WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the Virginia state agency that administers Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums, will host 24 elementary and secondary school instructors from across Virginia at a July 13-18 teacher institute, with support from the Jamestown 2007 Stamp & Cachet Project Committee and The Ukrop Foundation.
The weeklong program correlates with the Virginia Standards of Learning and emphasizes interactive, inquiry-based methods of teaching history. A major component of the institute is the opportunity for participants to work in period costume alongside historical interpreters at Jamestown Settlement’s re-created Powhatan Indian village, 1607 English ships and 1610-14 colonial fort and riverfront discovery area, and the Yorktown Victory Center’s re-created Continental Army encampment and 1780s farm. Included on the schedule are tours of the two museums’ exhibition galleries and living-history areas as well as of Historic Jamestowne, site of America’s first permanent English settlement administered by the National Park Service and APVA Preservation Virginia, and Yorktown National Battlefield, site of the decisive military engagement of the American Revolution. Participants will attend presentations and workshops on various historical topics and instructional methods. They will develop lesson plans during the week and will take away kits of reproduction artifacts to use in their classrooms.
Support for the 2008 Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Summer Teacher Institute has come from portions of grants of $100,000 from the Jamestown 2007 Stamp & Cachet Project Committee and $50,000 from The Ukrop Foundation of Richmond for educational programming. The Stamp & Cachet Project Committee is a volunteer group that had an instrumental role in securing the issue of a U.S. Postal Service Jamestown commemorative stamp in 2007.
“A major goal of the Stamp & Cachet Project was to increase awareness of Jamestown’s legacy and its significant role in the creation of our country,” said Project Director Edwin M. (Ned) Logan of Williamsburg. “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to use proceeds from fundraising and cachet sales to support the teacher institute and other educational programs of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.”
The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation offers structured educational programs for students at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center and in outreach settings. Outreach programming was presented in all of Virginia’s 132 school districts during the 2007-08 school year. The Foundation also partners with Virginia school districts to train educators in hands-on teaching methodology. Since 1990, the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation has supported the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute with historical content, teaching strategies and on-site instruction for more than 5,000 teachers from across the country.
The 24 participants in the 2008 Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Summer Teacher Institute were selected from 83 Virginia applicants.
For more information about Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation education programs, call (888) 868-7593 toll-free or (757) 253-4939 or visit hif.ciniva.net.