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Teacher Development

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Teacher Professional Development
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
P. O. Box 1776
Williamsburg, VA 23187

Phone: (757) 565-8417
Fax: (757) 565-8916

Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Development Programs:

  • Expand teachers’ knowledge of our nation’s founding principles and their role in developing citizenship skills
  • Provide materials in a variety of media that meet history/social studies standards
  • Model instructional strategies that engage multiple learning styles and inspire students with the relevancy of American history to the present day
  • Engage teachers in an authentic learning environment
  • Use interdisciplinary lesson plans that promote literacy and historical analysis skills
  • Explore American History from multiple perspectives, including European, Native American, and African American
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

– Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816

Colonial Williamsburg believes—as did Thomas Jefferson—that the strength and continuation of our democracy depends on a well-educated citizenry: citizens who understand their American history and heritage.

With growing numbers of new Americans unfamiliar with the founding principles of the republic and with decreasing emphasis on American history in our schools, it is vital that we do everything possible to help our diverse youth understand their history and its importance to their lives.

New, innovative approaches to the teaching of history are needed in America’s schools. Young people who understand American history are better equipped to become informed citizens. Colonial Williamsburg has developed an array of professional development programs and classroom resources to address this challenge; they introduce primary source documents, living history teaching techniques, and technology resources that invigorate the classroom and inspire young people with the ideals that launched the American republic.

Colonial Williamsburg’s programs and educators assist teachers in helping their students develop critical thinking skills to analyze historical events, documents, and decisions, and to understand the founding principles of the United States and how they connect with today’s—and tomorrow’s—issues.

Teacher Professional Development is supported in part by the William and Gretchen Kimball Young Patriots Fund.