Online Teacher Professional Development

Explore the history and lessons of World War II virtually with no special technology needed! Access classroom-ready lesson plans and training, view archival video and rare artifacts, and discuss teaching strategies with experts and peers right from your device.

Online Teacher Professional Development Courses in Partnership with American Battle Monuments Commission


Join The National WWII Museum and American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) for exclusive online teacher training courses which will bring the history and legacy of World War II to life in your classroom. The American Battle Monuments Commission, established by Congress in 1923, is an agency of the executive branch of the federal government. ABMC — guardian of America’s overseas commemorative cemeteries and memorials — honors the service, achievements and sacrifice of U.S. Armed Forces. This partnership will provide teachers unparalleled access to both institutions, all from the comfort of their home.

These courses are free and open to any K-12 teacher at an accredited public, charter, private, or parochial school. Teachers located in Louisiana or Virginia will receive professional development credit hours (Virginia teachers will need to receive approval from their school district in order to be eligible to receive hours). 


Course: War in Europe


This course will focus on the American experience in the War in Europe through the lens of four American Battle Monuments Commission sites. Beginning first with the American invasion of Sicily and Italy, the four module course will cover the Allied efforts to eliminate Fascism from Europe. This course will focus on developing content knowledge and the exchange of pedagogical approaches to teaching about the European theater of WWII.

Course highlights include:

  • Virtual Tours of select American Battle Monuments Commission sites, including cemeteries in Normandy, Florence, and many others
  • Lectures from top historians from The National WWII Museum
  • Access to content from Museum galleries
  • Access to high-quality curriculum and teaching tips from a Museum Master Teacher
  • Discussion board facilitation and conversations with Museum educators

Registration is now closed.

These courses are free and open to any K-12 teacher at an accredited public, charter, private, or parochial school.

Course Opens: October 18, 2021


Course: Liberation and Legacy


This course will focus on the experiences of United States servicemembers and citizens during the end and aftermath of World War II, studied through the lens of four ABMC sites. Built on the themes of liberation, legacy, memorials, and honoring the missing, this course will look at the ways the United States has commemorated the memory of those whose lives helped secure liberation of others. Each of the four modules is designed to explore the ways we remember and honor the dead lost during this global conflict, while developing content knowledge and pedagogical approaches to teaching about the end and aftermath of WWII.

Enrollment Opens: December 1, 2021

Course Opens: January 10, 2021

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