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.

Summer 2021 Professional Development

This summer, the Virginia War Memorial is proud to present a variety of Professional Development opportunities for Virginia teachers, including a mix of virtual and in-person programming. Please read through the options below, and contact us with any questions.

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 2021 Teacher Institutes here

Diversity and Service: The Road to Equity in the Military

Monday, July 12 and Tuesday, July 13, 2021 (10:00am-3:00pm both days)

This year, the Virginia War Memorial is proud to partner with the U.S. Army Women’s Museum to present a program focused on the lesser-known stories of the United States military. This two-day, in-person program will address the history of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the military.

Day one (7/12) will be held on-site at the U.S. Army Women’s Museum at Fort Lee, and will include tours of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum and the U.S. Army Ordnance Training Support Facility (not usually open to the public)! The day will also include a special presentation by an Educator from the National Museum of the United States Army.

Day two (7/13) will be held at the Virginia War Memorial and will feature a wide variety of speakers and stories, highlighting the history and experiences of women, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and Indigenous people in the U.S. military.

Participants will be introduced to a wide variety of resources from all sites, and will be eligible to receive recertification points. Teachers may choose to only attend one day, though we strongly encourage all participants to join us for both.

“A Moment in Time”: Perspectives of World War II

ON-SITE: Tuesday, July 20, 2021  (10:00am-3:00pm)
VIRTUAL: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 (9:00am-1:00pm)

Join the Virginia War Memorial as we delve deeply into the stories and perspectives of the men, women, and children of all races and backgrounds who experienced World War II. This interactive program will immerse participants in certain “moments in time” during the war, when no one knew what the long-term result of the war (or the next couple of weeks) would bring. Using storytelling techniques and primary resources, participants will discover lesser-known perspectives and will be able to answer questions like, “What was the reaction to America’s entry into the war in Virginia’s Black communities?” “Why were German soldiers looking forward to the arrival of Allied Forces on D-day?” and “Why did a woman in the United States claim ‘it was fun while it lasted’ when victory in Europe was announced.” All teachers will leave with a greater understanding of the lived experiences of World War II, and a wide variety of primary resources and lessons plans for the classroom.

PLEASE NOTE: This year, we will be running the “A Moment in Time” program twice – once virtually, and once on-site at the Virginia War Memorial. The program will be the same both days, so please only register for ONE. Lunch will be provided for the teachers during the on-site program. Participants will receive recertification points based on the length of their selected program (5 hours for on-site, 4 hours for virtual).

“So What Happened in Afghanistan?”

Tuesday, August 3 and Wednesday, August 4, 2021 (9:00am-11:30am, via Zoom)

With the announcement that troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan this September, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the attacks on 9/11, many are wondering, “What happened in Afghanistan?” Join us for this two-day VIRTUAL Teacher Institute as we speak with a variety of historians about the War in Afghanistan, why the United States went in, what has happened since, and why we are withdrawing now. We will be looking at parallels between the conflicts in Afghanistan and Vietnam, and answering questions to prepare teachers to address this complicated topic with students of all ages.

Register for Summer 2021 Teacher Institutes here

Keep up to date with future Professional Development offerings by signing up for the VA War Memorial Education Newsletter here.

WWII Heritage Alliance Teacher Fellowship

The 2020 WWII Heritage Alliance Teacher Fellowship has been postponed to 2022. Check back later for more details.