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 five Teacher Institutes in addition to participating in the Virginia WWII Heritage Alliance Teacher Fellowship. See more details below:

Summer 2020 Teacher Institutes

Join us for a great season of Teacher Institutes at the newly expanded Virginia War Memorial! Our day-long Teacher Institutes are free and open to all Virginia educators, and focus on a wide variety of military related topics. Participants receive 5 recertification points for each session attended, as well as a complimentary boxed lunch and resources for their classroom. Individuals may register for as many sessions as they would like. Please reach out to Morgan Guyer ( with any questions. We look forward to seeing you this summer!


Tuesday, June 30: Legacy of War – How We Remember
10:00am-3:00pm at the Virginia War Memorial
How do monuments and memorials function as a way to honor and remember those who have served? While current events have drawn a lot of attention to 19th century monuments, join us to take an in-depth look at memorials from the 20th and 21st centuries. We will explore the Virginia War Memorial to get a behind-the-scenes look at its history, architecture, and recently opened spaces. Then, we will travel to the Virginia War Memorial Carillon in Richmond to examine how Virginians have chosen to remember those lost in World War I. Discover the stories of the men and women who are memorialized at these sites, so you can pass this legacy along to your students.

Wednesday, July 8: The Voices of the Vietnam War
10:00am-3:00pm at the Virginia War Memorial
The Vietnam War touched the lives of Americans in countless ways. Come view the war through a variety of lenses as a diverse slate of speakers piece together the bigger picture of the Vietnam War’s effect on American society.  We will explore topics like art, music, POWs, journalism, and the varied experiences of the men and women who served through the power of storytelling.

Tuesday, July 21: Teaching with Film
10:00am-3:00pm at the Virginia War Memorial
From Glory to Letters from Iwo Jima, television and film have both educated and inspired us, leaving us with a sense of empathy, outrage, inspiration, and understanding.  Join the VWM Education staff as they provide methods for using film as a tool in the classroom. Discover movie and television clips ideal for teaching different moments of history, from the American Revolution to the Global War on Terror.

Tuesday, July 28: The Army and the Global War on Terrorism (OFF-SITE at NMUSA)
10:00am-3:00pm at the National Museum of the US Army
Join us at the National Museum of the US Army at Fort Belvoir to get in-depth with the Global War on Terrorism, and how best to teach it. Spend time exploring the brand new NMUSA and learn strategies to enhance your students’ understanding of a conflict that has been going on for their entire lives.

Thursday, August 6: Making Decisions: Victory in Japan
10:00am-3:00pm at the Virginia War Memorial
On the 75th anniversary of the United States dropping the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, join us at the Virginia War Memorial to study and discuss the process of wartime decision making during World War II. What information did key leaders in the United States have access to before and during the war, and what impact did that have on history? Using primary sources, we will focus on the decision to enter World War II, on the strategy of island-hopping in the Pacific, and on the choice to use atomic weapons.


WWII Heritage Alliance Teacher Fellowship


The goal of the Virginia WWII Heritage Alliance Teacher Fellowship is to support teacher professional development, facilitate the creation of World War II education materials, and encourage a creative dialogue on history pedagogy, while strengthening ties between Virginia’s World War II museums and Virginia teachers.

 The Fellowship carries a stipend of $200 to help cover transportation and requires a commitment to attend a total of three five-hour in-person sessions in July 2020, and a remote virtual session in December 2020.

SESSION 1: Wednesday, July 15 at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Virginia

SESSION 2: Wednesday, July 22 at the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Virginia

SESSION 3: Wednesday, July 29 at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia

Parking and lunch are provided at each session. At the end of the program, all Fellows will be required to complete a final project. Final projects are due by December 2020.

More details and application information can be found on the Virginia WWII Heritage Alliance’s website. The application deadline is March 13, 2020. Contact Morgan Guyer at with any questions.

Click here for more information and to apply