Professional Development on the American Civil War  

July 12-15, 2012
Charleston, South Carolina 

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The Civil War Trust Teacher Institute is a four-day professional development for K-12 educators focused exclusively on the American Civil War.  Join us in Charleston, South Carolina as we explore the history of the Civil War and new methods for instruction. 


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The Four-Day National Teacher Institute

The National Teacher Institute allows educators multiple days to investigate the American Civil War and the latest instructional methods related to such a challenging topic.

The National Teacher Institute consists of a two-day program bookended by optional events. The Teacher Institute is 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 four hour workshop based on ideas you put forward. The pre-conference workshop will feature discussions on topics that participants submit prior to the workshop.  The discussions will in some cases be led by the participants while other discussions will be guided by historians with a background in a specific subject. Because teachers are the experts this will provide a space for them to come together to discuss challenges they are facing, problem solve, and idea share. See the current schedule (PDF) »

Date: July 12, 2012

Cost: $30
There are no refunds for Pre-conference Workshop cancellations.

Teacher Institute

Description: A two-day program. Day one will feature a group lunch with historian lecture, multiple workshops, exhibits, dinner, and a keynote address. Day two will feature tours led by local historians.

Date: July 13-14, 2012

Cost: As it has been for the past eleven years, the Teacher Institute is provided free of charge for all K-12 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 Tour

Educators taking advantage of the Optional Tour will have the opportunity to tour Magnolia Plantation and the Hunley - the Confederate submarine.

Date: July 15, 2012

Cost: $45
There are no refunds for Optional Tour cancellations.

Schedule of Events 

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

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Noon to 1pm

Pre-Conference Workshop Sign-In

1pm to 5pm

Pre-Conference Workshop (Schedule PDF) 
*afternoon snack provided

Friday, July 13, 2012

10 am to 11 am

Teacher Institute Sign-In

11 am to 1:00 pm

Lunch with Featured Speaker,
Center for Civil War Photography President, Bob Zeller

1:15pm to 6pm

Workshops, Book Vendors, and Exhibits
Workshop Schedule in Detail (PDF) »

6pm to 7pm

Dinner with Featured Speaker,
Local author, Gordon Rhea

Saturday, July 14, 2012

9am to 9pm

Tours on the City of Charleston, Fort Moultrie, and Fort Sumter
Lunch and dinner will be provided

* Please be aware that a boat ride is required to tour Fort Sumter, dinner will be served following the tour on the boat.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

8 am to 1pm

Optional Tour - Magnolia Plantation & the Hunley 

Location & Hotel Accommodations 

The Teacher Institute will be held at the Sheraton Charleston Airport Hotel.

Sheraton Charleston Airport Hotel 
4770 Goer Drive
North Charleston, South Carolina 29406

Room rates are $105.00 a night if you book June 20, 2012. When you call inform them that you are part of the Civil War Trust's Teacher Institute. You have to call to get the special price and a room in this block, this will not work by booking online.

A free shuttle is provided from the Charleston Airport to the hotel.  There is also a free shuttle that runs from the hotel into downtown Charleston.


Scholarships will be available for first-time attendees. Scholarships cover the attendees personal travel and lodging costs as well as the Pre-Conference Workshop and the Optional Tour.

The Michael Shaara Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a teacher who utilizes literature to teach the American Civil War. 

Applications were due by April 27, 2012 - The scholarship application period is now closed.  Thank you to all who applied.

Winners will be announced by May 4, 2012


Inform the Trust at as soon as you know that you will have to cancel.

Before May 18, 2012: No cancellation fee
May 18 - June 15, 2012: $50 cancellation fee
After June 15, 2012: We apologize, but no refunds will be issued after June 15

There are no refunds for the Pre-Conference Workshop or Optional Tour.

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