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Teacher Recertification – History

Learning for Teachers – Experience Richard Bland College’s Recertification Courses

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Richard Bland College of William & Mary offers hands-on summer courses for teachers to fulfill their professional requirements through non-traditional learning, both inside and outside of the classroom.

  • History: The Civil War and More

    • Slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction, June 27-July 1
      This five-day course will examine the U.S. Civil War from its origins through its aftermath. Students will examine the institution of antebellum slavery, what it meant for black and white southerners, and how it fueled southern secession. Major campaigns, strategies and tactics will be studied through field trips to Richmond area Civil War sites. The class will also discuss techniques for teaching the Civil War in the classroom, and the week will end with the story of Reconstruction, its successes and failures.

      Lincoln, Davis, Grant & Lee: The Last Year of The Civil War, July 18-22
      This five-day course will focus on the U.S. Civil War in the Eastern Theater from the spring of 1864 through the surrender at Appomattox Court House. The roles of Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee will be closely examined. Two days of field trips will provide in-depth views of the Petersburg and Appomattox Campaigns. The experiences of southern civilians also will be addressed. Students will learn educational techniques for teaching the Civil War in the classroom.

  • About the Instructor

    • Al Neale is a history educator. He holds a bachelors and a master’s degree in American government.  For 16 years, he managed education programs at Richmond area history museums, including Pamplin Historical Park & the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier. Al currently teaches Recertification classes on the Civil War and on the U.S. Constitution. He also serves as instructor for the Road Scholar Program at Virginia Commonwealth University and as director of education for a history education organization.

      Al also teaches American history through music and storytelling. He specializes in 18th and 19th century music played in authentic styles on original and reproduction instruments. His programs are presented at schools, museums, historic sites, history tours, and special events.


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