Primarily Virginia: WestRock Online Teachers Institute (Summer 2019)
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. Each summer we will use this format to explore the upcoming National History Day theme.

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Primarily Virginia: WestRock Online Teachers Institute -- Summer 2019
Breaking Barriers in Virginia History: An NHD Project Experience

Over the course of nine weeks, educators who participate in the Primarily Virginia Online Teachers Institute will create their own History Day projects connected to this year’s annual theme: Breaking Barriers in History. Teachers will walk through the same History Day process steps as 4th through 12th-grade students. Teachers of all grade levels will utilize their historical research skills, critical thinking muscles, and primary source analysis tools. For the final product, teachers will create an NHD Weebly website that makes an argument about a topic in Virginia history and uses resources from the VMHC museum and library collections. They will write an annotated bibliography sourcing all their work and short process paper detailing their personal journey. Teachers will interact with each other by providing feedback at various stages of the process. This institute will helpful for any educator who works with students studying English or History and Social Science. After completion, teachers will fully understand that History Day is not just a day, it’s an experience.

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All course work is to be completed through the course website, and there are no required in-person class meetings. Upon completion of the course, participating teachers will receive up to 45 re-certification points, along with a membership to the Virginia Museum of History & Culture.

This class is limited to 25 students and begins June 24, 2019. Please register by June 14, 2019. For additional information, please contact Hailey Fenner, 804-342-9689, hfenner@VirginiaHistory.org.

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