Professional Development

* Registration for the 2024 Summer Teacher Institutes is now OPEN* 

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. Professional development presentations can be scheduled by request.

Summer 2024 Professional Development

* Registration for the 2024 Summer Teacher Institutes is now OPEN* 

This summer, the Virginia War Memorial is proud to host 1 three-day Teacher Institute and 1 single-day Institute.

All of the Virginia War Memorial’s teacher programs are FREE, and open to all educators. Lunches are provided for all participants at in-person programs. Teachers are eligible to receive recertification points for each of these programs.

Register for Summer 2024 Teacher Institutes here

Connecting Students to History: A Workshop on Research, Writing, and Photography

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This fantastic teacher workshop will focus on research strategies and skills for students of all ages. Virginia War Memorial Director of Education Jim Triesler and Archivist Sylvia Marshall will be joined by Major General Mari K. Eder, United States Army (Ret.).  MG Eder is the author of several books, including The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line, featuring untold stories of women during World War II. They will provide strategies and resources for teachers and students who wish to engage in the research process and make lasting connections to history.  We will focus on archival materials and research, teaching with primary sources, project-based learning, photo analysis, genealogical skills, and research methods beyond the archives.  This workshop is designed for history and English teachers, and anyone who loves learning about the past.

**WAITLIST** Normandy and Beyond: The Fight for Freedom

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, July 16, 17, and 18, 2024 *Space is limited*

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Except July 17: 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for Charter Bus Trip to the D-Day Memorial in Bedford)

Eighty years have passed since the Allies landed on the beaches of Normandy in the greatest amphibious assault in the history of modern warfare. Join us for a three-day look at World War II and the liberation of Europe.  Experience the newest gallery at the Virginia War Memorial, “D-Day + 80,” and its focus on the voices of those who were in France during the summer of 1944.  Acquire resources for lessons from material that has never been published. Enjoy a charter bus trip to the D-Day Memorial in Bedford as part of this institute.


Register for Summer 2024 Teacher Institutes here