Teacher Workshops

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Teachers can explore and share a variety of ideas and techniques in ranger-led professional development workshops.

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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.

Summer Teachers Institute
Philadelphia Campaign in the Headlines

Dates: July 10-14, 2017
Cost: $100
Location: Brandywine, Paoli, Germantown, Valley Forge, and Philadelphia. Transportation provided each day from Valley Forge.

Using a variety of primary source materials as well as place-based learning, participants will explore the 1777-1778 Campaign around Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Campaign was a pivotal turning point in the American Revolution and is easily explored today in the historic areas surrounding Philadelphia. This professional development workshop will provide teachers with primary source materials, instructional strategies, and history content to enrich teaching the American Revolution.

For more information and an application, download the flier.

To register contact Education Program Manager Jeffrey Collins by email.


Summer Teachers Institute
Pottery and Pixels: New Ways to Teach the Forgotten Story of Free Blacks in Colonial America

Dates: July 17-21, 2017
Cost: $100
Application Deadline: May 30, 2017

Participants in this 5-day workshop will collaborate with historians, archaeologists, curators, interpreters, and digital media experts. The program begins at Independence Park with 3 days of information sessions, hands-on activities, and site tours. On day 4 participants meet nearby at Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design to see how this new African American history is being interpreted using virtual reality (immersive landscapes and 3D printing). Educators spend the final day collectively exploring new ways for teaching this forgotten part of American history.

For more information and an application, download the flier.

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 contact us via e-mail or call us at 215-597-2760


Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

143 S. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


(215) 965-2305

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