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Participant's Guide to the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute 2016

Lesson Plans and College Credit

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Lesson Plans

As part of their participation in the Institute, many participants are required by their districts to develop an original lesson based on historical information and teaching techniques learned during their time at the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute. If you are creating a lesson, especially if you plan to submit it to meet the requirements for college credit, it should follow the lesson plan template (pdf).

Even if you are not required to submit a lesson, we hope you will participate by sending us copies of your successful lessons, projects, pictures, and/or student samples. Many samples provided to us are used as examples to show to donors and other teachers what participants learn while at the Teacher Institute.

College Credit

Attending the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute provides you the opportunity to apply for three hours of graduate education credit from the University of San Diego (Course Title: EDC-X759F Colonial Williamsburg (prev# EDU 592H)). Credit will be given for attending all sessions, programs, and performances during the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute and submission of one original lesson plan based on historical content learned while attending the Teacher Institute. Credit is only offered through the spring after completing the Institute. (PLEASE NOTE: Online registration for USD credit closes in mid-May).

Summer 2015 attendees (Course number EDC-X759F - 003) should submit original lesson plans by December 31, 2015
[Note: If you are a 2015 graduate who needs college credit in the fall, please submit your lesson by November 1, 2015. Be sure to include: 1) a note indicating you need the lesson graded as soon as possible for credit recognition in the fall, and 2) the date by which it needs to be returned. The Manager of Teacher Development will make every effort to provide you with results within one month.]

Summer 2016 attendees (Course number EDC-X759F - 004) should submit original lesson plans by December 31, 2016

Lessons should be sent via email (preferred), fax, or hard copy to:

Jodi Norman
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Education Outreach
P.O. Box 1776
Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776
Fax: (757) 565-8222

Colonial Williamsburg staff members will review each lesson for historical accuracy, uniqueness, and creativity. (Don't forget to include primary sources. If you attended the high school program your lesson must also incorporate The Idea of America Value Tensions). Once a lesson has been approved, you will be directed to the University of San Diego web site to complete the online college credit application and submit a $225.00 payment (price subject to change) to receive the three hours of graduate level extension credit.