MacArthur Memorial Workshop

The MacArthur Memorial and the Virginia War Memorial are offering two workshops this month focusing on MacArthur and WWII.  These workshops are aligned to VA SOL’s, have no registration fee, include lunch, and are eligible for recertification points.  The workshop on June 21st is in Richmond at the Virginia War Memorial, and on June 30th at the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk.  The workshop in Norfolk will also include a behind the scenes tour of the Memorial and archives.  Both workshops are from 10am to 3pm.  Registration should be submitted by June 14th.  Check out a flyer MacArthur Teacher Institute 2011 or sign up for the workshops at http://www.vawarmemorial.org/schools/teacher-institutes/.  I’ve talked with the people at the Memorial and they are very helpful and I’m sure this will be a fantastic and beneficial workshop.

Toyota International Teacher Program

The Institute of International Education and the Toyota International Teacher Program have announced a new seminar for 7-12th grade teachers in all subjects, as well as librarians, to South Africa. 

The seminar will take place from July 24-August 10, 2011.  It is a fully funded program.  Program information and the application are available online.  Applications are due by January 23, 2011.

Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute

Scholarship information for the 2011 Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute is now available.  The Teacher Institute is a fantastic week long seminar taking place in Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown.  Housing and meals are provided through the scholarship, as well as a small stipend for the purchase of classroom materials.  You will also receive lesson plans, CD’s, books, and other materials during the seminar for use in your classroom.  I participated in this seminar a few years ago, if you have any questions please email me!

2011 Gilder Lehrman and NEH Summer Seminars

The lists for 2011 summer seminars and workshops through the Gilder Lehrman and National Endowment for the Humanities have been posted.  Each organization offers multiple workshops that vary in length.  These workshops are not fully funded, but offer stipends to offset travel costs.

Gilder Lehrman offers week long workships at various universities throughout the United States and the UK.  Applications and a seminar list can be found online and must be submitted by February 1, 2011.  Gilder Lehrman covers the beginnings of American history through the present.

NEH offers a couple of different summer options.  Their summer seminars are 2-6 weeks in length and cover a wide variety of topics.  Teachers in grades K-12 are eligible.  You can find the list of available seminars as well as application instructions here

NEH also offers week long Landmarks of American History and Culture workshops.  Again they cover a variety of topics.  The list of seminars and application information is available here.

NEH applications for both the seminars and Landmarks workshops must be postmarked by March 1, 2011.  Good luck!

Resources and summer workshops

NBC has launched a website chronicling 60 years of the Civil Rights Movement.  “Launching the Dream” is a free video series available for teachers, students, and parents.  The site currently has over 100 videos, grouped into ten thematic units, with plans to add additional video content.  This is a great resource to allow students to hear from those who were personally involved in the Civil Rights Movement.

There is also a summer workshop about the Civil Rights Movement, through the VA Historical Society.  Textbooks and reading materials are free, and meals and lodging will be provided for out to town participants.  Each participant will also receive a $250 stipend upon completion of the workshop.  Visit http://www.vahistorical.org/education/application2010.htm to apply. 

And finally, the Civil War Preservation Trust will have a teacher institute in July.  The workshop is free, and includes meals, although a $100 refundable deposit is required to hold your space.  The workshop will take place in Hagerstown, Maryland, and includes a day long tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield.  Visit the CWPT website for more information and to apply.

USI and USII ODU Econ Center Workshop

These guys have great workshop.  There is a list of sample lesson plans, although I only included the ones relevant to USI.   There were many more designed for USII.  Registration information is at the bottom of the post. 

OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR ECONOMIC EDUCATION

People’s choices have consequences that lie in the future.  Can teaching about US History using economic theory help our students to make better choices in their futures?  In the country’s future?  Absolutely!

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

Saturday, April 10, 2010  9:00am – Noon

Virginia Beach Higher Education Center

Mysteries abound in U.S. history.  Students, acting like detectives, solve these mysteries by searching for clues and sifting through evidence in an effort to gain new insights into familiar subjects.  Using the interactive lessons from Focus: Understanding Economics in US History, students use economic reasoning to engage and learn.  These 39 lessons use a unique mystery-solving approach to teach U.S. economic history to your high school students. The activity-based lessons will give you a new, refreshing way to meet your U.S. History content goals, and infuse eye-opening economics material at the same time.  Lessons are correlated to the Virginia Standards of Learning. Each participant will receive the curriculum guide with 39 lessons, a $60.00 value, FREE.   Worth three recertification/professional development hours.  Registration information at the bottom of this email.  

 A sampling of some of the 39 lessons in the curriculum.

Lesson 5: Indentured Servitude: Why Sell Yourself into Bondage?

Lesson 6: Specialization and Trade in the Thirteen Colonies

Lesson 7: The Costs and Benefits of American Independence

Lesson 8: Problems Under the Articles of Confederation

Lesson 9: The US Constitution: Rules of the Game

Lesson 11: How Did Cotton Become King? The Economics of Cotton and Everything Else.

Lesson 12: Francis Cabot Lowell and the New England Textile Industry

Lesson 16: Andrew Jackson and the Second Bank of the United States

Lesson 17: Free the Enslaved and Avoid the War

Lesson 18: Why Did the South Secede?

REGISTER ONLINE at the Virginia Council on Economic Education’s workshop page http://www.vcee.org/workshop/home 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 at rcookson@odu.edu.

 

ODU Econ Workshops

A couple of workshops through ODU…

Old Dominion University Center for Economic Education

 NEW REGISTRATION PROCEDURE:  REGISTER ONLINE at the Virginia Council on Economic Education’s workshop page http://www.vcee.org/workshop/home 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.

 Recession Economics: Basic Lessons for Helping to Understand the Current Crisis

Wed., March 24, 2010 4:30 – 6:30pm 

Virginia Beach Higher Education Center

Should we worry about inflation? What should the role of government be?  How does fiscal policy work?  This session will demonstrate basic lessons to help your students better understand current economic events.  Lessons will focus on Civics and Govt. topics such as monetary and fiscal policy, the role of the Federal Reserve and unemployment, and inflation.  Each participant will receive classroom materials and lesson plans.  For Teachers Grades 6-12. Free.  Refreshments provided.

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

Saturday, April 10, 2010  9:00am – Noon

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.  Coffee and danish provided.  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

6th Grade Content Review Workshop

The 6th grade content review workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 23rd, at 4:15pm.  It will be in the library at John Tyler Elementary.  I need an RSVP from everyone attending by Friday, March 19th.  There are some materials I need to purchase this weekend, and I need a head count.  I will only have materials for those who RSVP.  Send your RSVP to mary.jones@pps.k12.va.us.

Fall seminar on Galapagos

The Institute of International Education and the Toyota International Teacher Program are offering a fully funded seminar to the Galapagos Islands for 2010.  Full time classroom teachers of all subjects and librarians for grades 6-12 are eligible to apply. 

The seminar will take place from November 20th thru December 4th, so you’ll have to have permission from your principal.  However, the program does award your school $500 to help offset the cost of your absence. 

Applications are due May 26th.  For more information and to apply, visit http://www.toyota4education.com/pmwiki.php?n=Main.WelcomeToTheToyotaInternationalTeacherProgramWiki?from=Main.HomePage.