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Talking about Monuments with Students – Professional Development Workshop

August 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join us for a free virtual professional development workshop for educators!

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So much change has happened recently in Richmond’s monumental landscape. How can we talk about monuments with our students in a way that makes sense to them? How do we make sense of this moment as educators? And, how can we make the most of this teachable moment? 

In this 90 minute online workshop, the Valentine’s Education & Engagement team will explore the past and present of Richmond’s monuments, consider why representation matters and share a strategy for using primary sources to analyze monuments with elementary and secondary students.

Participants in the workshop will receive a 90 minute professional development certificate upon completion. This workshop is open to Richmond area Educators of K-12th grade. Registration is required. 


  1. Gain background knowledge on Richmond monuments and the Lost Cause
  2. Essential Questions for classroom discussion
  3. Inquiry-based primary source analysis activity

This topic relates to the following Virginia SOLs:  K.1b, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 1.10, 2.1b, VS.1, VS.7, VS.8, USII, USII.3, USII.4, CE.1, VUS.1, VUS.7, GOVT.1, GOVT.3, GOVT. 9

Questions? Email education@thevalentine.org or call 804-649-0711.

The mission of the Valentine is to engage, educate and challenge a diverse audience by collecting, preserving and interpreting Richmond’s history. In recent years, the Valentine has hosted two exhibitions and ongoing education programs on the history and legacy of monuments in Richmond. Monumental: Richmond’s Monuments (1607-2018) explored how monuments marked the landscape to reflect Richmond’s collective values. Monument Avenue: General Demotion/General Devotion invited teams of planners, architects, designers, artists and individuals to participate in a national design competition to conceptually re-imagine Monument Avenue and contribute to the ongoing dialogue about race, memory, the urban landscape and public art.



August 5
10:00 am - 11:30 am


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