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.

Summer 2018 we are offering summer professional development OPPORTUNITIES

 July 10-12, 2018; 9 AM – 3 PM

Artifacts & Archives: Using Primary Source Material to Teach WWII

This summer, July 10-12, the Museum will offer teachers enrolled in this 3-day workshop exclusive access to the collection and the opportunity to learn more about the War, effective techniques for incorporating primary sources in the middle and high school history classroom, and strategies for highlighting the relevance of this history to events in the news today.

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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.

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