Fort Ticonderoga Launches a Teacher Institute
Now Accepting Applications for July 2013
The Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute is a significant and new educational initiative underway in 2013 as Fort Ticonderoga extends its reach and educational impact through a variety of new programs this year. The focus of the 2013 Institute is “Benedict Arnold” and will accommodate 24 teachers for 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 Revolution on the Northern Frontier. Applications are now being accepted from educators to participate in the week-long program and are due on March 1. The Teacher Institute will be held July 7-12 at Fort Ticonderoga.
“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.”
“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,” noted Rich Strum, Fort Ticonderoga’s Director of Education and Institute Director. “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, Vermont 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 noted Arnold scholar James Kirby Martin, from the University of Houston. They’ll learn about Arnold’s role in the historic 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, current president of the New York State Council on the Social Studies, will interact with teachers throughout the week, leading them through pedagogical 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. 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.
Interested teachers can learn more by visiting the Fort Ticonderoga website at www.fortticonderoga.org. Click on the “Explore and Learn” tab and select “Educators” on the drop-down menu. Additional details and the application form are available on the website. Teachers can also contact Rich Strum directly at email@example.com.