2014 Midway Teacher Institute

Unique Opportunity for High School Teachers

The USS Midway Museum’s 2014 Midway Institute for Teachers will offer two weeks of professional development on teaching about the Cold War era, its origins and effects, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and era, and presidential decision-making. Thirty teacher/scholars will be selected to participate in a specialized institute in downtown San Diego, from June 16-27, 2014. The seminar will be held aboard the USS Midway, an artifact of that era and the only aircraft carrier to serve the entire duration of the Cold War.

The first week covers Cold War antecedents, the early Cold War, the Korean conflict, the initial stages of the war in Vietnam, and key American domestic events. The second week emphasizes the Vietnam War and its tragic end, dramatic changes in American society, and the conclusion of the Cold War. The program features content presentations and recent research by expert scholars, including award-winning presidential historian Dr. Robert Dallek. It includes behind-the-scenes tours of the Midway, discussions with veterans and other participants in historical events, museum field trips, and pedagogical sessions that incorporate discussion of the Common Core standards and proposed national history framework. Interaction with institute faculty is encouraged, and optional university credit can be earned from California State University, San Marcos.

Also featured in the Institute will be a presentation by Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Jay Vargas, and a workshop utilizing the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s character development curriculum, “Lessons on Bravery and Self-Sacrifice.” Teachers attending the Institute will receive a $1,000 stipend, partial travel expense reimbursement (for those attending from outside the San Diego area), paid parking, meals aboard Midway, and numerous books and teaching resources.

Application (pdf).


To apply or receive more information about the Institute, contact Institute Director John F. Burns at jburns@midway.org

For information about local arrangments, contact Institute Co-Director Dr. Kirk Ankeney at kankeney@midway.org

Fast Fact

Midway could launch a massive aircraft about every 60 seconds.


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