Fort Ligonier’s teacher programs are designed to provide inspiring and creative ideas for integrating history into multiple areas of the curriculum. Fort Ligonier Teacher workshop participants will gain insight, ideas, lesson plans, and activities to take back to the classroom. Participants will also walk away with content knowledge of our local history during the French and Indian War.
Each session demonstrates how to take historical facts, artifacts, a historic place, and immerse them with creative thought that will result in higher student engagement. All programs emphasize multiple disciplinary teaching and are aligned to state and national standards. Upon completion of the workshop, Fort Ligonier will submit your Act 48 hours to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
A typical schedule includes: morning workshop presentations and activities, lunch, a visit to the museum store to check out our collection of teacher resources, a guided tour of our historic site to view our amazing collection of primary source materials, afternoon presentations and activities. Participants will develop and share a lesson plan using the information learned throughout the day.
The cost is $45.00 per workshop. The price includes workshop materials, a catered box lunch, and admission to Fort Ligonier. To register for one of the programs listed, or to schedule a workshop for your group, please contact Director of Education, Mary Manges at: 724-238-9701 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 Professional Development Workshops:
History and Language Arts
Friday, June 14, 2013
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Join Guest Presenter Ralph Kinney Bennett to create a lesson plan to take back to the classroom and use immediately. During this workshop, participants will explore literacy practices that naturally lend themselves to learning historical content and can be infused seamlessly as an instructional tool rather than an assignment.
Poetry, Art and History
Wednesday, June 26, and Saturday, November 9
9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
Educational researchers and theorists long ago demonstrated the powerful connection between writing and learning. According to Bruner, Emig, and Vygotsky, learners have been found to understand better when they can make sense of new information through reading, writing, speaking, listening, or visualizing. During this workshop, participants will learn through activities how to seamlessly integrate poetry and art into the history curriculum.
Writing with Primary Sources
Friday, June 28, and Thursday, August 1, 2013
9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
Discover how to use primary sources as a springboard for writing in your classroom. Participants will explore the importance and educational rationale for the use of primary source material as a higher level thinking tool, will actively engage in the practice of various writing activities with primary sources, and will be provided time to work in an individualized lesson plan for use in their classroom.
Building and Defending a Fort: Where STEM & History Collide!
Wednesday, July 10, and Wednesday, November 6, 2013
9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
Historic sites aren’t just about history. Behind the history exists a lot of math, science, reading, writing, and art. By taking a multi-disciplinary look at the historical events, contexts, and places one can see how the act of building and defending a fortress, such as Fort Ligonier, involved multiple disciplines. Through this workshop, teacher participants will engage with museum professionals to explore each content area’s involvement into the history of Fort Ligonier.
Making a Museum Visit a Literacy Adventure
Wednesday, August 7, and Friday, December 6
Field trips are a fun experience for students and teachers, but they also hold great educational value. Museums, historic sites, and other cultural centers provide a place for students to put to the test the many literacy skills they are taught in school. From traditional literacy found in way-finding signage, timelines, and captions to the visual literacy of exhibits, artifacts, portraits, charts and diagrams – museums are full of real-world literacy opportunities. During this workshop, participants will learn how to relate academic reading and writing skills to real-world literacy in a museum setting. Participants will leave with practical activities to use on any field trip and an arsenal of justification for field trips as worthwhile learning activities.