Professional Development

We are proud to offer year-round Professional Development opportunities for Virginia educators on a wide variety of topics. Teacher Institutes are scheduled each summer and often throughout the school year, and outreach professional development presentations can be scheduled by request.

This summer, the Virginia War Memorial will be offering two virtual Professional Development opportunities for Virginia teachers. See details below:

Summer 2020 Teacher Institutes

This summer’s on-site Teacher Institutes have been cancelled due to the ongoing global pandemic. However, the VWM Education team is pleased to be offering two virtual Professional Development sessions this July! As always, these sessions are free to all Virginia educators, and participants will receive recertification points at the conclusion of the sessions. Please note that the formats of these sessions differ, so please read through the below information carefully before registering. Reach out to Morgan Guyer ( with any questions.

The Voices of the Vietnam War: Monday, July 6-Thursday, July 9; 9:30-11:00am via Zoom

The Vietnam War touched the lives of Americans in countless ways. Come view the war through a variety of lenses with a diverse slate of speakers, learn ways to address the Vietnam War in the classroom, and get a behind-the-scenes view of the Virginia War Memorial’s collection with regard to the war. Participants will be eligible for 6 hours of recertification points, and will need to submit short responses to each day’s program to qualify (a template will be provided).


  • Monday, July 6 (9:30-11:00am): Vietnam Veterans Panel
  • Tuesday, July 7 (9:30-11:00am): Author talk: “The League of Wives” with Heath Lee
  • Wednesday, July 8 (9:30-11:00am): Best Practices and Projects with Craig Blackman (Chesapeake Public Schools)- “The Long Journey Home: The Untold Stories of Forgotten Soldiers”
  • Thursday, July 9 (9:30-11:00am): “Profile of a Soldier” and the VWM Collection with Heidi Sheldon, Archivist and Jim Triesler, Director of Education

The Army and the Global War on Terrorism: Tuesday, July 28; 9:30-12:30pm via Zoom

Join us for a session in which the National Museum of the US Army and the Virginia War Memorial go behind-the-scenes with their galleries and exhibits, studying how modern museums are telling the story of the Global War on Terrorism as it is still ongoing. All participants will be asked to do some self-selected research beforehand, and come to this session ready to discuss their thoughts and ideas. By the end of this program, all teachers will have started a project that can be continued in the classroom (virtually or in person). 

All registrants will be given a list of suggested resources in advance and asked to read/watch/listen to at least three, and fill out a response sheet to submit to the VWM and NMUSA staff. Teachers who complete three responses and attend the session on July 28 are eligible for 6 recertification points. Responses must be received by Monday, July 27. More information and the resource list will be provided beginning June 15.


WWII Heritage Alliance Teacher Fellowship

The 2020 WWII Heritage Alliance Teacher Fellowship has been postponed to Summer 2021. Please check back in the Fall for details.