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Online Courses

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.

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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.