Spring and summer seminars and fall conferences

I’ve got information on a couple of seminars coming up, as well as a Civil War conference in the fall.

First, in April, there will be a 3 day residential seminar at Mt. Vernon.  It is a completely funded program, and will take place from April 9th thru the 11th.  (Please note that April 9th is the Friday of Spring Break.)  Participants will be housed on the estate.  I’ve included the announcement, application, and schedule.  For all other questions concerning the seminar, contact education@mountvernon.org. 


Mt. Vernon Seminar Application

Mt. Vernon weekend schedule

This year’s Presidential Academy will be held from July 11-29 in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Gettysburg.  The application for this seminar is due March 15th.  We had a teacher who attended this a few years ago who had a wonderful experience, learned a lot, and brought back many many materials.  To apply, visit http://presidentialacademy.org/.

And finally there will be a one day conference on the Civil War in September, at Norfolk State University.  This is a free conference and registration is open to the public, although seating is limited.  The conference is entitled “Race, Slavery, and the Civil War:  The Tough Stuff of American History and memory.”  It will take place on September 24th, 2010, which is a Friday.  You can find a list of topics that will be covered, as well as the historians who will take part in the conference at  http://www.virginiacivilwar.org/2010conference.php.  Registration information is also available on their homepage.   

We encourage you to apply for these opportunities!  They often give away lots of materials, and you walk away with new information to add to your lessons.  Good luck!

VCSS Conference

Thanks to everyone who came out to our session at the VCSS Conference on Friday.  Sarah and I enjoyed presenting to you, and we hope that you got something useful out of it!  You guys were a great group. 

I’m sorry I had to rush at the end when I was discussing the blog.  (We didn’t want to keep you over our time.)  So a few things I’d like to mention~

  • In addition to the games, foldables and powerpoints, you’ll find unit reviews, vocabulary cards, note taking pages, and graphic organizers.  But again, Sarah and I do things a little differently, so please don’t expect the exact same thing for every SOL. 
  • All of the information in the activities came straight from the curriculum guide.  While additional material may be taught during class about an SOL, we only included the tested information in the activities. 
  • Feel free to leave comments or e-mail us if you have a question.  I just want you to know that the person you e-mail or leave a comment for may not be who replies to you.  For example, I deal mostly with the USII and USI information, so if you send me an e-mail asking about Civics, you’ll probably get a reply from Sarah.  We split subjects to make it easier on ourselves. 

Thanks again for attending our presentation!  Have a great year!