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Visiting History: A Professional Development Guide

How do you make the world a classroom for teachers? How do you create good professional development in the field? Learn strategies for creating quality professional development experiences using the museums, historic sites, archives, and cultural institutions in your own backyard or across the country.

Each section includes:

  • Video examples in the field
  • Guiding questions
  • Practical tips and strategies

Explore videos and examples from Washington, DC, to inspire your next professional development trip. With a little planning, site visits can be meaningful for teachers and for their students back in the classroom.

Many thanks to the educators from DC area museums and cultural organizations (the DC Museum Collaborative) who volunteered their expertise and time to help in the production of this guide.


Preparing a visit that balances content and strategies [...] »


Teacher on professional development trip, Chris Preperato, Teachinghistory.org Creating a learning experience that meets the group's needs [...] »


Teaching at professional development, Chris Preperato, Teachinghistory.org Sustaining momentum and connecting it to the classroom [...] »