Professional Development

Professional Development

Professional Development

We offer summer institutes and half day department visits. These have the same experiential, multi-disciplinary qualities that are the hallmarks of our school visits.

Professional Development Institutes

Our professional development institutes offer teachers unusually close access to materials normally available only to professional historians and academics. Teachers participating in International Museum of World War II professional development institutes refresh their historical knowledge, and discover new ways to teach students the skills involved in primary source analysis.

Our approach for students and for teachers is hands on. We believe in the power of original artifacts to engage and instruct, to share their emotional content, and to reveal their stories.

Professional points, graduate credit, and priority visits

Teachers participating in our professional development workshops can receive professional points, graduate credit, and priority visits for their students.

Key features of our professional development institutes

  • Orientation to the Museum and its collections.
  • Extended access to the Museum’s original artifacts, letters and documents to develop lesson plans and other curricular materials.
  • Instruction on teaching with primary sources, which also includes posters.
  • Engagement with and coaching by college and university history scholars, as well as a cohort of fellow teachers.

Summer 2017 we are offering three summer professional development institutes

June 27 and June 28, 2017

Designing Curriculum Based on Original Documents and Artifacts at The International Museum of World War II

This workshop is generously support by grant funding from the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation.

Overview

Middle and high school history teachers from ACCEPT Education Collaborative districts will research, discuss, and develop lessons through access to exhibits and selected archives of The International Museum of World War II. Teachers may choose to create a new curriculum area or enhance an area that is already taught in their classroom. The curricula developed may either be freestanding or utilized in conjunction with student visits at the Museum in 2017-18. Teachers will have discretion in their topic selection and will develop lessons based on their specific course assignments and interests, as well as their district and school priorities. (Since the collection and archives are voluminous, a slightly more focused range of topics will be decided ahead of the workshop, based on input from high school teachers and department heads. This will allow for planning and access to the most pertinent parts of the collection.) Additionally, a distinguished scholar from a local university will present, lead discussion, and link his expertise to the Museum’s collection.

Target Audience

Middle and high school history/social studies teachers and curriculum coordinators. The course is open to ACCEPT member districts and this workshop is FREE.

PDPs

Each participant will earn 11 PDPs upon completion of the workshop.

Additional Information

Course materials will be distributed on-site and will include historical writings on World War II, quality reproductions of Museum collection highlights for classroom use, and readings on material culture, as well as teaching with primary resources.

July 11th to July 13th

Designing Curriculum Based on Original Documents and Artifacts at The International Museum of World War II

This workshop is generously supported by grant funding from the Foundation for MetroWest.

Overview

Over three days of research, discussion, and lesson development, middle school and high school history teachers from EDCO Collaborative districts will access the exhibits and selected archives of The International Museum of World War II, in order to develop new lessons and refresh piece of curricula related to any aspect of World War II. Additionally, a distinguished scholar will present, lead discussion, and link his expertise to the Museum’s collection.

Additional Information

There is no cost to attend, but it is only open to EDCO members. Seating is limited.

Credit Option

Participants may choose to register for one graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125. Registration forms will be available on or before the first day of class.

July 17th to July 18th

Energize Your STEAM Curriculum with Primary Sources at The International Museum of World War II

Over this two day, TPS Level 1 and 2, workshop, STEAM educators will explore thousands of World War II primary source documents and artifacts, accessing the exhibits and selected archives of The International Museum of World War II. Participants will explore primary sources, engage in discussion and make connections between their content areas and the primary sources. In addition to the Museum’s comprehensive collection of primary sources, which includes over 7,500 artifacts and 500,000 documents and photographs in the research archives, we will use the Library of Congress’s archives and Teaching with Primary Sources teaching tools to build inquiry connections and new opportunities for learning. By the end of this two day workshop, teachers will have created new standards-based lessons utilizing the power of primary sources.

This workshop is generously supported by a grant from the Library of Congress and a private donor.

Departmental Visits

We welcome the opportunity to work with department faculty on professional half-days. We offer an introduction to the Museum’s collection as well as time to explore the collection independently. The goal is to inspire the creation of World War II-focused lesson plans, or to enhance existing ones.

We will share our lesson plans with you and offer ideas for adapting them to suit a variety of student interests and ability levels. While the Museum is a natural choice for history faculty, the collection is so multi-disciplinary, that it is suitable for a broad spectrum of faculty. Art, technology, oratory, pageantry, sociology, psychology, communications, to name a few, are all strong collections. The perspective is global, as is the world students live in today.

8 Mercer Road
Natick, MA 01760

Sue Wilkins
Director of Education
508-655-3701
swilkins@imwwii.org