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WILLIAMSBURG, Va., July 2, 2013 – Educators from across Virginia will participate in the 2013 Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Summer Teacher Institute July 7-12 at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums. Correlated with the Virginia Standards of Learning and national curriculum objectives for social studies as well as science and math, the institute emphasizes interactive, inquiry-based methods of teaching American history and provides the opportunity for participants to work in period costume alongside museum historical interpreters.

The weeklong institute incorporates tours of the museums’ exhibition galleries and outdoor living-history areas – re-created Powhatan Indian village, 1607 ships and 1610-14 colonial fort at Jamestown Settlement, and re-created Continental Army encampment and 1780s farm at the Yorktown Victory Center. Participants also will visit Historic Jamestowne, site of America’s first permanent English settlement administered by the National Park Service and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (on behalf of Preservation Virginia) and attend a Colonial Williamsburg African-American music program.

The schedule includes presentations on Powhatan Indian culture, the origins of the Jamestown colony, indentured servitude and slavery, the chronology of the American Revolution, and the seasonal cycle of work on an 18th-century farm as well as “A Sea Grammar” and “A School for the Soldier,” hands-on programs featuring 17th-century seamanship and 18th-century military life.

Before spending three mornings and early afternoons as costumed historical interpreters, the educators will attend workshops on historical clothing and interpretation theory and methods. 

The teacher institute is provided at no cost to the participants or their school districts through grants from a private family foundation. Fifteen educators were selected from a competitive pool of applicants.

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the Virginia state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, offers structured educational programs for students at the two museums and in outreach settings. Outreach programming was presented in 106 of Virginia’s 132 school districts during the 2012-13 school year. The Foundation also partners with Virginia school districts to train educators in historical content and hands-on teaching methodology.

For more information about Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation education programs, visit hif.ciniva.net.