The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation offers distance learning options for teacher professional development. These resources provide the same strategy-based instruction received in face-to-face teacher professional development programming. Facilitated by Colonial Williamsburg staff educators, these online development tools help teachers bring history to life in their classrooms.
Instructor-led, media-rich social studies methods courses with best-practice teaching strategies offered in conjunction with Learn NC, a program of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Education.
Using Artifacts as a Bridge to the Past
This instructor-led course utilizes artifact analysis, a museum skill, to uncover stories behind objects in 18th-century Williamsburg. Teachers emerge with methods for immediate use in classroom instruction.
Features of the course:
- Asynchronous schedule so students can work at their own pace
- Course instructors will have set office hours to give students focused guidance
- Skills gained in this course are immediately transferable to the classroom
- A selection of course materials will be available to teachers for re-use in their classrooms
- Students in this course will create collaborative lessons that will be available for use post-course
Dates: To be announced
Continuing Education Hours: 20
Tuition: $200 (non-refundable)
Learning Resources From Our Teachers
These sample lesson plans or activities were created by teachers who completed Colonial Williamsburg's online teacher professional development.
Note: While not produced by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, these plans are the work of students who completed a Foundation-produced distance-learning course.
- 1968: The Year That Changed the World
- Artifact Analysis Used in Examining Immigration to the United States in the Early 20th Century
- Artifacts, Desertification, and the Sahel
- Christopher Columbus: Hero or Villain? Diving Deeper with Historical Artifacts and Text Analysis
- Forging History at the Armory
- George Washington on Display
- John Adams Scavenger Hunt
- The High Seas and the Adventures of the Unknown
- What do Some of Washington's Belongings Tell Us?