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  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.

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

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


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

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  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!

1st Semester Professional Development Calendar

Just a reminder that the first semester professional development calendar has been posted on the PPS website.  Visit to see all the workshops we have planned.  Don’t forget to RSVP to Mrs. Jones ( or Mrs. West ( if you plan on attending.

Travel Opportunity for High School Teachers

The Marshall Plan in Austria

From October 24-November 1, 2009, nine Austrian high school teachers and nine American high school teachers will convene in Salzburg, Austria for the opening sessions of a workshop entitled “A Visionary Partnership across Continents: George C. Marshall and the European Recovery Program in Austria.”  A product of collaboration between the George C. Marshall International Center in Leesburg, Virginia and the Austria Wirtschaftsservice (AWS) in Vienna, the workshop will give the teachers the opportunity to interact with recognized Austrian experts on the European Recovery Plan—the “Marshall Plan”—as they visit sites in Austria that were impacted by this critical mid-20th century program. High School level American/European history teachers, German teachers who cover the Marshall Plan era, and teachers of modern economics are encouraged to apply by September 21. All expenses, including airfare, meals, and lodging are covered.

While the principal objective of the workshop is to provide participants with an understanding of Marshall and the plan he conceived, which they can take back to their classrooms, the lectures and tours that are included are designed also to foster international cooperation and cultural exchange. 

The workshop will begin at the historic Schloss Leopoldskron Hotel in the Global Seminar Conference Center in Salzburg. Following presentations and films on Marshall’s life and a lecture by Dr. Reinhold Wagnleitner entitled “The Coca-Colonization and the Cold War: The Cultural Mission of the United States in Austria after the Second World War,” the group will travel by bus over three days to a series of “Marshall Plan sites,” places where the impact of the Marshall Plan can still be seen: the Loden-Steiner factory in Mandling, the large hydro-electric complex at Kaprun, and the Voest-Alpine Steel Plant at Linz. Lectures, visits to local museums, and discussions with Austrian citizens with memories of the late 40s have been arranged at each site.     

The workshop ends in Vienna with lectures on the Marshall Plan in the Soviet Sector by Dr. Barbara Stelzl-Marx, on Marshall Plan Counterpart Funds by Dr. Thomas Nowotny, and on the Marshall Plan negotiating process by a former ERP project coordinator, Dr. Hans Seidel.  A very special scheduled stop in Vienna will be a visit to the Austrian National Library Archives for a presentation by Dr. Hans Petschar on the Library’s extraordinary collection of Marshall Plan photographs.                     

The Idea for an Austrian Marshall Workshop

 Former Austrian Ambassador to the United States, Eva Nowotny, played a key role in forging the collaboration between the Austria Wirtschaftsservice (AWS) and the George C. Marshall International Center that led to the Austrian Marshall Workshop. She learned of the Center’s on-going summer Marshall Immersion Workshop, now in its seventh year, and proposed that the AWS develop a similar workshop for delivery in Austria.  Professor Guenter Bischof of the University of New Orleans, a preeminent expert on the Marshall Plan in Austria, suggested the Marshall Plan sites to be visited and provided introductions to those who will be lecturing. 

The Austrian Ministry of Education agreed to join with the AWS in providing financial support for the workshop.  In addition, the Ministry offered to recruit the Austrian teachers.  The American teachers, who will come from across the United States, will be selected by a committee of the George C. Marshall International Center.  Rachel Thompson and Alisa Soderquist, professional educators and members of the Center staff, have developed the itinerary, and will direct the overall implementation of the program.

For questions, please contact Rachel Thompson:; or Alisa Soderquist:

 Austria seminar application

 Apply by September 21!

TEACH Academy 2009 & JMU Content Academy

Technology is putting on some wonderful workshops this summer during their TEACH Academy.  There are several this year geared towards Social Studies.  (Sarah has already signed up for the Webquest session.) 

TEACH Academy Flyer

TEACH Academy Overview

Registration is online.  Visit to sign up. 

The James Madison University Content Academy will be held June 22-26.  For more information or to register, visit

Civil War Preservation Trust Teacher Institute

The CWPT will hold it’s 8th annual Teacher Institute from July 24-26, 2009.  The institute will be held in Spotsylvania County, VA.  The weekend features workshops, battlefield tours of Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg, speakers, and entertainment.  Stipends are available for travel.  For more information, including a tentative schedule, visit

We the People Seminars at Montpelier

July 7th thru July 10th, 2009 

The Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier will host the Virginia We the People Summer Seminar for twenty-five middle and high school teachers. The seminar will begin on Tuesday evening with lectures, discussions and group activities and conclude on Friday afternoon with a simulated congressional hearing.

Room and board will be provided at no cost to the teachers. Travel reimbursement is also available. Teachers will receive a full classroom set of We the People textbooks.

To complete an application, visit

Applications for their weekend seminars may be found at the same address.