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Teacher Institute Programs

Online Programs

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Online Programs

Online Courses

Teaching about Race and Slavery in the Colonial and American Revolutionary Periods

This 5-day online course focuses on teaching about race and slavery during the colonial and American Revolutionary War periods, with a primary focus on African American history. It is designed primarily for upper elementary and middle school teachers. The course includes daily asynchronous readings, activities, and discussion board posts as well as a live synchronous meeting for 2 hours each day. Each live meeting includes review, reflection, and discussion of the asynchronous assignments, as well as an opportunity to interact with a Colonial Williamsburg character interpreter, content expert, or Master Teacher. This course will be held in Blackboard.

Building Inquiry and Analysis Skills by Engaging with Primary Sources

This 5-day online course focuses on teaching with a variety of primary source mediums, with an emphasis on student engagement, critical thinking skills and meaning making. It is designed for teachers of all grade levels. The course will include daily asynchronous readings, activities, discussion board posts, review and reflection, and synchronous Q&A with presenters. This course will be held in Blackboard.


Unraveling the Tapestry: Diverse Perspectives on the American Revolution

History is akin to a scene on a tapestry, where many threads unite to realize a full image and a comprehensive story. Join us for this five-session webinar, as we explore several different perspectives on the American Revolutionary period and share resources that help bring these diverse stories alive in the classroom. These webinar sessions will take place on Zoom.

Week-Long Sessions

Elementary School (for educators in grades 3–6)

CANCELLED 2021 - Becoming Americans (1606–1781)

Elementary school sessions focus on the daily life of colonial Virginians and the transition from subject to citizen that occurred during the Revolutionary War period. Teachers will be immersed in hands-on activities at Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown that highlight the stories of the people living during this time.

Secondary School (for educators in grades 7–12)

CANCELLED 2021 - Emerging American Identity (1606–1865)

How do we define our identity as Americans? How do many diverse cultures come together to form the basis of this American identity? What will it become in the future? During this course, participants will examine how the concept of an American identity began in the colonial period and continues to evolve and transform with each generation of Americans. Through inquiry-based analysis of primary sources while exploring throughout the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area, teachers examine how that identity influenced American citizens to shape and change the Republic through the 1860s.

Three-Day Seminars

African Americans in Eighteenth-Century Virginia (for educators in Grades 3–8)


This seminar explores the lives, roles, and perspectives of enslaved and free black Virginians in the eighteenth century. Participants will pursue a deeper understanding of the diversity of the experiences of enslaved and free black people during the colonial period and the American Revolution.

Apprenticeships, STEM, and Colonial Daily Life (for educators in Grades 3-8)


This seminar explores the interdisciplinary links between colonial history and STEM in trades, specifically applied sciences and engineering. Through a hands-on, Project Based Learning (PBL) approach, participants engage with trade experts, investigate applied science principles such as the use of simple machines, chemical reactions, engineering, and combine these experiences into dynamic classroom lesson plans that incorporate primary sources and PBL.

Straight from the Sources: Women in Eighteenth-Century Virginia (for educators in Grades 3–8)


This seminar explores the lives, roles, and perspectives of eighteenth-century women. Participants will pursue a deeper understanding of women’s contributions and constraints during the time leading up to the American Revolution.

Other Workshops

District and Regional Workshops

The Idea of America for Secondary School Teachers

In this one-day workshop in your district, a Colonial Williamsburg educator inspires teachers with interactive, media-rich strategies that link American history and active 21st-century civic engagement.

Sample Workshop topics include but are not limited to:

Customized Group Workshops

The Colonial Williamsburg Professional Development staff can customize arrangements for your teacher group's (of 15 or more) visit to Colonial Williamsburg. Not only can we help you with the educational portion of your visit, but we can also make arrangements for Colonial Williamsburg lodging, meals, and local transportation. For more information or a price quotation on a customized teacher professional development program, please email teacherdevelopment@cwf.org.