An Institute for Teachers

Land and Life on the Colonial Plantation: 
From Jamestown to Stratford

July 24-27, 2013

From the afternoon of July 24 through noon on July 27, 2013, teachers from across Virginia and the nation will have the opportunity to experience life on the land and experience the life of an 18th-century colonial plantation, Stratford Hall, on the Potomac River south of Washington, DC.  Tidewater history and geography will be viewed through the lives of American Indians, enslaved Africans, and European settlers, all within the scope of the Virginia Standards of Learning and national standards in the social studies disciplines through (1) lectures by resident professors and guest speakers, (2) field excursions to sites on the plantation (Great House and gardens, slave quarters, gristmill and landing) and off the plantation (Washington’s birthplace at Pope’s Creek), and (3) classroom application sessions that will give participants a chance to plan lessons for the year ahead.  No one can go back in time to learn history, but you can learn from the places where history was made, the preserved and reconstructed landscapes of times past, and the documentary evidence of the people who were the building blocks of our nation.

The Institute faculty includes: Dr. Dawn Bowen (University of Mary Washington); Dr. Kevin Hardwick and Dr. James Wilson (James Madison University); and Dr. Don Zeigler (Old Dominion University).

Applications are now being accepted from teachers of United States and Virginia studies and pre-service teachers.  Teachers selected to participate in the institute will receive Mary Dell Pritzlaff Fellowships, which cover tuition, lodging and most meals.  The costs that participants will have to cover are their transportation to and from Stratford and two evening meals.  To apply, please print out an  annual teacher institute 2013 application form and mail to Jon Bachman, Coordinator of Educational Events, Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Rd., Stratford, VA 22558 or fax it to 804-493-0333. The application deadline is April 27, 2013; since the program is limited to 25 participants, applicants are urged to apply as soon as possible.

Earn Graduate Credit

The University of Richmond, School of Professional and Continuing Studies, offers an option for educators to earn 3 hours of graduate credit while attending the Stratford Hall Teachers Institute.  Earning graduate credit while attending the institute provides a unique opportunity for teachers to participate with other professionals in a dynamic professional development event while completing online course requirements that will be targeted for and relevant to their K-12 classroom while earning 90 license renewal points.  Download and complete the New Student Application/Registration and submit it to the School of Professional & Continuing Studies. Doing so will register you for this course.

The University of Richmond is honored to have educators consider earning graduate credit while attending this institute.  To show our appreciation for the work accomplished by school personnel, educators are eligible for our Teacher Professional Development Graduate Tuition Rate of $840.00.  Make payments to the Bursar’s Office following the schedule posted on the Student Accounts page (controller.richmond.edu/tuition or contact the Bursar’s Office at 804-289-8147)

Please direct any inquiries about the Institute to Jon Bachman via email or call 804-493-1972.

Economic Life in Colonial Virginia is sponsored by Mary Dell Pritzlaff and the Virginia Geographic Alliance.