Other PD Opportunities in Virginia

National Consortium for Teaching About Asia

The following Saturday workshops will be presented in NoVa for secondary teachers:

  • December 14, 2019: Teaching about Contemporary China through Youth Culture and Contemporary Social Issues.
  • February 29, 2020: Teaching Asia with Art at the Freer/Sackler.
  • March 7, 2020: Japan, Pop Culture, and the Olympics.

For more information and application form, click here.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

We begin accepting applications for each season when the new application is posted on our website: www.cbf.org/programs.

For our Day Programs, we post the applications in October for the spring season and in
April for the fall season. The deadline for these applications is typically the second Friday in November for spring
season and the third Friday in May for fall. For our Residential Programs, the deadline for BOTH the fall and spring
seasons is the third Friday in May for the following school year.

National Humanities Center online activities

1. Humanities in Class: Digital Literacy in the Classroom is a five-module online course designed to explore ways in which the humanities can serve as a powerful tool in developing critical analytics skills in the 21st century information age. In this virtual course, educators explore digital literacy and citizenship using investigation, analysis, discussion, and reflection based on materials developed by leading humanities scholars. Participants will also develop a classroom resource that is customized to their own educational environment based on the NHC curriculum model. The course opens on September 4 and earns participants 15 hours of CEU credit.

Course topics include:
• Calling Bull in the Classroom (with Jevin West of University of Washington)
• Manipulating History
• China: A Case Study (with Min Jang of UNC-Charlotte)
Registration is limited to 30: https://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/education-programs/courses/

2. Humanities in Class Webinar Series 2018-19 provides an irreverent, fast-paced forum for scholars and educators to discuss compelling topics in our world through a humanities lens. This year we will feature sessions on the Second Amendment, privacy in the digital age, hip hop scholarship, and the truth and myths of Game of Thrones among other exciting topics.

Registration is limited per session to 200: https://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/education-programs/webinars/

For more information on the National Humanities Center go to https://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/.

Summer GIS Training for Educators at JMU

The Virginia K12 GIS Site License Consortium is offering two training opportunities for teachers on JMU’s campus this summer. Both the introductory and advanced sessions offer free room and board in JMU dorms.  The following site has additional information regarding the dates and application process. http://www.jmu.edu/gs/va-gis-site-license/prof-dev.shtml

NOTE: Due to changes ESRI is considering making to the nationwide state site license program, we do not anticipate being able to offer regular summer GIS workshops at JMU after this June.

Monticello Archaeology Teacher Workshops – July 18th and 19th

Join Monticello archaeologists for a one-day workshop on July 18th or 19th from 8:00am – 5:00pm. Participants in each session will engage in archaeological field excavations at an early-19th-century slave quarter, participate in artifact processing, learn about archaeological analysis, and discuss classroom applications of archaeological methods and data. Registration cost is $10, which includes one-day access to the Monticello grounds, a Teacher Resource Packet, sample classroom activities, and refreshments. Space is limited to twelve participants per day, so reserve your spot today! Documentation of workshop completion will be provided; check with your school system for professional development eligibility. This program is designed for professional educators. Questions? Contact Beth Sawyer: esawyer@monticello.org.

The Virginia WWI and WWII Statewide Teacher Symposiums

The Symposiums, marking the 100th anniversary of WWI and the 75th anniversary of WWII, will take place in June and July of 2017 in partnership with museums from across the state. The symposiums will offer various sessions providing overviews of both wars, content for teaching WWI and WWII, and museum tours highlighting local resources that support SOL content and history and social science skills.  Although the symposiums are free for Virginia educators, registration is necessary.  Lunch will be provided.  Attendees will receive recertification certificates.

For more information, including dates and locations, go to: https://www.virginiawwiandwwii.org/symposium

Virginia Historical Society July 10-14 and July 24-28

The Virginia Historical Society is pleased to announce its Weinstein Properties Story of Virginia Teachers Institutes this summer. The institutes will be held the weeks of July 10-14 and July 24-28 and are open to all teachers. Participants will explore the collections of the VHS, analyze primary sources and learn historical thinking skills.

The cost is $50, which will be refunded on successful completion of the program. Lunches and materials will be provided free of charge. Please register at http://www.vahistorical.org/collections-and-resources/teachers-and-students/professional-development

Primarily Virginia: MeadWestvaco online teachers institute

Primarily Virginia is an online course designed for teachers to explore Virginia’s past by examining objects and primary sources. These pieces of the past will be used as a lens to examine different historical eras in Virginia history. All course work is to be completed through the course website, and there are no required in-person class meetings.

