Become a Presenter at the 2010 Teacher Institute

July 23-25, 2010 | Hagerstown, Md | Theme: Gettysburg

Background information on the Teacher Institute

History of the CWPT Teacher Institute

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The Civil War Preservation Trust is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our mission is the preservation of America’s significant Civil War battlefields by protecting the land and educating the public about the vital roles those battlefields played in directing the course of our nation’s history. The first CWPT Summer Teacher Institute was held July 2002, at Pamplin Historical Park in Petersburg, VA. Thirty teachers were in attendance. Since then, the program has grown to 200 teachers. Our field trips and event sites have been the following: Spotsylvania County (Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville-2009), Hagerstown (Antietam and Harpers Ferry-2008), Chattanooga (Lookout Mountain and Chickamauga-2007), Richmond (Petersburg and Pamplin Park-2006), Perryville (Lexington-2005), Appomattox (Roanoke-2004), and Cloyd’s Mountain, VA (Blacksburg-2003).

Format of the CWPT Teacher Institute

The institute is a 3-day weekend event. Before the program, teachers pre-register for their classes. They may also need to register for their field trip if we have two choices for that particular year. On Friday, teachers attend their choice of classes. Saturdays involve a full-day field trip to a Civil War site. On Sunday, teachers attend their second group of classes. On Friday and Saturday night there is either a featured evening speaker or period entertainment. The 2010 Institute schedule will not be finalized until January 2010.

Goals of the CWPT Teacher Institute

- To provide a quality continuing education program for elementary through high school teachers
- To demonstrate methods teachers can use in their own classrooms
- To boost teachers’ Civil War content knowledge
- To energize teachers in preparation for the next school year

Becoming a Presenter: Presentation Guidelines

1) You can propose a methods workshop or a content presentation. Some of our attendees come to the institute to gain Civil War content knowledge while some attend to add to their repertoire of Civil War instructional methods. As such, we need to provide both method workshops and content presentations. Keep in mind that even content presentations need to demonstrate how to use this content in the classroom.

2) Presenters should prepare for a variety of teachers with different backgrounds. Attendees will vary from elementary through high school levels. There are new teachers and veteran teachers, Civil War buffs, and Civil War novices, locals and travelers.

3) You will need to have supplementary materials to go along with your workshop or presentation.  These materials should be items that can used in the classroom and can shared by attending teachers with their colleagues.

Some examples are:

- course outlines
- images
- copies of primary resources
- suggestions for further reading, etc.

Each presenter will submit supplementary materials in electronic format to be included in the teacher resource book. The deadline is January 15, 2010. Materials will not be used for other purposes without your consent. Presenters are discouraged from bringing loose handouts to the program.

4) Presenters are encouraged to incorporate Gettysburg this year. Create your presentation or workshop around the battle, events surrounding the battle, history, various populations involved, etc., in order to relate to the Gettysburg theme of the 2010 Teacher Institute.

5) Proposals are due January 15, 2010. Submit a Proposal Form »



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