Virtual Teacher Workshops

7 p.m. • September 15, October 20 & November 17
Join educators from the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation for a trio of free 90-minute online professional development opportunities for teachers as we take a deeper look into topics related to 17th-century Virginia and the American Revolution. Virginia teachers may receive re-certification points for participation.


Registration information for these teacher workshops is listed below. Connection information will be emailed the day prior to each program.

September 15: West Central Africans in Early Virginia
West Central Africans were brought against their will to Virginia in 1619. History does not provide a definitive answer as to their status, but it does tell us how laws increasingly restricted their rights throughout the 17th century. During this session, teachers will explore the evolution of slave laws, historic events that preceded these changes and how the lives of West Central Africans living in Virginia were impacted.

October 20: African Americans in the American Revolution
On the eve of the American Revolution, African Americans, both free and enslaved, were faced with choices based on their location, family situation and status, among other factors. Join Jamestown-Yorktown educators as we examine the American Revolution through African-American perspectives.

November 17: Powhatan Indians
Prior to the arrival of English settlers at Jamestown in the early 17th century, the Powhatan Indians, an Eastern Woodlands tribe, inhabited the region. Join us as we explore the many facets of Powhatan Indian culture and learn about the descendants of the Powhatan who still live in Virginia today.

All three sessions are provided free to teachers thanks to a generous gift from the Charles S. & Millicent P. Brown Family Foundation.


Located along Virginia’s scenic Colonial Parkway, Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with new protective protocols and social-distancing procedures to carefully create a safe environment for everyone to enjoy. To register for a virtual teacher workshop, contact annemarie.baker@jyf.virginia.gov. Connection information will be emailed the day prior to each program.