14 May 2019

Spark a Lifelong Love of History

Spark a Lifelong Love of History

A recent study concerning education in America asked participants to use one word to describe their experience in a history classroom. "Boring" was the single most frequent descriptor used by the respondents.

If you are anything like us, you'll agree that the story of America is far from boring, and a strong classroom experience is fundamental to a lifelong love of history. Without history education, many of you would not have found the spark which ignited your passion for the past, and for battlefield preservation.

So, how do we spark this same interest in the next generation of students? We do it by making history fun, relevant and engaging—and we start with the people who are educating our kids—teachers. If we can provide educators with innovative ways to teach this vital subject, they will have a dramatic impact in the classroom.

For the past 19 years, the American Battlefield Trust has hosted our annual National Teacher Institute—a free event for K-12 educators, sponsored by members like you. At the Institute, educators are given world-class lectures, workshops, think-tanks and tours led by experts in history and education. It is our goal for each educator to leave the institute with a better understanding of the subject and new, innovative methods to engage students. We believe that teachers are the great multiplier. The more teachers that we empower and equip with knowledge, the greater the number of students that will be changed in a positive way, forever.

In addition to the outstanding sessions that we offer to educators at the National Teacher Institute, we also provide every teacher with the opportunity to receive a continuing education certificate from Virginia Tech. And, some fortunate teachers are also provided with a travel scholarship to help offset the costs of traveling to and from the Institute.

In almost two decades we have provided training to more than 2,000 educators. And those educators touched the lives of more than 2,000,000 students across the United States. We can't make any of this happen without the support of members like you. I hope that you will make a gift to support this worthwhile endeavor, as we strive to spark the love of history in a new generation.

Your help is needed to spark the love of history in the next generation. Please help us raise $15,000 to support our educators across the United States through our National Teacher Institute in July!


American Battlefield Trust

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