What You Learn

Designed for teachers within their five years of teaching, this program will provide six days of interactive and engaging sessions of classroom content topics and applications. Selected teachers will explore various topics of U.S. History such as Valley Forge, the Whiskey Rebellion, American Innovation, Captains of Industry/Robber Barons, Watergate, 9/11, and many more as they connect to the Constitution. Throughout the institute, participants will work in cohorts including 4 teachers and a veteran mentor teacher that has been exceptional in the classroom as well as making contributions to the profession outside of the classroom. Cohorts will discuss topics and work together to create lessons and activities to be used in their classrooms.

There will also be sessions focused on classroom leadership, conferencing with students, artifact analysis, and site visits to such places as Valley Forge Park, the Thomas Edison Historical Site, and Washington’s Crossing to explore their historical connection to constitutional issues. This will be a dynamic institute for early career teachers who will leave with a renewed passion for our country, its history and form of government, and with many tools to share these with their students.

Participants will engage with one another through discussion, group activities, and analyzing resources to use in their classrooms. Participants will also visit the National Constitution Center and the historic Union League of Philadelphia where Frederick Douglass visited and spoke.

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Scholarships & Travel Stipends

Scholarships are available for every accepted applicant.

We know the powerful difference access to this experience makes in the life of a teacher and, in turn, the lives and experiences of their students.

This unprecedented opportunity is made possible because of our generous donors and partners. Because of our donors, our scholarship program removes the financial barriers of access to continuing education.

Travel stipends may be also be available upon program acceptance. For more information on travel stipend availability contact us at grad@ffvf.org.

Accreditation

Credit hours and costs vary per seminar. All participants will receive a certificate for the hours of professional development completed, regardless of registering for grad credit. Please contact Freedoms Foundation’s Education Department to find out more.

What teachers are saying about our program

“The seminar was an extremely rewarding experience. The information that was taught and shared helped me further my own knowledge and education, and it also helped me come up with pedagogical material to use in my U.S. government classes.”

– Tabitha

“I was amazed by the excellent quality of speakers and extremely well-run program. This was one of the strongest professional development seminars I have attended. I cannot wait to bring my newfound knowledge to my students.”

– Mandy

“After a school year like no other, it was amazing to be invigorated with new ways to engage my students in historical context.”

– Kevin

“After a year of uncertainty, it was nice to be back around educators who share a love of history like I do. I made new friends, saw new places, and I am forever thankful for that.”

– Thomas

“The seminar helped renew my energy and drive. I look forward to using the resources I obtained and introducing over 600 students to the lessons provided.”

– Melaney

FAQs

Cost

How much does it cost?

Individual teacher seminars start at $1,500. A majority of teachers qualify for financial assistance through scholarships and travel stipends. Freedoms Foundation can assist you in identifying the sponsorships available. Contact us today.

General

What types of seminars are available?

Freedoms Foundation offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of the modern educator. Seminars at the Valley Forge campus focus on compelling subjects such as the First Amendment, War on Terror, World War II, and Constitutional Convention and Ratification. Our traveling workshop covers the American Revolution South. 

Are courses accredited?

Credit hours and costs vary per seminar. All participants will receive a certificate for the hours of professional development completed, regardless of registering for grad credit. Please contact Freedoms Foundation’s Education Department to find out more.

When do applications open?

Applications will open to Joshua Chamberlain League members on November 21, 2022 and to the public on December 1, 2022.

When will I receive notification of my acceptance?

The first round of acceptance notifications will begin on or before February 28, 2023. Subsequent acceptances will be processed on a rolling basis. Please direct questions to grad@ffvf.org.

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