Who is Eligible

Middle and high school teachers in art, social studies, English, and language arts who hold a valid West Virginia teaching license and currently teach in grades 6-12 in one of the following areas: art, English/language arts, social studies/history/geography.

Teachers must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher.

In addition, teachers must:

  • be committed to continue teaching in West Virginia for at least one academic year after the Institute takes place;
  • be dedicated to working in collaboration with fellow teachers;
  • be willing to apply and share insights gained in the classroom and with fellow educators.

What the Teacher Institute provides:

  • Lodging (shared rooms or suites) and meals
  • Transportation to Washington D.C. or other cities for museum visits
  • Three credit hours of professional development (900 level). Teachers already enrolled in a graduate program at WVU may register for graduate credit.

To receive professional development credit, contact WVU Extended Learning at 1-800-253-2762. Grant funds will cover the costs of professional development credit (up to $130) or may be applied to graduate credit fees.

In the selection process, the Teacher Institute will strive for a balance of disciplines, grade levels and geographic locations throughout West Virginia. Multi-disciplinary groups of 3 to 4 teachers from the same school or county school system are encouraged to apply. Teachers who participated in past Teacher Institutes are eligible to attend all future Teacher Institutes.

Contact Dr. Joyce Ice by e-mail Joyce.Ice@mail.wvu.edu or phone 304-293-6825.

Please see the information below about past Teacher Institutes and check back for information about future institutes.

About the 2012 Teacher Institute

This five-day Institute for middle and high school teachers presented an integrated approach to the understanding and teaching of how the radical transformations in art, music, dance, and literature in the early 20th century came to define Modernism. These pivotal art forms were the focus of a series of presentations, discussions, and first-hand observations, as participants explored how this cultural shift took place and why it proved to be so influential.

Using a cross-disciplinary approach to the historical study of art forms that emerged in Paris in the early 20th century, the Institute centered on the integrated study of works of art in the collection of the Art Museum of West Virginia University and of museums in Washington, D.C., as well as historical documentation of performances and presentations of early Modern music, dance, and literature.

Teachers worked in teams to develop lesson plans to encourage critical thinking, not only about Modernism, but also about those factors which create monumental cultural change, in keeping with the West Virginia Department of Education’s Content Standards and Objectives for the subject matter and grade levels represented in the Institute.

Photos from the 2012 Teacher Institute

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