Summer Opportunities

The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia has two summer workshops this year.  The first is for teachers in grades 7-12.  It’s titled “Changing the Constitution:  Politics and Law in American Constitutional Development” and will take place from June 28-July 2.  The second workshop, “America’s Constitution and the World” is for teachers in grades K-12.  It will take place from July 26-30.  Each workshop has a stipend to help cover travel costs.  To apply visit  Applications are due by March 2, 2010. 

Fulbright will have a study abroad seminar to Japan this summer.  It is a fully funded program, and up to 48 teachers will be selected to participate.  For more information and to apply, visit  It’s open to teachers in grades K-12.  The application deadline is January 27, 2010.

Lead Teacher and K-2 Workshop

Our January lead teacher meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 19th, at 4:15pm in Conference Room 1 at IRC.

On Wednesday, January 20th, there will be a K-2 Economics workshop with Ruth Cookson.  It will take place in the Little Theater at Wilson High School at 4:15pm.  Please RSVP to Mary West at 393-8555 or  Ruth always has great workshops with lots of materials and great ideas.

Photo Slideshows

I uploaded two powerpoints to my Slideshare account.  (  One contains photos of Williamsburg and Jamestown, the other one contains photos of Yorktown.  I took these pictures during the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute a couple of years ago.  I know it’s not timed very appropriately, but you can download the powerpoints and save them for review.  There is a brief descriptor in the notes section of the powerpoint for each photo, telling you what the photo shows. 

Since the files are large, I can’t email these out.  I’m also not going to embed them in the blog, since I don’t want to slow it down.  But you can download them to your desktop or a jump drive.  Hope they’re useful!

1-3 Website update

I found a great site a couple of months ago for 2nd grade resouces. We unfortunately couldn’t access it for awhile because it began to ask for a login. Susan at Westhaven today let me know that the site is up and running again, and requires no log in. In addition, they are working on adding resources for 1st and 3rd grades. There are some resources for those grades already posted, although both those sections are listed as “in progress.”

This was an excellent site with lessons and activities for all subjects. The address is  Please bookmark it (and maybe save/print the resources you’d like to use, just in case.)  So please check it out!

Welcome back!

Sarah and I would like to welcome everyone back and we hope you got a chance to relax over the break.

We’d also like to thank everyone who participated in our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways. All the prizes have been distributed. But check back, as we’ll have giveaways occasionally throughout the year. Thanks again to all the participants and we hope you enjoy your prizes!