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Participant's Guide to the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute 2016

During the Institute

Participating in Teacher Institute

The Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute will enhance how you teach American History. In order to retain all you can from your experience while you are on site, we recommend taking notes and pictures throughout the week. Daily sessions with a Colonial Williamsburg Master Teacher will help you focus on ways to actively apply the content in the classroom. Daily evaluations help us focus and improve the Institute.

Here are just a few comments from teachers who recently attended the Teacher Institute:

"Best professional development I have ever had. It is so refreshing to be treated as professionals, have our time and talents respected, and to be CHALLENGED to become better at delivering content to students in a way to allow their own curiosity and passion to ignite. Teachers who have a lot of personal knowledge in history were as excited as those who teach this topic but are more passionate about another content area. We all grew."

"I’ve been teaching for 29 years, and no professional development can hold a candle to this! . . . I have been inspired, renewed and refreshed to go back to be a better teacher!"

"I really appreciate the fact that content knowledge was equal with practical classroom application. I loved being around [my] colleagues and sharing best practices."

"My week at the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute has shown me that history is vibrant and alive. Most importantly, it showed me how to bring that sense of vitality back to my classroom and gave me the insight and tools to engage my students."

"This experience has not only taken my level of historical knowledge to new depths and given me numerous new strategies, but it has also touched my soul and renewed my commitment to my students."