Professional Development

Professional Development

Our education team currently offers a variety of professional development opportunities for educators each year:

  • Partner Programs: The Virginia Museum of History and Culture frequently partners with other cultural institutions to reach more educators across the Commonwealth. Register now for August 3rd's "Secession and Civil War" workshop in partnership with Teaching American History. Register here for our August 10-11 workshop in partnership with five Richmond area museums entitled Monumental Moments: Public Art and Public Memory. 

  • The Weinstein Properties Teachers Institute is a week-long program that is offered twice each summer. Learn more and register here for the July 11th - July 15th session focused on general Virginia history. Learn more and register here for the July 25th - 29th session focused on our largest new exhibition, Our CommonwealthNEW Scholarships and Teacher stipends! Thanks to the generosity of a donor, the 2022 Weinstein Properties Teacher Institute will now include stipends for all participants in addition to a limited number of travel scholarships.

  • The dates and subject of  Primarily Virginia, the VMHC online institute, varies from year to year. All institutes are open to private and public school teachers of any grade level. 

  • We also offer private teacher workshops using primary sources

  • Interested in seeing us more often? Consider applying to serve on our Teacher Advisory Council! 2022 - 2023 applications are now open. 
     


Weinstein Properties Story of Virginia Teachers Institute

"Exceptionally well-planned, executed institute that provides a history teacher with superb tools, regardless of the subject he/she teaches. My enhanced knowledge of archaeology, anthropology, ethnology, and linguistics will definitely benefit me in my World History classroom." - Milondra Coleman, teacher

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture presents its Weinstein Properties Story of Virginia Teachers Institutes. Earn re-certification points while exploring the history of Virginia, project-based learning, and teaching with primary sources! 

Each of the Weinstein Properties Summer Teachers Institutes are held in-person at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. Throughout the week teachers will examine stories from Virginia's past through primary sources. Experts from the Virginia Museum of History & Culture and guest speakers will provide examples for project-based learning, performance-based assessments, and tips and techniques for engaging students in grades K-12. 

The cost is $50, which will be refunded upon completion of the class. In addition, we require a letter of recommendation from your supervisor.

NEW Scholarships and Teacher stipends!
Thanks to the generosity of a donor, the 2022 Weinstein Properties Teacher Institute will now include stipends for all participants in addition to a limited number of travel scholarships.

  •  Stipend: $250 | Upon successful completion of class requirements, participants will receive a $250 dollar stipend in addition to reimbursement of the $50 registration fee. Each session will be limited to 20 educators. 
  • Travel Scholarship: $750 | A limited number of travel scholarships are available for teachers that live more than 75 miles outside of Richmond, Virginia, and can be used to cover travel and lodging expenses. After registering to attend, please email mcreech@virginiahistory.org to apply. A total of 10 travel scholarships per session will be awarded.

Materials are provided free of charge, and participating teachers will be eligible for CEUs and recertification points. For more information, contact Manager of Museum Programs Maggie Creech at 804.342.9652  or mcreech@VirginiaHistory.org.


Primarily Virginia: Westrock Online Teachers Institute

Primarily Virginia is an online course designed for K-12 teachers to explore Virginia’s past by examining objects and primary sources. These pieces of the past will be used as a lens to examine different historical eras in Virginia history. All course work is to be completed through the course website, and there are no required in-person class meetings. Upon completion of the course, participating teachers will receive up to 45 re-certification points. The course is offered three times a year and is free of charge to Virginia teachers, thanks to the generous support of the WestRock Foundation. 

Registration for the Summer 2022 Session of Primarily Virginia is now open! Please register by June 25. The course will begin on June 27, 2022. Register today!

For additional information, please contact Hailey Fenner at 804.342.9689 or hfenner@VirginiaHistory.org.


Upcoming interactive webinars

No public teacher webinars currently scheduled. Please view our calendar of events for upcoming students webinars and public programs. If you would like to schedule a virtual teacher PD please contact Hailey Fenner at 804. 342.9689 or hfenner@virginiahistory.org. 


TEACHER WORKSHOPS USING PRIMARY Sources

These programs are designed to strengthen the analytical abilities of K-12 teachers. Teachers will learn historical thinking skills—sourcing, contextualization, corroboration, and close reading—by using primary sources and teaching techniques from the museum's collection and education programs. These workshops can be conducted at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, in your school, or virtually. 

For more information, contact Manager of Museum Programs Maggie Creech at 804.342.9652 or mcreech@VirginiaHistory.org.