First grade teachers will study Washington and Lincoln and how their words and deeds determined the course of the nation. Working with Dr. Ted Green of Webster University, and with UVA historian, Peter Henriques, teachers will study the background of the two Presidents through book talks and discussions.
Teachers will travel to Washington D.C. to participate in an artifact study at the Smithsonian Institute to promote teaching with Washington and Lincoln. Teachers will also study Mount Vernon. Throughout the school year teachers will participate in book studies and incorporate the concept into their classrooms. Teachers will return to the Smithsonian Institute for a three-day seminar in which they will visit historic sites and memorials as well as study at the National Portrait Gallery.
Saturday seminars will promote the use of literacy strategies and historical thinking. A visit to the Lincoln Library and historic sites will allow teachers to encounter Lincoln artifacts first hand. Teachers will share their expertise in a culminating social studies mini-conference.