By Shira Gladstone
Over the last year and a half, several Civil War related historic sites in the DC area have formed the Civil War Washington Museum Consortium to provide quality professional development for area teachers. This collaboration, made up of President Lincoln’s Cottage, Ford’s Theatre Society, Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, and Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, works with educators to enhance their understanding of Washington during the Civil War through place-based learning techniques. The Consortium offers week-long summer workshops and periodic workshops during the academic year to teachers both local and nationwide.
On Tuesday, January 26th, more than fifty educators from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia attended An Evening for Educators hosted by the CWWMC and held at President Lincoln’s Cottage. This event allowed elementary, middle school, and high school teachers to explore the array of hands-on, engaging programs that the CWWMC has to offer for students of all ages. Museum educators were on hand to answer questions about education programs offered by their respective sites and provide teachers with classroom resources. Educators were also able to explore the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center, as well as take a tour of the first floor of the Cottage. The night was a great success in building vital relationships between local teachers and Consortium sites!