What to Pack
You should plan to dress comfortably throughout the week; the pace of the Institute involves 10- to 12-hour days, with three to five miles of walking throughout the day being common. The summer weather in Virginia is usually 90+ degrees with high humidity and occasional afternoon thundershowers. The extremely hot and humid weather can take its toll on those who are unprepared. Cool and comfortable clothing is a necessity.
Shorts and comfortable walking/athletic shoes are highly recommended. Laundry facilities are not available on site, so please pack appropriately.
Be sure to bring:
- bug spray
- umbrella or poncho
- any medications you may need during the week
- photo identification
- mobile device, such as a smartphone, tablet, or laptop and its charger (for ease of use and portability, smaller devices are suggested)
- camera and memory cards
- extra batteries and/or recharging cords
Please Note: All of our Teacher Institute programs now require participants to have and use a mobile device throughout the week. It may be a smartphone, tablet, or laptop (for ease of use and portability, smaller devices are suggested). We have switched to a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) model in order to keep pace with technological advancements and classroom requirements. Using these devices, we will demonstrate methods for enhancing resource accessibility and the student experience through technology. While on site you will use your device to download content, participate in online forums, explore resources, and complete evaluations.
What if I forget something?
Items such as toothpaste, shampoo, beverages, etc., may be purchased at the hotel gift shops or vending machines.
Before you arrive, please be sure to
- make your travel plans
- inform us of your travel plans and inform us of those plans
- inform us of any health or dietary restrictions (part of your online registration)
- complete any required readings or other pre-Institute requirements
- read and respond to any emails sent to you by the registrar, session coordinator, or Master Teacher