"British Perspectives on the American Revolution"
July 10-15, 2016
Fort Ticonderoga invites teachers to apply to participate in the 2016 Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute focused on “British Perspectives on the American Revolution.”
Twelve teachers will spend a week at Fort Ticonderoga learning about the American Revolution from the point of view of the British, German allies, and Loyalists while learning about the pivotal role Ticonderoga and the Champlain-Hudson corridor played during the 1777 campaign. Visiting scholars Todd Braisted and Don Hagist provide historical context while Fort Ticonderoga staff provides participants with behind-the-scenes opportunities, practical sessions on integrating documents and artifacts into the classroom, and immersive experiences related to the life of soldiers fighting for control of this pivotal wilderness outpost. Participants are selected through a competitive application process.
Structure, Content, and Faculty
The Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute features lecture-discussions with visiting scholars Todd Braisted and Don Hagist. Todd Braisted, of the Loyalist Institute, and author Don Hagist will each spend two days with institute participants. Also included are guided tours and activities with the Fort’s Education and Interpretation staff related to the soldier experience at Ticonderoga during the crucial 1777 campaign. Teacher facilitator Tim Potts provides activities revolving around artifacts and documents in Fort Ticonderoga’s renowned collections linked to the Common Core, C3 Frameworks, and state learning standards.
Richard Strum, Fort Ticonderoga’s Director of Education, serves as Institute Director. Rich has 26 years experience in the museum education field and has been at Fort Ticonderoga since 1999. He is the author of two books for young readers related to the American Revolution.
Timothy Potts has taught middle level Social Studies for 26 years at the Robert J. Kaiser Middle School in Monticello, New York. He is the immediate Past President of the New York State Council for Social Studies and was elected in 2012 to the steering committee of the National Council for Social Studies. Tim has presented at numerous local, state, and national conferences on innovative ways to teach Social Studies.
Todd Braisted is one of our Visiting Scholars for the week. Todd is the founder of the Loyalist Institute and author of several books, including The Loyalist Corps: Americans in Service of the King. He is a contributor to the Journal of the American Revolution.
Don Hagist is one of our Visiting Scholars for the week. Don’s work has focused on the British during the American Revolution. He is the author of several books, including British Soldiers, American War. Don is also the editor of the Journal of the American Revolution.
Eligibility & Application
Full-time classroom teachers and librarians in public, charter, independent, and religiously-affiliated schools, as well as home-schooling parents, are eligible to participate.
The most important part of the completed application is an essay of up to one double-spaced page. This essay should include information about your professional background and interest in the subject of the Institute; your special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the Institute; and how the experience would enhance your teaching or school service.
Additionally, applicants should submit a letter of recommendation from the principal of your school or a letter from a department head or peer in support of your application.
Your completed application should be postmarked no later than April 15, 2016, and should be addressed as follows:
The Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center at Fort Ticonderoga serves as the Institute base throughout the week. Housed within the recreated Magasin du Roi (King’s Warehouse), the Mars Education Center opened in 2008 and provides modern classroom and meeting spaces for the Fort’s expanding education programs.
Fort Ticonderoga, its museum, the Thompson-Pell Research Center, and the historic landscape will also be utilized during the week. The French began construction of Fort Carillon (Ticonderoga) in 1755 during the French & Indian War. It fell to the British in 1759, who renamed it Ticonderoga. In 1775 Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold led a successful raid to capture the Fort for the colonial cause. In 1777, British and German forces under General John Burgoyne successfully recaptured the Fort.
Fort Ticonderoga fell into ruin after the Revolution. William Ferris Pell purchased the Fort and its surrounding garrison grounds in 1820, preserving the ruins of the Fort. His great-grandson and his wife, Stephen and Sarah Pell, began restoring Fort Ticonderoga in 1909. Today, Fort Ticonderoga is owned by the non-profit Fort Ticonderoga Association, which preserves the Fort and 2,000 surrounding acres.
We have arranged for Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute participants to be housed at the Best Western Plus Ticonderoga Inn and Suites, based on double occupancy. A limited number of single rooms are available as well. Teachers will pay $50 per night for the cost of the room (teachers requesting a single room will pay $100 per night).The Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute will pay the remainder of the cost of the room. In order to get the discounted rate, Fort Ticonderoga will pay the bill; the teacher’s share will be paid to Fort Ticonderoga.
In addition to $50/night towards housing, accepted teachers will need to confirm their participation with a $150 payment. The $150 will be refunded to participants upon completion of their projects due September 15, 2016. Teachers wishing to earn three graduate credits will need to make a separate tuition payment of $345.
Teacher requiring graduate credits can accrue them through an arrangement with Castleton University in Castleton, Vermont. To earn three graduate credits, teachers must meet course requirements by September 15, 2016.
Deadline and Notification
Applications must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by April 25, 2016, and will have until May 1, 2016, to accept or decline the offer.
From Past Participants
Click Here for Classroom Lessons and Activities created by previous participants.
Thank you for your interest. You can contact Rich Strum if you have any questions or need additional information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 585-6370. We anticipate an engaging, enlightening, and enjoyable week at Fort Ticonderoga and look forward to receiving your application.