The Chairman for the California Society Valley Forge Teacher Scholarship Award Program is Bob Taylor.

This award is open to all 5th Grade Elementary School Teachers, 8th Grade and High School American History Teachers, either public, private or parochial who teach the American Revolution. The selected teachers (up to two each year) will receive a trip to the Summer Graduate Teacher Workshop related to the American Revolution presented by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.  (The chosen workshop will be the one most closely related to the American Revolution.)  The Award, valued up to $1,700 includes tuition, room and board*, and transportation expenses (up to $500.00).  (*meals are provided when on-campus only; meals for off-campus visits to workshop sites are not included.) 

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Below is the description of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Graduate Teacher program for 2021:

American Revolution: Philadelphia Campaign
27 June – 2 July OR 18-28 July 2021 
Academic Director: Mr. Arch Hunter

This workshop features field studies and tours of:

  • Brandywine Battlefield, Paoli Massacre & Battle of the Clouds
  • General Anthony Wayne’s grave at St. David’s Episcopal Church
  • Valley Forge National Park
  • Augustus Lutheran Church & Evacuation of Philadelphia
  • Peter Wentz Farmstead & Cliveden/Chew House in Germantown
  • Fort Mifflin & National Constitution Center
  • Christ Church & Burial Ground
  • Franklin Post Office & Betsy Ross House
  • Liberty Bell, Dinner at City Tavern & Independence Hall after hours
  • Washington Crossing & Tower at Bowman’s Hill
  • Battle of Princeton & Monmouth Battlefield & Courthouse
  • Morristown/Jockeytown & Museum of the American Revolution

Itinerary:

Sunday:  Travel day – please plan to arrive at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) in time for the 2:45 pm or 5:30 pm shuttle to the campus, which are no cost.  Teachers will be responsible for transportation to the campus otherwise.  There will be dinner and orientation at the campus.

Monday:  Besides visiting the Brandywine Battlefield, Paoli Massacre and Battle of the Clouds sites, there will be a visit to General Anthony Wayne’s gravesite at St. David’s Episcopal Church, a tour of the Valley Forge National Park and a visit with Edward “Ned” Hector, a free man of color and hero of the Battles at Brandywine and Germantown.

Tuesday:  Visit to Augustus Lutheran Church and its involvement with the evacuation of Philadelphia.  Pastor Henry Muhlenburg was the father of Brigadier General Peter Muhlenburg, Commander of the Virginia Line in Nathaniel Greene’s division at Valley Forge.  Other sites to be visited include the Peter Wentz Farmstead, the Cliveden/Chew House in Germantown, and Fort Mifflin.  In the evening, Sean Moir will discuss mapping during the Revolutionary War.

Wednesday:  The National Constitution Center, along with Christ Church and Burial Ground, the Franklin Post Office, the Betsy Ross House and the Liberty Bell will be included.  There will be a walking tour of the historic area, which includes the 1st& 2nd U.S. Bank, Congress Hall, Elfreth’s Alley.  The evening will include dinner at the City Tavern and an after-hours tour of Independence Hall.

Thursday:  Sites to be visited include Washington Crossing & the Tower at Bowman’s Hill, the Battle of Princeton, Monmouth Battlefield & Courthouse, Morristown/Jockeytown.  The evening will consist of a talk by Nancy Loane, author of “Following the Drum: Women at the Valley Forge Encampment”.

Friday:  Day starts with a visit to the Museum of the American Revolution, followed by the start of the flight home at the Philadelphia airport or return to the campus.

 
For more information on the Program, please contact the FFVF Education Department at (610) 933-8825 ext. 292 or education@ffvf.org.
 
Source:  http://www.freedomsfoundation.org (select Revolution and Rebellion, 1756-1794 for this year’s program).

Application:

If interested, prepare the California SAR Application for Valley Forge Teacher Scholarship and submit it to a nearby California SAR Chapter.

Chapter Resources

The California Society Valley Forge Teacher Scholarship Award Program offers qualified teachers an outstanding opportunity for experiencing actual Revolutionary War and Colonial America sites, and learning from experts in their field the whys and wherefores that determined the future of America.  The intent of this program is for these teachers to then imbue their classroom instruction with what they have learned and, hopefully, create a spark within their students to learn and be guided by the foundational truths that established this country.

Chapters receiving applications or enquiries regarding this program should ensure the interested person is a 5th Grade Elementary School Teacher, 8th Grade or High School American History Teacher, either public, private or parochial, who are teaching the American Revolution in the classroom.  By all means, feel free to canvass the neighborhood for schools and school boards who have teachers unaware of this Program, talk to them and make presentations to educate them.  If publicized, this Program will garner interest in your area!

Teachers selected for this Program should be made aware that participation can be credited for training hours.  For information regarding this, teachers should go to the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge website at http://www.freedomsfoundation.org, or contact the FFVF by calling the Education Department at (610) 933-8825 ext. 292, or by emailing them at education@ffvf.org

Encourage each applicant to submit documentation that will support their qualification for this Program.  This would include letters of recommendation from their schools, school board or civic officials; resumes and references; teaching awards; newspaper or magazine articles; any document that would demonstrate the interest and activity of the applicant in teaching the American Revolution.

Each Chapter should be prepared to review the application package with the applicant, and assist them in filling out the CASSAR forms and preparing their package for submission.  Remember, time spent with them now may pay huge dividends later!

In the event of multiple applicants, each Chapter should make an evaluation of each application package and interview the applicants to determine the two most qualified to participate, with one identified as the primary selection and the other as an alternate.  The application package(s) should then be submitted to Bob Taylor, the Program Chairman, for the final selection.

It is recommended the Chapter selection process be completed by 1 April to ensure the selected application(s) is (are) received by the Program Chairman on or before 16 April.

Please consider that each teacher selected to participate in this Program has the potential to reach and influence thousands of students.  Who knows whether the teacher you select will influence the one student who has the ability to change the course of this nation in a positive way?  Only time will tell!

Should you wish to call me instead of using the email link, my telephone numbers are 805-289-9259 and 805-216-7992 (cell).