Valentine Teacher Fellowship

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Valentine Teacher Fellowship Program! The Valentine Teacher Fellow will work with the Education Department over the summer to develop resources for programs based on our collection, assess existing programs and support our summer teacher workshops. Read the full Teacher Fellowship description here.

How to apply

Applications for Summer 2023 Teacher Fellows are now closed.

Teacher Workshops

Throughout the year, the Valentine offers free teacher professional development opportunities to K-12 teachers in the Richmond region. Below you will find Summer 2023 workshop opportunities.  All participants will receive a Valentine membership and a certificate of professional development hours.   To register please click on the title of the program below or visit our calendar.

Don’t see something you’re looking for? We will be happy to arrange a professional development program for your group! (Five teacher/ administrator minimum to schedule.) Email for more info.

2023 Teacher Workshops

Figures of Freedom Walking Tour June 20 | 9:30 – 11:30am
Step into the past in Shockoe Bottom, one of Richmond’s oldest historic districts, to explore the struggles for freedom that helped shape America.

Jackson Ward Walking Tour June 27 | 9:30 – 11:30am
Explore the diversity of one of city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Explore murals, revitalized buildings and historic homes and learn the neighborhood’s rich history.

Museum Collections in the Classrooms: PBL at the Valentine – June 29 | 10am – 12pm
Hear about how schools in the region are inviting the Valentine into their classroom to dig deep in to our region’s stories. Learn about how you can integrate primary sources and project based learning into your classroom so students can explore community history.

Ancients in the Neighborhood and Greek by Design – July 11 | 9:30am – 12pm
During this walking tour Richmond’s Court End neighborhood, teachers explore Richmond architecture influenced by Egypt, Greece and Ancient Rome.  Following the tour, teachers will invited into the Valentine Wickham House to view neoclassical interior design.

Fall Line River City: Exploring Freedom in Revolutionary Richmond – July 18 | 10am – 12pm
Learn how the Revolutionary War impacted three Richmonders and investigate primary sources related to their lives. Explore what freedom meant in 1776, in 1865 and what it means today.

Lost Cause and Public Memory July 25| 10am – 12pm
Join curator Christina Vida to discuss the museum’s plan to reinterpret Edward Valentine’s sculpture studio, where the artist and first Valentine Museum president created many significant Confederate artworks including the Jefferson Davis statue that was pulled down from Monument Avenue. Join us for a discussion about the history of the Lost Cause and share your feedback on how the studio can best serve teachers and students.

A Hamilton Connection: The Traitor, the Judge and the Attorney July 27 | 9 – 12pm
Offered in collaboration with the John Marshall House, this workshop will explore how the Treason Trial of Aaron Burr placed the focus of the nation to Richmond, Virginia, to see how Chief Justice John Marshall would decide the fate of former Vice President Aaron Burr.  This program will begin at the John Marshall House and end at the Valentine Museum Wickham House. Snacks will be served.

Three Objects, One Story Gallery Walk– August 1 | 10am – 12pm
Learn how The Valentine uses objects to tell stories about our community and how you can use this method in the classroom to develop your students’ historical literacy skills.