Educators to convene in Valley Forge to advance history education
Nearly 200 K-12 educators from across the nation to attend American Battlefield Trust’s annual National Teacher Institute


Teachers prepare for a charge at the 1st Minnesota monument at the Gettysburg battlefield during a previous teacher institute (Photo by Roger Bailey)

Approximately 200 K-12 educators will convene for the American Battlefield Trust’s annual National Teacher Institute, a career development conference to encourage history education from July 12 to 15 in Valley Forge, Pa.
The institute provides three and a half days of workshops, battlefield and museum tours and guest lectures to give educators the tools to more creatively and engagingly teach about the pivotal conflicts of America’s first century.
Participants will learn firsthand at key sites of the American Revolution and the Civil War, and come in close contact with artifacts, images and documents, the “real stuff” of history. Guests speakers include Penn State historian Dr. Carol Reardon, historian Dr. Chris Mackowski, and author David O. Stewart, who will lecture on historical myth-making and how our national identity developed during the course of the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. More than 200 teachers are expected from 24 states and the District of Columbia. Attendees will earn continuing education units and certifications through Virginia Tech University, helping career development for K-12 educators.
The nonprofit, nonpartisan American Battlefield Trust is dedicated to preserving America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educating the public about what happened there and why it matters today. Through its Teacher Institute, the Trust helps educators learn how to bring history to life for their students. The Trust serves educators faced with shrinking budgets by providing no-cost curriculum and resources including maps, animated videos, biographies, quizzes and more to help teach history.
The Trust also benefits students directly through its Field Trip Fund, which over the past three years has enabled 20,000 students from 23 states to visit 77 Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War history sites on actual battlefields such as Antietam, Gettysburg and Chattanooga, and dozens more where conflicts from America’s formative first century were fought.
“The American Battlefield Trust believes passionately in the power of teachers to inspire the students under their charge,” Trust president James Lighthizer said. “The Teacher Institute empowers teachers by fostering new approaches, different techniques and fresh perspectives to engage and inform students about U.S. history.”