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. Professional development presentations can be scheduled by request. In-person and virtual options available.

Summer 2022 Professional Development

This summer, the Virginia War Memorial is proud to present a variety of Professional Development opportunities for Virginia teachers. 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 2022 Teacher Institutes here

Winning the Cold War

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Events during the ‘80s played a significant role in winning the Cold War, or so we thought. Are we living in a new era that marks a continuation of the Cold War? A panel of experts will discuss the transformation of the US military under President Reagan; Operation Urgent Fury and the invasion of Grenada; and the capture of Noriega by US troops in Panama under President George H. W. Bush. Learn how the Cold War events of the 1980s are significant today.

The POW Experience

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The POW Experience has been part of our existence since the American Revolution. Experts and special guests will discuss topics including British prison ships during the Revolution; prison life during the Civil War; a comparison of WWII POWs in Germany, Japan, and the United States; plus the story of Paul Galanti, who spent over six years in the Hanoi Hilton during the war in Vietnam. Learn more about the POW Experience and come away with resources that will enhance the way you teach.

From Headlines to the Front Lines: The US Media’s Role in Going to War

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Just before the Spanish American War, William Randolph Hearst, publisher of the New York Journal, allegedly said to a reporter, “You provide the pictures. I’ll furnish the war!” The media has always influenced American’s view of war with slogans, like “Remember the Maine” and “Remember Pearl Harbor!” Reporting from Vietnam eventually led to the withdrawal of American troops. Criticism exists today that some news agencies are leading us closer to WWIII with their continuous reporting of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Spend the day learning about the powerful role of the media in America’s military actions.

Teaching the Unspeakable: Nazi Germany

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

In the 21st century, we can barely listen to the news without some reference to Nazi Germany by a politician or someone in the media. What was Nazi Germany really like? This institute provides an opportunity to hear from those who lived in Nazi Germany as children and teenagers. It provides a chance to ask questions of those who experienced it, like “How did schools change?” After the war, our speakers came to America, became citizens, and love this country. They just happened to be children in a Germany controlled by Adolf Hitler.

Mother of Invention: American Wars and New Technologies

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Do you ever think about the origin of items we use every day? Many of those items are part of the transition of technology from the battlefield to the living room. A panel of historians will discuss the origins of everyday technology, like GPS, Duct Tape, and Computers. We will look at the rise of aviation from Air Power to Commercial travel and discuss the role of NASA in the Cold War Space Race. Who knows what the future will hold regarding the impact of technology on our lives?


Register for Summer 2022 Teacher Institutes here