Teachers Network and Conference
Typically in American public high schools teachers reach approximately 150 students per year. Multiply that by thirty or more years and nearly 5,000 lives are transformed by the power of one individual. Educational tools in the hands of committed and passionate teachers can go a long way in ending American cultural amnesia.
An annual national teacher institute held in Washington, DC will facilitate the kind of teaching that will inspire lifelong learning and breathe new life into the values that brought freedom to the world. Teachers throughout the country would travel to DC, at no cost to them, and participate in lectures, discussions, and tours led by renowned historians and award-winning educators. Additionally, Friends hopes to provide teachers with tools, resources, and training to connect with and engage their students using digital technology and mobile applications in order to create a rich and multi-layered learning experience filled with sight and sound that brings to life the stories of millions of people who helped the nation during its darkest hours of the 20th century.
Conference participants will return to their communities with a purpose and a commitment. Through a thoroughly prepared and well-devised community engagement program, our educators will share what they learned during their time in Washington, DC with their students, fellow teachers, and the community at-large. The result will be countless service-learning initiatives popping up across the nation that promote critical thinking and personal reflection while encouraging a heightened sense of community, civic engagement, and personal responsibility.
The World War II era was a unique moment in time when the nation was unified with a sense of purpose and mission to defeat forces of tyranny and oppression. The Friends’ Teachers Conference will bring that spirit of unity to countless towns and cities across the country and help to create the next Greatest Generation of tomorrow.
The Friends of the National World War II Memorial’s education programs are generously supported by the
Jack C. Taylor / Enterprise Rent-A-Car WWII Memorial Education Endowment.