The focus of this year’s institute is “The French & Indian War: Ticonderoga at the Center of a Global Conflict” and will accommodate 12 teachers for a week-long exploration of the pivotal role that Ticonderoga and the Champlain-Hudson corridor played in the global contest for empire.
“The Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute is a great addition to our annual programs for educators,” said Beth Hill, President and CEO of Fort Ticonderoga. “This important program builds on the success of our first teacher institute in 2013 and our on-going experience with the National Endowment for the Humanities teacher workshops we’ve hosted. Fort Ticonderoga has become a nationally recognized leader in teacher education.”
“Fort Ticonderoga is thrilled to offer this unique opportunity for a small group of teachers to spend a week digging into the wealth of documents, objects, and material culture related to a specific year at Fort Ticonderoga,” noted Rich Strum, Fort Ticonderoga’s Director of Education and the Institute Director. “Full-time classroom teachers and school librarians in public, charter, independent, and religiously-affiliated schools are eligible to apply.”
“Our growing partnership with the Castleton State College in Vermont gives participating teachers the opportunity to earn three graduate credits upon completion of the designated project,” said Strum. “Fort Ticonderoga offers this week-long experience with limited out-of-pocket costs for teachers.”
Lead Scholar Jon Parmenter, from Cornell University, provides historical context while Fort Ticonderoga staff provides participants with behind-the-scenes opportunities, practical sessions on integrating documents and artifacts into the classroom, and immersive experiences related to the life of soldiers fighting for King and Country in the Ticonderoga wilderness. Participants are selected through a competitive application process.
Applications are due April 15. Successful applicants will be notified by April 25 and will have until May 1, 2015 to accept or decline the offer.
Interested teachers can learn more by visiting Fort Ticonderoga’s website at www.fort-ticonderoga.org. Click on the “Education” tab and select “Educators” on the drop-down menu. Additional details and the application form are available on the website. Any questions can be directed toward Rich Strum at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 585-6370.
The Fort Ticonderoga Association is an independent not-for-profit educational organization which preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched 18th-century earthworks surviving in America. Fort Ticonderoga offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year and is open for daily visitation May through November.
Photo of participants in the 2014 Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute provided.