War of 1812 Teacher Symposium
Wednesday, August 1 and Thursday, August 2, 2012
8:30 am to 3:00 pm | Cost: free
Registration information available here. Read a letter to teachers and principals with additional program information here (PDF).
Primarily intended for middle and high school teachers of all disciplines. Applications from others accepted on a space-available basis.
This symposium will address the impact that the War of 1812 had on Washington, DC, the White House, the Octagon Museum, and beyond. Teachers will learn about the War of 1812 and how student-designed video projects can be used in the classroom. At the completion of the teacher symposium, teachers will be able to sign up to participate in an international educational pilot program where students from the United States and Ghent would produce their interpretation of the War of 1812 as it impacted their countries. The classes would then meet to exchange video presentations and have a discussion about the war later in 2012.
Two guest speakers will lecture at the symposium: Anthony Pitch, a well known author and expert on the War of 1812, and possibly White House Curator Bill Allman, who will provide additional insight not only on the Madison's tenure in the White House, but also how historic artifacts that had been removed from the White House when the British attempted to destroy it on August 24, 1814, have found their way back into the White House collection.
On the second day, teachers will learn how to produce a video on the War of 1812 using primary documents, a storyboard, music, and sound effects to tell the story of the War of 1812 as it relates to the burning of Washington. At the end of the workshop, teachers will have a solid grasp of how to produce a 7-10 minute video in their classrooms with their students to tell the story of the War of 1812 as it relates to their state or district.