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Springfield Armory Professional Development

The Western Massachusetts Writing Project, in collaboration with the Springfield Armory Historic Site and the Veterans Education Project, has been providing a variety of professional development opportunities to educators in the Pioneer Valley for a number of years now, thanks in part to support by the National Writing Project, the National Park Service and Mass Humanities. While some of the professional development opportunities are part of a youth summer camp project, other school-year courses are designed to immerse educators in local history projects.

Often, the professional development is designed to introduce and immerse the educators into the Armory itself, a historical landmark that sparked innovation and technology through manufacturing throughout the Pioneer Valley and beyond. For much of its history, the Springfield Armory was a key part of the United States military establishment, providing weapons and support during times of war and peace. The Armory itself, with its wealth of primary source materials, gives insights for teachers and students alike about the region over time. In one professional development program, participant educators -- spanning kindergarten through high school -- developed local history lesson plans and resources, and we share these examples in hopes that more teachers will explore the rich history of the communities where students live.

Sample Professional Development Agendas

Participants' Presentations and Lesson Plans

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