Civil War Trust
For Immediate Release: 07/27/10
Educators Learn to Bring History Alive in the Classroom
More than 170 teachers from across the nation participate in 2010 CWPT Teacher Institute
(Washington, DC) – In an event called “top-notch” and a “great experience,” educators from 34 states gathered in Hagerstown, Md., July 16–18, 2010, to learn strategies for more effectively teaching history at the Civil War Preservation Trust’s (CWPT) 2010 Teacher Institute. Lectures, panels and a variety of workshops laid the groundwork for the weekend’s highlight — a “field trip” to Gettysburg National Military Park.
National Park Service rangers and Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides, joined leading Civil War speakers such as Dr. James “Bud” Robertson, Dr. Peter Carmichael and bestselling author Jeff Shaara to cover a range of topics from using technology in the classroom to employing low-tech methods, such as the use of objects and artifacts, to engage students.
“There are so many different ways in which students might connect with the Civil War,” said CWPT Director of History and Education Garry Adelman, “and the broad array of programs provided teachers with creative ways to bring various lessons to their students.”
In addition to the experience itself, attendees also received an information-packed digital resource kit containing PowerPoint presentations, 3D photographs, primary source materials and links to a range of web-based educational materials. Like the weekend itself, these resources were provided at no direct cost to teachers, who had only to pay for their hotel and travel expenses. Attendees were also eligible to receive continuing education credits for their participation.
Responses to the program were overwhelmingly positive. One teacher commented: “This is the finest educational experience available. The passion of the faculty and staff: infectious; the quality of the presentations: superb; the opportunity to network and share with fellow educators: priceless.”
The 2011 CWPT Teacher Institute will be held in Tennessee and will feature guided tours of the Franklin Battlefield and Stones River National Battlefield. To learn more about this and CWPT’s other education programs, including lesson plans and student contests, visit www.civilwar.org/education.
With 55,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds. CWPT’s website is www.civilwar.org.
(To learn more about the CWPT education initiatives, visit www.civilwar.org/education)