39 lessons, ranging from early Native Americans property rights to the economic problems faced in the 1970’s, use a unique mystery-solving approach to teach U.S. History to your high school and middle school students. Lessons are correlated to the Virginia Standards of Learning. Each participant will receive the curriculum guide Focus: Understanding Economics in US History – a $50.00 value – FREE.  Registration is limited to 25 teachers. This program made possible with support from the CEE with funding from the U.S. Dept of Education Office on Innovation and Improvement and the Virginia Bankers Association Education Foundation.  USI.1, USI.5, USI.6, USI.7, USI.8, USII.1, USII. 4, USII.6, USII.9, VUS.1, VUS.2, VUS.3, VUS.6, VUS.8, VUS.9, VUS.10, VUS.15

 Economic Skills You Can’t Live Without! Decision-Making & Cost-Benefit Analysis: Grades 6-12 

Monday, December 7, 2009   4:30pm – 6:30pm

Virginia Beach Higher Education Center

        Teachers will leave this session understanding how economics really is a “life skill” rather than a dismal science! Kudos to the Virginia Board of Education for adding these essential skills to the revised 2008 History & Social Science SOL and the draft of the new Economics and Personal Finance course. This workshop will prepare teachers for these new skills by demonstrating various decision-making models as they apply to everyday life. Then teachers will practice those skills by applying them to specific SOLs using decision grids, cost/benefit analysis, and the economic way of thinking.  Teachers will receive all lessons.

 What Every Student Should Experience: Stock Market Game™ Grade Levels: 4-12

Coming in January 2010     FULL DAY WORKSHOP!
New and veteran SMG teachers are invited to attend this day-long workshop.  Ask questions from an investing expert from the business world who will share the technical and practical information you will need to play this game in your classroom. Correlated to the SOL in math, business/marketing, social studies, and technology, it has been proven time and time again that teachers can in fact fit the game into their already-packed teaching schedules. Teachers will have an opportunity to practice navigating the SMG website and will gain access to a wealth of online curriculum materials designed to make playing the game almost effortless. Contact Ruth Cookson  if interested.

 Free  Online Stock Market Game workshops from the Virginia Council on Economic Education!!

Learn how to play the SMG from the comfort of your own home or classroom computer!   These free webinars only take an hour and will give you a good start on how the game is played and how to incorporate the SMG into your existing curriculum.    All you need is internet access and a separate phone line to participate.  It’s fun, free, easy, and convenient!    Go to   to register.

 Introduction to the Stock Market Game Program

Thu,  Jan 14, 2010 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM repeating 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM 

 Tour the Stock Market Game Teacher Support Center

Thu,  Jan 21, 2010 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM  repeating 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM  

 Tour the Stock Market Game Team Portfolio 

Thu,  Jan 28, 2010 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM  repeating  7:00 PM – 8:00 PM  

2.   Copy of the Declaration of Independence coming to VA Beach!  For more info, check out

3.  Supreme Court Summer Institute

Street Law, Inc. and the Supreme Court Historical Society will sponsor the annual Supreme Court Summer Institute, June 17-22, 2010. The institute is open to secondary level social studies teachers & supervisors, who will spend five stimulating days on Capitol Hill and inside the Supreme Court learning about the Court, its past and current cases, and how to teach about them from top Supreme Court litigators & educators. We will also be in the Court to hear the Justices announce the final decisions of the term and attend a private reception at the Court.  Interested educators can apply online (under the “Registration Info” tab), at and the application deadline is March 15, 2010.

4.  From the Gilder Lehrman Institute, an on-line exhibit about John Brown.

150 years ago, on October 16, 1859, John Brown and a band of followers, black and white, attacked the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. The raid was part of a larger plan to destroy the slave system by freeing and arming slaves, and it was one of the sparks that ignited the Civil War.

To see highlights from John Brown: The Abolitionist and His Legacy, an exhibition of documents and artifacts from the Gilder Lehrman Collection on display at the New-York Historical Society from September 15, 2009 to March 25, 2010, click here:

2nd and 3rd grade giveaway

Sarah has 4 maps to give away to 4 second and third grade teachers in Portsmouth.  She has a laminated poster size map of the US, a laminated poster size map of the world, and two desk top maps with the world on one side and the US on the other.  Leave us a comment, and you can choose one of the maps.