Teachers will have an opportunity to go to school this summer at Fort Ticonderoga. The fort has announced the creation of The Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute.
Teachers will have an opportunity to go to school this summer at Fort Ticonderoga.
The fort has announced the creation of The Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute.
“Fort Ticonderoga is thrilled to launch this new teacher initiative,” said Beth Hill, president and CEO of Fort Ticonderoga. “This important program, along with our other teacher programs, will nearly double our reach to school children in 2013 from 13,000 annual on-site visits, to nearly 24,000 through teacher instruction. It is a critical step forward in our ability to best serve the fort’s educational mission, further develop our learning campus and increase our impact.”
The focus of the July 7-12 teacher institute will be Benedict Arnold. Two dozen teachers will be accepted to take part in a week-long exploration of Arnold’s career during the early years of the American Revolution and how it connects to Fort Ticonderoga and the war for independence.
Interested teachers can learn more by visiting the Fort Ticonderoga website at www.fortticonderoga.org. Teachers can also contact Rich Strum, Fort Ticonderoga’s director of education and institute director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This is a great opportunity for teachers to spend a week immersed in a focused topic while at the same time learning techniques applicable throughout their teaching,” Strum said. “Full-time classroom teachers and school librarians in public, charter, independent and religiously-affiliated schools are eligible to apply.
“A new partnership with the College of St. Joseph in Rutland, Vt., will give participating teachers the opportunity to earn three graduate credits upon completion of a designated project,” said Strum. “Fort Ticonderoga offers this week-long experience with limited out-of-pocket costs for teachers.”
During the course of the week, teachers will work with Arnold scholar James Kirby Martin from the University of Houston. They’ll learn about Arnold’s role in the capture of Fort Ticonderoga on May 10, 1775, his command of a brigade at Ticonderoga in 1776 and then the American fleet on Lake Champlain, and his controversial role in the Battles at Saratoga in 1777.
Teachers will work with original documents in the Fort Ticonderoga collection, including Benedict Arnold’s “Declaration of Principles” written at Crown Point in June 1775.
Tim Potts, president of the New York State Council on the Social Studies, will interact with teachers throughout the week, leading them through activities applicable to the classroom.
Several immersive experiences will be presented as part of the teacher institute allowing for teachers to gain a greater appreciation of the day to day work of Continental soldiers that served under Arnold, Strum said. Teachers will become the crew of a 30-foot bateau on Lake Champlain, construct a temporary brush shelter and work with Fort Ticonderoga’s new equestrian program, learning how a horse is harnessed to pull a cart.