WILLIAMSBURG, Va., July 10, 2014 – Eighteen Virginia educators will take part in the 2014 Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Summer Teacher Institute July 13-18 at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums. Correlated with the Virginia Standards of Learning and national curriculum objectives, the institute emphasizes interactive, inquiry-based methods of teaching American history. A major component of the program is the opportunity for participants to work in period costume alongside museum historical interpreters.
The weeklong institute includes museum tours, presentations on historical topics, workshops on historical clothing and interpretation theory and methods, and hands-on programs featuring 17th-century seamanship and 18th-century military life. Institute participants will spend the mornings and early afternoons of July 15-17 as costumed historical interpreters.
The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the Virginia state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, offers structured educational programs for students at the two museums and in outreach settings. Outreach programming was presented in 105 of Virginia’s 132 school divisions during the 2013-14 academic year. The Foundation also partners with Virginia school divisions to train educators in historical content and hands-on teaching methodology and supports the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute in Early American History with historical content, teaching strategies and on-site instruction.
For more information about Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation education programs, call (757) 253-4939 or visit hif.ciniva.net.