The National WWII Museum offers exciting opportunities for educators across the country to experience online teacher professional development. These virtual sessions, led by Museum educators and experts, explore the history and lessons of various WWII topics. Participants receive historical background and classroom-ready lesson plans, view rare WWII video footage, study relevant artifacts, discuss strategies for teaching each topic in the classroom, and learn about the teaching resources available from The National WWII Museum. No special technology needed—hundreds of teachers can connect to the Museum at once via a classroom or home computer to view live, interactive programs that provide engaging and new ways to incorporate WWII in the classroom.
Who Can Participate: Online teacher professional development is designed for 7th-12th grade social studies teachers, but teachers across all subject areas and grade levels are welcome to join.
Cost: All online teacher professional development sessions are free for participants.
Summer Teacher Webinars
The National WWII Museum is excited to offer online professional development webinars, designed for educators who teach the history of World War II to middle school through high school-aged students. Two separate weeks of webinars will present detailed material on topics and themes related to WWII, including Liberation in Europe, the War in the Pacific, and the Home Front. Each week will feature an interactive lecture with noted WWII scholars, an overview of the Museum’s free educational resources, and discussions on how to apply those materials led by alumni Master Teachers.
Registration is free and open to all teachers. Upon registration, teachers will receive access information for the weekly webinars, and a code to access an online collection of resources, including readings, videos, and a discussion board where participants can interact with each other, along with the Museum’s education staff.
Dates & Themes
July 20–24: "Liberation in Europe, Exploring the End of World War II"
July 27–31: "The War in the Pacific and the Home Front"
All webinars will run live at 2:00 pm CST for each day.
"Liberation in Europe, Exploring the End of World War II"
In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, The National WWII Museum will feature an in-depth exploration of the final months of the war in Europe. With coverage of topics related to the discovery and liberation of Nazi concentration camps, to the formal surrender of Nazi forces, this week of webinars will take an in-depth look at the end of WWII in Europe following the 75th anniversary of V-E Day. Teachers who register will receive access to the full week of online programming.
Monday, July 20: Tune in to listen to a live and interactive presentation by Dr. Rob Citino, Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian and Executive Direction of the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy at The National WWII Museum. Dr. Citino will offer a lecture on the history of the end of the war in Europe, with time left for Q&A with attending teachers.
Wednesday, July 22: Join us for an in-depth presentation of the Museum’s curriculum and online educational resources that focus on liberation in Europe. With lesson plans, oral histories, overview essays, and interactive maps, participating teachers will gain detailed knowledge about the wealth of free educational materials offered through the Museum’s classroom website.
Friday, July 24: In the final webinar for the week, educators who tune in will hear directly from a teacher about the best practices in applying the Museum’s curricular resources to teach the end of WWII in Europe. Featuring an alumnus of the Museum’s summer teacher programs, and a trained Master Teacher in the Museum’s educational resources, this interactive presentation will give educators the opportunity to see the application of these resources in action, with discussions on the use of the Museum’s curriculum in both in-class and online formats.
"The War in the Pacific and the Home Front"
The second week of online professional development programming will look at the War in the Pacific, and the ways the Pacific theater of the war affected life on the Home Front. From the attack on Pearl Harbor that pushed the United States to enter WWII, to the surrender of the Japanese Empire aboard the USS Missouri, participating teachers will gain insight into the unique nature of warfare in the Pacific, and the fear it created within the United States. This week of webinars will help teachers incorporate the history of the Pacific theater into their classrooms, while commemorating the 75th anniversary of V-J Day and the formal end of WWII. Teachers who register will receive access to the full week of online programming.
Monday, July 27: Join us for a live and interactive presentation by scholar Richard B. Frank, noted expert on the Pacific theater of WWII, with a special focus on the Asia Pacific War and how that fits within broader historical narratives on WWII in the Pacific. Mr. Frank will offer a lecture on the history of the war in the Pacific, with time left for Q&A with attending teachers.
Wednesday, July 29: This webinar will offer an in-depth presentation on the Museum’s free educational resources related to the war in the Pacific. The discussion will include an overview of the lesson plans, essays, oral histories, and interactive videos that educators can use to teach the Pacific theater of WWII, from the attack on Pearl Harbor to liberation in the Pacific. This presentation will also include materials related to the Museum’s curriculum on the Home Front, looking at the specific ways WWII in the Pacific led to the incarceration of Japanese Americans, as well as the development of the world’s first atomic bombs.
Friday, July 31: In the final webinar for the week, educators who tune in will hear directly from a teacher about the best practices in applying the Museum’s curricular resources to teach the history of the war in the Pacific. Featuring an alumnus of the Museum’s summer teacher programs, and a trained Master Teacher in the Museum’s educational resources, this interactive presentation will give educators the opportunity to see the application of these resources in action, with discussions on the use of the Museum’s curriculum in both in-class and online formats.