Professional Development on the American Civil War 
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July 14-17, 2011
Nashville, Tennessee

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The Civil War Trust Teacher Institute is a four-day professional development for K12 educators focused exclusively on the American Civil War.  Join us in Nashville, Tennessee as we celebrate the Institute's 10th anniversary. 


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Presenter Materials  

Download the 2011 Teacher Institute Program with the presenter materials for use in your classroom. Thank you to Tennessee National Civil War Heritage Area for making this possible.TCWNHR
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Enjoy the photos taken during the Institute and share your own on Flickr.

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2011 Teacher Institute Brings New Options

Following the Institute each year participants are asked to complete an evaluation, letting the Civil War Trust know what worked well and how we can improve. During the past nine years participants have asked for more battlefield tours and an increase in technology workshops. 

In order to address the collective feedback and stay within our limited budget, we have restructured both the length and cost of the program. The 2011 Teacher Institute will consist of a two-day program bookended by optional events. The Teacher Institute will be free to educators while the optional programs entail nominal fees only to offset the Civil War Trust’s additional costs. Civil War Trust membership is required to attend the Teacher Institute.

Pre-conference workshop

Description: A five-hour workshop focused on teaching the Civil War with technology. The pre-conference workshop will feature presentations from technology experts working in the field of history as well as a general meeting space for teachers to work with the experts, using the presented programs. 

Date: July 14, 2011

Cost: $45*

Additional Requirements: To fully benefit from the workshop all participants are asked to bring laptops. Wi-fi will be provided in the meeting space as well as in sleeping rooms.

Teacher Institute

Description: A two-day program, similar to past Teacher Institutes. Day one will feature a group lunch with historian lecture, multiple workshops, a group dinner with a presentation, and exhibits. Day two will feature battlefield tours of Franklin and Stones River (Murfreesboro).

Date: July 15 & 16, 2011

Cost: As it has been for the past nine years, the Teacher Institute is provided free of charge for all K12 educators.

Additional Requirements:
All Teacher Institute attendees must be members of the Civil War Trust.
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A deposit of $100 is required upon registration.
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Optional Battlefield Tour

Educators taking advantage of this optional battlefield tour can choose either a tour of the Battle of Nashville (focusing on its military history) or a tour of Nashville's Civil War sites such as Belle Meade Plantation, Travellers Rest Plantation, and Fort Negley

Date: July 17, 2011

Cost: $45*

Schedule of Events

*Please note: If a meal is not listed in the schedule below, it is not included in the event.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Noon to 1pm

Pre-Conference Workshop Sign-In (for Pre-Conference attendees only)

1pm to 6pm

Pre-Conference Workshop
See workshop schedule in detail (PDF) »

Friday, July 15, 2011

9 am to 11 am

Teacher Institute Sign-In

11 am to 1:00 pm

Lunch with Featured Speaker,
Dr. Carroll Van West

1:15pm to 6pm

Book Vendors and Exhibits open
See workshop schedule in detail (PDF) » 

6pm to 8:15 pm

Dinner with Featured Speaker,
Robert Hicks

Saturday, July 16, 2011

7:30am to 5pm

Battlefield Tours - boxed lunch will be provided

6pm to 7pm

Cocktail reception with light refreshments

Sunday, July 17, 2011

8 am to 1pm

Optional Tour - Nashville

See Detailed Schedule (PDF) »

Battlefield Tours

You have the choice of one of two tours, both sites feature amazing Civil War and preservation histories.

Tour the Battle of Franklin with Historian, Eric Jacobson
Learn More about Franklin »

Tour the Battle of Stones River with the National Park Service
Learn More about Stones River » 

Location & Hotel Accommodations

The Teacher Institute will be held at the Nashville Airport Marriott, Nashville, Tennessee.

Nashville Airport Marriott » 


The Scholarship application period has come to an end and the winners have been notified.  Thank you to all who have applied. 

Thank you to our generous donors who supported this year's scholarship winners.  Scholarship donors »

2011 Book List

Recommended Books for the 2011 Teacher Institute »

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