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.

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!

Transatlantic Outreach Program

The Goethe Institut has posted the application for the two week study abroad tour to Germany for Summer 2011.  The study tours are two weeks in length, with most expenses paid.  (You’re responsible for spending money and one meal a day.)  I participated in this tour this past summer, and it was a fantastic trip.  The Goethe Institut takes great care of you.  The application is not long, and is due by February.  Notifications are sent out by April 1st.  If you have any questions please ask!  It was a great study tour, and I hope to go again in 4 years when I’m eligible.

Fulbright Hays Seminars Abroad

I know it’s a little too early to think about next summer, but the Fulbright Hays Seminars Abroad applications are up for summer 2011.  These are fully funded travel abroad opportunities for K-12 teachers.  This year the elementary seminar options are Argentina, India, and Turkey & Greece.  (The Turkey and Greece seminar will probably be six weeks, since it covers two countries.)  The secondary seminar options are China, Mexico, and Thailand & Vietnam.  (Again, most likely a 6 week program.)

The seminar description and application information are available online.  Eligibility information, seminar descriptions, and the link to the online applicaton are available there.  Applications are due by 4:30pm on October 6th, 2010.  Applications are rather lengthy (4 essays) but the program is worth it.  I traveled to Poland on a Fulbright grant in 2009, so if you have any questions about the program and what it entails, please email me.

School’s Out!

We finally made it to the last day of the school year!  Now everyone gets a well deserved break. 

Lisa is traveling to Germany on a study tour for two weeks this summer.  She hopes to be able to blog regularly while she’s gone, so if you’re interested you can check out her blog at  (She tends to be rather long winded though.) 

We hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing summer, and we’ll see you next year!

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 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.

NCSS Workshops

The National Council for Social Studies has organized several workshops this summer.  They’ll take place in a few different cities, with the closest ones to us taking place in Washington, D.C.  For more information and instructions on how 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!