The course consists of a series of six modules. In each module, a series of activities will allow the participants to engage in the historical inquiry process, and provide opportunities to examine how the course content can be applied in the classroom. Each module will require teachers to write reflections about the objects and the historical content and to respond to the postings from the other class participants.

Primarily Virginia’s online format has been designed for asynchronous work, allowing  K-12 teachers from around Virginia to access the resources of the VHS and the Library of Congress from their homes and schools. Upon completion of the course, participating teachers will receive 45 re-certification points, along with a membership to the Virginia Historical Society. The course is offered free of charge, thanks to the generous support of the MeadWestvaco Corporation and the MeadWestvaco Foundation.

Primarily Virginia is limited to 30 students and will launch on January 30, 2017. Please register by January 23, 2017.

For additional information, please contact Bill Obrochta, 804-342-9651, wobrochta@vahistorical.org.

NGS Education grants

The National Geographic Society will begin offering new education-focused grants to individual educators in 2017! Its grants website is now live at: http://www.nationalgeographic.org/grants/

Grants will be awarded on a quarterly basis. Upcoming submission deadlines are:

  • April 1, 2017, for decision by August 21, 2017
  • July 1, 2017, for decision by November 30, 2017

VGA hopes to have some new or continuing efforts apply– please let Ed and Annie know if you are interested. (kinmanel@longwood.edu; Anne.Evans@charlottesvilleschools.org)

Funded projects must align with one of the Society’s three focus lenses: Our Human Story, Critical Species & Places, and Our Changing Planet.

Education grants will support projects that aim to teach people about the world and how it works, empowering them to make it a better place. We want to identify effective strategies in teaching and learning – what works in education? – in our three focus lenses. Projects can be new or existing initiatives that have potential for replication or adaptation to other areas and audiences.

NGS will also support projects that demonstrate how to teach better – new ideas for instructional strategies at any level, with any audience, and in any location. We aim to support educators in traditional and nontraditional settings, in community education and outreach, and in other venues.

Finally, we will support projects that measure what works in teaching and learning – educators who want to research, evaluate, and measure how learning takes place. This dovetails with National Geographic’s Learning Framework: the set of attitudes, skills, and knowledge that embody the explorer mindset.



What’s My Map Worth?  Library of Virginia November 5, 2016 / 10:30 am — 12:00 pm

Most of us have maps, either in drawers, in our attics, or even framed on a wall. Have you ever wondered what your maps are worth? Join guest speaker Eliane Dotson as she shares secrets of the trade on how to value maps. Learn what key factors affect the value of a map and how to estimate how much a map is worth. For more information about this event, contact the Library of Virginia Foundation at 804-692-3813 or e–mail dawn.greggs@lva.virginia.gov.

The Fry–Jefferson Map Society hosts this free workshop. Advance registration required.
Register here: https://goo.gl/6hwfgx

RU World Ready? conference to be held at Radford University 

The conference featured an exciting line-up of presenters, including classroom teachers from across the U.S. who are successfully integrating global studies into their current standards-focused work with students in PreK–12 classrooms. The conference offers ways to connect classrooms with the world through global classroom projects, travel abroad opportunities, and joining the National Geographic Certified Educator community. Attendees will return to the classroom more “world ready” with ideas and strategies for integrating global competencies into their classroom lessons to develop “life ready” learners.

Anne and Ryland Brown Summer 2016 Teaching  Fellowship.

The Library of Virginia is now accepting applications for its 2016 Anne and Ryland Brown Summer Teaching  Fellowship. Fellows will earn a stipend while working with Library staff doing research in our archives and producing educational resources for teachers and students everywhere. Open to Virginia 4th–12th Grade History and Social Science Educators

Brown Fellowship FAQs, 2016

Contact Catherine Fitzgerald Wyatt (catherine.wyatt@lva.virginia.gov /(804)692-3999) or Adrienne Robertson (adrienne.robertson@lva.virginia.gov /(804)692-3001) for more information.


This year’s institute will focus on physical geography of the Coastal Plain, a discussion of the Patowmack wilderness, landscape of colonization, social construction of the North American wilderness, and an integrated geoliteracy methodology to study the nature of the physical, biological, and social system. See post.

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