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Teacher Workshops

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Teachers discuss ideas during a professional development workshop led by a park ranger.
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We offer a variety of workshops encompassing many interests and grade levels. History is our focus and components from multiple disciplines are frequently utilized from many curriculum areas. These workshops are hands-on learning experiences that involve using Independence National Historical Park as a classroom. It is a classroom where there is much to learn, to teach, and to encounter.

Upcoming Programs and Events

Resources for Educators
Get ideas, lesson plans, tour outlines and more to make the most of a field trip to Independence National Historical Park. Join us for this FREE workshop.

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Time: 9:30am - 1pm
Cost: FREE

To register, contact Education Program Manager Jeffrey Collins by email.


Benjamin Franklin - A Man for All Times
Learn practical ideas for teaching about Dr. Franklin. Teachers of all grade levels are welcome to attend.

Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Time: 1:15pm - 4:30pm
Cost: $15

To register, contact Education Program Manager Jeffrey Collins by email.


Programs for School Districts

The Independence Park Institute offers full and half day guided programs for groups of teachers. Two sample agenda are offered here, but we can easily design a custom tour to suit your curriculum and travel plans.

IPI Professional Development Programs (3.5 hours)

IPI Professional Development Programs (7 hours)

For additional information about professional development opportunities please call us at 215-597-2760 or

Did You Know?

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Many American patriots owned slaves before, during or after the Revolution. Here are a few you might know: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Rush, James Madison, Robert Morris, and James Wilson. Many of them spoke out against slavery, but only Washington freed 124 people by his will.